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BA in General Science

This major is designed for students who want a science background to complement another career goal. There are three areas of competency for the general science major: life science, mathematics, and physical science. Three of the courses (9 credits) will satisfy College Core requirements.

Degree Requirements
The BA in General Science requires 120 course credits, including:

College Core Requirements 40 credits*
General Science Major 40-43 credits
Area 1 | Life Science 15-19 credits
A. Choose one of the following:  
BIOL 223 Ecology (4 credits)  
NSCI 340 Environmental Biology (3 credits)  
B. Choose one of the following:  
BIOL 317 Evolutionary Bio (3 credits)
NSCI 440 Understanding Evolution (3 credits)
C. Choose three from below that total 10-12 credits
BIOL 1xx | Any 200 level 3 or 4 credits
BIOL 2xx | Any 200 level 3 or 4 credits (Not BIOL 217)
Area 2 | Mathematics   6-7 credits
A. MATH 1xx | Any 100 level (3 credits)
B. Choose one course from those listed below:
MATH 120 Computational Mathematics (3 credits)
MATH 212 Biomedical Statistics (4 credits)
MATH 222 Mathematics for Elementary Education
(Only for Teacher Education students)
(3 credits)
Area 3 | Physical Science   17 credits
A. CHEM 109 General, Organic, and Biochemistry (4 credits)
B. NSCI 301 Astronomy (3 credits)
C. PHYS 205 Introduction to Physics (4 credits)
D. The three following courses are required:
NSCI 205 Chemistry for the Courtroom (3 credits)
NSCI 302 Great Discoveries in Science (3 credits)
Capstone Course: NSCI 403-404 Natural Science Colloquium (3 credits)
Open Electives 35-38 credits
TOTAL 120 credits

*Nine core credits in natural science and mathematics may be satisfied with major requirements.

Sample Program
BA in General Science (120 credits)

Year 1

FYE 101 First Year Experience 1 credit
ENGL 110 Writing in Context I (Fall) 3 credits
ENGL 120 Writing in Context II (Spring) 3 credits
MATH 102 Mathematical Modeling 3 credits
Modern Language and Literature Core 6 credits
BIOL 109-110 Anatomy and Physiology I and II 6 credits
CHEM 109 General, Organic, and Biochemistry 4 credits
NSCI 302 Great Discoveries in Science 3 credits
TOTAL 29 credits

Year 2

Core Courses 6 credits
MATH 120 Computational Mathematics 3 credits
NSCI 301 Astronomy 3 credits
Religious Studies Core 3 credits
Introduction to Ethics – Philosophy Core 3 credits
Open Electives 12 credits
TOTAL 30 credits

Year 3

Core Courses 6 credits
BIOL 340 Environmental Biology 3 credits
PHYS 205 Introduction to Physics 4 credits
Religious Studies Topics Core 3 credits
Open Electives 14 credits
TOTAL 30 credits

Year 4

BIOL 440 Understanding Evolution 3 credits
Core Courses 6 credits
NSCI 301 Astronomy 3 credits
NSCI 403-404 Natural Science Colloquium 3 credits
Open Electives 18 credits
TOTAL 31 credits

Total Credits for Graduation: 120