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 27 to 29 credits in foundation science and mathematics courses and 37 to 39 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 (62-72 credits)|
|Foundational courses (28-33 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|
|BIOL 341/ANTH 301 Human Evolution or upper-level science||3|
|CHEM and CHEZ 101 General Chemistry and Laboratory I or CHEM 110 Chemistry and Society||3-4|
|INSC 300 Experiencing Science or ENVS/ENGL 368 Nature Writing or upper-level science||3|
|MATH 151 Precalculus Mathematics (or placement)||4|
|MATH 200 Calculus with Analytic Geometry, MGMT 212 Differential Calculus and Optimization for Business or STAT 314 or higher||3-4|
|INSC 490 Capstone Research Experience in Interdisciplinary Science or an approved capstone from another science major (biology, chemistry or physics)||1-3|
|PHYS and PHYZ 101 Foundation of Physics and Laboratory, PHYS 107 Wonders of Technology, 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 (36-39 credits)|
|BIOL 317 Ecology, BIOL 332/ENVS 330 Environmental Pollution, ENVS/PHYS 315 Energy and Environment or upper-level science||3|
|ENVS 301 Introduction to Meteorology, ENVS/GEOG 401 Meteorology and Climatology or upper-level science||3|
|ENVS 310 Introduction to Oceanography, ENVS/GEOG 411 Oceanography or upper-level science||3|
|GEOG/ENVS 105 Physical Geology or GEOG 204 Physical Geography (choose one) and GEOZ 204 Physical Geography Laboratory, or a 200-level science with laboratory||4|
|PHYS 103 Elementary Astronomy and (one of) PHYZ 103 Elementary Astronomy Laboratory or Introduction to Pre-Health topics course, or a 200-level science with laboratory||4|
|A second introductory foundation course (with laboratory) in two of the following three areas: biology, chemistry or physics||8-10|
|Ethics or other health-related science||3|
|Research, internship, co-op or upper-level service-learning experience||3|
|Two additional courses at the 200-level or higher in mathematics, science, teaching mathematics and/or science with adviser’s approval [Recommended upper-level courses are CHEM 403, ENVS 335, HUMS 391 (only when topic is science education in urban environment), LFSC/RELS 401; EDUS 300 and/or EDUS 301 may be used if student is preparing for teaching.]||5-6|
|Open electives (6-24 credits)|
|Total minimum requirement||120|
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