The Bachelor of Science in Science requires a minimum of 120 credits.
Along with the general education requirements of the undergraduate programs and the College of Humanities and Sciences for a Bachelor of Science degree, this curriculum requires 29 to 30 credits in foundation science and mathematics courses and 33 to 34 credits in supplemental courses in the concentration. In preparation for the required mathematical sciences courses, all students must take the Mathematics Placement Test. Science majors are strongly encouraged to select a minor in an area different from their area of concentration that will complement their career interests and contribute additional upper-level credits to their curriculum.
A minimum grade of C is required in BIOL 151 and 152, BIOZ 151 and 152, and BIOL 218 before enrollment in advanced BIOL courses.
Upon completing this program, students will know and know how to do the following:
|General Education requirements (32-46 credits)||Credits|
|University Core Education Curriculum (minimum 21 credits)|
|UNIV 111 Focused Inquiry I||3|
|UNIV 112 Focused Inquiry II||3|
|UNIV 200 Inquiry and the Craft of Argument||3|
|Approved humanities/fine arts||3|
|Approved natural/physical sciences||3-4|
|Approved quantitative literacy||3-4|
|Approved social/behavioral sciences||3-4|
|Additional College of Humanities and Sciences requirements (11-23 credits)|
|HUMS 202 Choices in a Consumer Society||1|
|Approved H&S diverse and global communities||3|
|Approved H&S general education electives||6-8|
|Approved H&S human, social and political behavior (fulfills University Core social/behavioral sciences)|
|Approved H&S literature and civilization (fulfills University Core humanities/fine arts)|
|Approved H&S science and technology (fulfills University Core natural/physical sciences)|
|Experiential fine arts (course offered by the School of the Arts)||1-3|
|Foreign language through the 102 level (by course or placement)||0-8|
|Major requirements (62-67 credits)|
|Foundational courses (29-30 credits)|
|BIOL and BIOZ 101 Biological Concepts and Laboratory, BIOL/ENVS 103 Environmental Science, BIOL and BIOZ 151 Introduction to Biological Science I and Laboratory, or BIOL and BIOZ 152 Introduction to Biological Science II and Laboratory||4|
|CHEM and CHEZ 101 General Chemistry and Laboratory I||4|
|ENVS 301 Introduction to Meteorology or upper-level science elective||3|
|ENVS 310 Introduction to Oceanography or upper-level science elective||2-3|
|INSC 490 Capstone Research Experience in Interdisciplinary Science or an approved capstone from another science major (biology, chemistry or physics)||1-3|
|MATH 151 Precalculus Mathematics (or placement)||4|
|MATH 200 Calculus with Analytic Geometry||4|
|PHYS 201 General Physics or PHYS 207 University Physics I||4-5|
|STAT 208 Statistical Thinking or STAT 210 Basic Practice of Statistics||3|
|Supplemental courses (33-34 credits)|
|BIOL 151 and BIOZ 151 Introduction to Biological Science I and Laboratory or BIOL and BIOZ 201 Human Biology and Laboratory||4|
|BIOL 317 Ecology or ENVS/PHYS 315 Energy and the Environment or BIOL 332/ENVS 330 Environmental Pollution||3|
|CHEM and CHEZ 102 General Chemistry and Laboratory II||4|
|CHEM 301 and CHEZ 301 Organic Chemistry and Laboratory I||5|
|CHEM 302 and CHEZ 302 Organic Chemistry and Laboratory II||5|
|CHEM and CHEZ 309 Quantitative Analysis and Laboratory||4|
|GEOG/ENVS 105 Physical Geology or GEOG 204 Physical Geography||3|
|GEOZ 204 Physical Geography Laboratory||1|
|PHYS 202 General Physics or PHYS 208 University Physics II||4-5|
|Open electives (10-26 credits)|
|Total minimum requirement||120|
Last update: 5/8/2014
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