General Science

Program Goals

The General Sciences degree program is an interdisciplinary degree track leading to Bachelor’s degree in General Science. It is designed for students who may not require the focus of a single science curriculum. The degree is designed to provide a broad education and to teach the fundamentals of science. The flexibility in the choice of courses allows students to obtain a degree that meets their career goals. Students can concentrate on biological sciences or chemistry as they prepare for admission to medical school, or other professional school in the health industry. Students can also prepare for graduate school, or work in fields in the pharmaceutical industry, clinical or laboratory setting, public health or environmental sciences, federal, state and local government, in the military.

Goals of the General Sciences program are:

  1. To prepare students to conduct and communicate original scientific investigations.
  2. To graduate students who have a solid grounding in many areas of science including biology with significant exposure to chemistry, physics, mathematics and computer science.
  3. To prepare and graduate students who enter graduate school or professional school.
  4. To prepare students for the world of work in a variety of settings.

Outcomes

General Science Learning Outcomes

  • Students are able to apply the scientific method and complete an independent research project.
  • Students are able to effectively communicate scientific concepts through written, spoken and visual means. 
  • Possess working knowledge of the principles of chemistry, biology, mathematics and physics. 
  • Apply critical analysis and quantitative problem-solving skills to a variety of contexts. 
  • Demonstrate reasoning skill and ability to engage in scientific problem solving.

Requirements

To complete the General Science degree, a student must complete each of the following:

General Science core requirements:

Course Credits
BIO-103 and BIO-104 - General Biology I and II for Majors 8
CHE-103 and CHE-104 - General Chemistry I and II 8
PHY-103 and 104 – Introduction to Physics I and II OR
PHY-105 and 106 – General Physics I and II
8
Mathematics and Computer Science: Any two of the following:
MAT-110, MAT-111, CSC-151, CSC-152
6 - 8
Total General Science core requirements 30 - 32 credits

Major Emphasis Area
The student must complete a major emphasis area in one of the departments; this will be an additional four courses in the chosen department beyond the two courses listed in General Science core requirements for that department.

Course Credits
Select an Emphasis area: (4 courses beyond core)
Biology
Chemistry
Computer Science
Mathematics
Physics
12 - 16
Capstone Experience
The student must complete the capstone experience required by the department which the student is using for the major emphasis area.
3 - 4
Total Major Emphasis Area 15 - 20 credits

Minor Emphasis Area

Course Credits
Select an Emphasis area: (2 courses beyond core)
Biology
Chemistry
Computer Science
Mathematics
Physics
6 - 8
Total Minor Emphasis Area 15 - 20 credits
Total General Science Requirements 66 - 80 credits

Standards
For the major emphasis area, the cumulative GPA must be 2.00 or above. Only one C- grade is allowed; all other grades must be above C-.
For the minor emphasis area, the cumulative GPA must be 2.00 or above. Only one C- grade is allowed; all other grades must be above C-