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Science

Abington College (SCIAB)
Altoona College (SCIAL)
Berks College (SCIBL)
Capital College (SCICA)
University College (SCICC): Penn State Worthington-Scranton, Penn State York
University Park, Eberly College of Science (SC BS)
Integrated Five-Year Science/Business M.B.A. Program (SCBUS)

Not all options are available at every campus. Contact the campus you are interested in attending to determine which options are offered.

PROFESSOR RONALD MARKLE, in charge

The Science major is an interdisciplinary degree that aims to provide a broad, general education in science. The bachelor of science (B.S.) curriculum is designed specifically for students who have education goals relating to scientific theory and practice and who require a high degree of flexibility to obtain their educational objectives. After completing foundation courses in calculus, chemistry, physics, and the life sciences, students will select additional science courses from designated areas. A large number of supporting credits permit students to readily include significant breadth or specialization into their undergraduate curriculum. Some examples include minors in business, computer and information science, education, kinesiology, or other fields. The degree allows students throughout the Commonwealth to become familiar with both the theory and the practice of science. It can help prepare students for various careers in pharmaceutical, biotechnical, chemical, medical, and agricultural industries. The degree can also be tailored to meet the specific requirements of professional programs such as medical, dental, or pharmacy schools. The General Science option of the B.S. Science degree allows for the most flexibility. Achievement in a more specialized set of goals can be met by selecting one of the other B.S. options offered: the Biological Sciences and Health Professions option, the Legal Studies, Government Service, Public Policy option, the Life Sciences option, the Mathematical Sciences option, or the Physical Sciences option. Not all of these options are available at all locations, and there are minor distinctions of the core curriculum at some locations, so see the Science program director at your College for further details.

In order to be eligible for entrance to the Science major, a student at any location must have: 1) attained at least a 2.00 cumulative grade-point average; 2) completed MATH 140 GQ(4) with a grade of C or better; 3) completed at least two of the following courses, BIOL 110 GN(4); CHEM 110 GN(3); PHYS 211 GN(4) or PHYS 250 GN(4), with a grade of C or better.

For the B.S. degree in Science, a minimum of 124 credits is required, with at least 15 credits at the 400 level.

TWO-YEAR PREPROFESSIONAL PREPARATION: The first two years of the Science major (62 credits) can meet the pre professional needs of those interested in admission to some schools of pharmacy, physical therapy, optometry, nursing, and physician assistant training. Successful students can then transfer after two years of undergraduate study to the professional school to which they are admitted. Note, however, that no Penn State degree can be awarded after only two years (62 credits) of study in the Science major. Also, note that the abbreviated two-year curriculum alone does not prepare students for admission to professional schools of general medicine, veterinary medicine, or dental medicine. Consult with your college's health sciences professional adviser for additional information.

ACCELERATED SCIENCE B.S./M.B.A. PROGRAM: Students admitted to this special cooperative program between the Eberly College of Science and The Smeal College of Business will be able to combine a Bachelor of Science degree in the Science major, with a Master of Business Administration degree. Highly motivated students, who enter the University with a sufficient number and proper distribution of AP credits, will have the opportunity to complete the requirements for both programs within five years. The B.S. degree in the Science major General Science option, will be conferred upon satisfactory completion of:

1. A minimum of 112 acceptable undergraduate credits, which must include:

  1. (30 credits) The University's General Education requirements in the areas of Writing and Speaking (9), Health and Physical Activity (3), Arts (6), Humanities (6), and Social and Behavioral Sciences (6). (Note: Students will be required to take ECON 102 GS(3) and ECON 104 GS(3) in order to satisfy the Social and Behavioral Sciences requirement. The University's General Education requirements in the areas of Quantification and Natural Sciences will be satisfied by course work listed under heading "c".)
  2. The University's First-Year Seminar, United States Cultures, International Cultures, and Writing Across the Curriculum requirements. (Note: These requirements may be double counted in order to satisfy other requirements in the program.)
  3. (53-57 credits) BIOL 110 GN(4), CHEM 110 GN(3), CHEM 111(1), CHEM 112 GN(3), CHEM 113 GN(1), CMPSC 203 GQ(4), MATH 140 GQ(4), MATH 141 GQ(4), PHYS 211 GN(4), PHYS 212 GN(4), PHYS 213 GN(2), PHYS 214 GN(2), or PHYS 250 GN(4), PHYS 251 GN(4), STAT 200 GQ(4); an additional life science course selected from B M B 211(3), B M B 251(3), or MICRB 201(3); and 14 additional credits of course work from the Eberly College of Science, with at least nine credits at the 400 level.
  4. (0-8 credits) Demonstration of second semester proficiency in a single foreign language.
  5. (3-9 credits) SC 295(1-3), SC 395(1-3), SC 495(1-3) (Note: Students must complete three Eberly College of Science Cooperative Education experiences, including at least one experience which is a full semester in length.)
  6. (4 credits) ACCTG 211(4)
  7. (4-22 credits) Supporting courses and related areas selected from the program list.

2. The first semester of course work in The Smeal College of Business M.B.A. program (i.e., a minimum of 12 graduate credits).

Scheduling Recommendation by Semester Standing given like (Sem: 1-2)

GENERAL EDUCATION: 45 credits
(15 of these 45 credits are included in the REQUIREMENTS FOR THE MAJOR)
(See description of General Education in this bulletin.)

FIRST-YEAR SEMINAR:
(Included in GENERAL EDUCATION course selection or SUPPORTING COURSES AND RELATED AREAS)

UNITED STATES CULTURES AND INTERNATIONAL CULTURES:
(Included in GENERAL EDUCATION course selection or SUPPORTING COURSES AND RELATED AREAS)

WRITING ACROSS THE CURRICULUM:
(Included in GENERAL EDUCATION course selection or REQUIREMENTS FOR THE MAJOR or SUPPORTING COURSES AND RELATED AREAS)

REQUIREMENTS FOR THE MAJOR: 94 credits
(This includes 15 credits of General Education courses: 9 credits of GN courses; 6 credits of GQ courses.)

COMMON REQUIREMENTS FOR MAJOR (All options)

PRESCRIBED COURSES (20 credits)
CHEM 110 GN(3)[1], CHEM 111 GN(1), CHEM 112 GN(3), CHEM 113 GN(1), MATH 140 GQ(4)[1], MATH 141 GQ(4) (Sem: 1-2)
BIOL 110 GN(4)[1] (Sem: 1-4)

REQUIREMENTS FOR THE OPTIONS: 60-88 credits

GENERAL SCIENCE OPTION: (68-79 credits)

ADDITIONAL COURSES (15-20 credits)
Select 4 credits from BIOL 129 GN(4), BIOL 220W(4), BIOL 230W(4), BIOL 240W(4) or BIOL 141 GN(3) and BIOL 142(1) (Sem: 3-4)
Select 3-4 credits from STAT 200 GQ(4), or STAT 250 GQ(3) or STAT 301(3) or STAT 401(3) (Sem: 3-4)
Select 8-12 credits from PHYS 211 GN(4)[1], PHYS 212 GN(4), PHYS 213 GN(2), PHYS 214 GN(2); or PHYS 250 GN(4)[1], PHYS 251 GN(4) (Sem: 3-6)

SUPPORTING COURSES AND RELATED AREAS (53-59 credits)
(A maximum of 12 credits of Independent Study [296, 496] may be applied toward credits for graduation.)
Select 20-26 credits from program list (Students may apply 6 credits of ROTC.) (Sem: 1-8)
Select 3 credits from earth and mineral sciences (Sem: 3-8)
Select 18 credits in life, mathematical, or physical sciences, with at least 9 credits[1] at the 400 level[60] (Sem: 3-8)
Select 3 credits in Global, Social and Personal Awareness from department approved course list in consultation with adviser (Sem: 3-8)
Select 3 credits in Teamwork and Interpersonal Communication from department approved course list in consultation with adviser (Sem: 3-8)
Select 6 credits of 400-level courses (Sem: 5-8)

BIOLOGICAL SCIENCES AND HEALTH PROFESSIONS OPTION: (66-80 credits)

PRESCRIBED COURSES (3 credits)
H P A 101(3) (Sem: 3-6)

ADDITIONAL COURSES (24-31 credits)
Select 4 credits from BIOL 129 GN(4), BIOL 220W(4), BIOL 230W(4), BIOL 240W(4) or BIOL 141 GN(3) and BIOL 142(1) (Sem: 3-4)
Select 3-4 credits from STAT 200 GQ(4), or STAT 250 GQ(3) or STAT 301(3) or STAT 401(3) (Sem: 3-4)
Select 6-8 credits from CHEM 210(3), CHEM 212(3), CHEM 213(2) or CHEM 202(3), CHEM 203(3) (Sem: 3-6)
Select 3 credits from B M B 211(3), B M B 251(3), MICRB 201(3), BIOL 222(3), or BIOL 322(3) (Sem: 3-6)
Select 8-12 credits from PHYS 211 GN(4)[1], PHYS 212 GN(4), PHYS 213 GN(2), PHYS 214 GN(2); or PHYS 250 GN(4)[1], PHYS 251 GN(4) (Sem: 3-6)

SUPPORTING COURSES AND RELATED AREAS (39-46 credits)
(A maximum of 12 credits of Independent Study [296, 496] may be applied toward credits for graduation.)
Select 15 credits from program list for Healthcare/ Medicine/Ethical Competencies; 6 credits must be at the 400-level (Sem: 3-8) Select from department approved course list in consultation with adviser.
Select 9-16 credits from program list (Students may apply 6 credits of ROTC. (Sem: 1-8)
Select 3 credits in Global, Social and Personal Awareness from department approved course list in consultation with adviser (Sem: 3-8)
Select 3 credits in Teamwork and Interpersonal Communication from department approved course list in consultation with adviser (Sem: 3-8)
Select 9 credits[1] of 400-level B M B, BIOL, BIOTC, or MICRB courses (Sem: 5-8)

LEGAL STUDIES, GOVERNMENT SERVICE, PUBLIC POLICY OPTION (68-78 credits)

ADDITIONAL COURSES (15-20 credits)
Select 4 credits from BIOL 129 GN(4), BIOL 220W(4), BIOL 230W(4), BIOL 240W(4) or BIOL 141 GN(3) and BIOL 142(1) (Sem: 3-4)
Select 3-4 credits from STAT 200 GQ(4), or STAT 250 GQ(3) or STAT 301(3) or STAT 401(3) (Sem: 3-4)
Select 8-12 credits from PHYS 211 GN(4)[1], PHYS 212 GN(4), PHYS 213 GN(2), PHYS 214 GN(2); or PHYS 250 GN(4)[1], PHYS 251 GN(4) (Sem: 3-6)

SUPPORTING COURSES AND RELATED AREAS (53-58)
Select 11-16 credits from program list (Students may apply 6 credits of ROTC. (Sem: 1-8)
Select 18 credits in life, mathematical, or physical sciences, with at least 9 credits[1] at the 400 level[60] (Sem: 3-8)
Select 18 credits from program list for Legal Studies, Government Service, Public Policy; 6 credits must be at the 400-level (Sem: 3-8)  Select from department approved course list in consultation with adviser.
Select 3 credits in Global, Social and Personal Awareness from department approved course list in consultation with adviser (Sem: 3-8)
Select 3 credits in Teamwork and Interpersonal Communication from department approved course list in consultation with adviser (Sem: 3-8)

LIFE SCIENCE OPTION: (60-88 credits)

ADDITIONAL COURSES (24-30 credits)
Select 4 credits from BIOL 220W GN(4), BIOL 230W GN(4), BIOL 240W GN(4) (Sem: 3-4)
Select 3 credits from CMPSC 101 GQ(3), MATH 250(3), or STAT 250 GQ(3) (Sem: 3-4)
Select 3 credits from B M B 211(3), B M B 251(3), or MICRB 201(3) (Sem: 3-4)
CHEM 202(3), CHEM 203(3); or CHEM 210(3), CHEM 212(3), CHEM 213(2) (Sem: 3-6)
PHYS 211 GN(4)[1], PHYS 212 GN(4), PHYS 213 GN(2), PHYS 214 GN(2); or PHYS 250 GN(4)[1], PHYS 251 GN(4) (Sem: 3-6)

SUPPORTING COURSES AND RELATED AREAS (36-58 credits)
(A maximum of 12 credits of Independent Study [296, 496] may be applied toward credits for graduation.)
Select 21-35 credits from program list (Students may apply 6 credits of ROTC.) (Sem: 1-8)
Select 0-8 credits in a foreign language (proficiency demonstrated by examination or course work to the level of the second semester; if fewer than 8 credits are needed to reach the required proficiency, students choose selections from program list to total 8 credits) (Sem: 1-8)
Select 6 credits of 400-level courses (Sem: 5-8)
Select 9 credits[1] of 400-level B M B, BIOL, BIOTC, or MICRB courses (Sem: 5-8)

MATHEMATICAL SCIENCE OPTION: (61-88 credits)

PRESCRIBED COURSES (5-6 credits)
CMPSC 122(3), MATH 220 GQ(2-3) (Sem: 3-6)

ADDITIONAL COURSES (24-29 credits)
Select 3 credits from B M B 211(3), B M B 251(3), or MICRB 201(3) (Sem: 3-4)
CMPSC 121 GQ(3), CMPSC 201 GQ(3), or CMPSC 202 GQ(3) (Sem: 3-6)
MATH 230(4) or MATH 251(4) (Sem: 3-6)
CMPSC 360(3) or MATH 311W(3-4); STAT 301 GQ(3) or STAT 318(3) (Sem: 3-8)
PHYS 211 GN(4)[1], PHYS 212 GN(4), PHYS 213 GN(2), PHYS 214 GN(2); or PHYS 250 GN(4)[1], PHYS 251 GN(4) (Sem: 3-8)

SUPPORTING COURSES AND RELATED AREAS (32-53 credits)
(A maximum of 12 credits of Independent Study [296, 496] may be applied toward credits for graduation.)
Select 17-30 credits from program list (Students may apply 6 credits of ROTC.) (Sem: 1-8)
Select 0-8 credits in a foreign language (proficiency demonstrated by examination or course work to the level of the second semester; if fewer than 8 credits are needed to reach the required proficiency, students choose selections from program list to total 8 credits) (Sem: 1-8)
Select 9 credits[1] of 400-level CMPSC, CSE, MATH, or STAT courses (Sem: 5-8)
Select 6 credits of 400-level courses (Sem: 5-8)

PHYSICAL SCIENCE OPTION: (63-85 credits)

PRESCRIBED COURSES (15 credits)
ASTRO 291 GN(3), PHYS 211 GN(4)[1], PHYS 212 GN(4), PHYS 213 GN(2), PHYS 214 GN(2) (Sem: 3-6)

ADDITIONAL COURSES (16-19 credits)
Select 3 credits from B M B 211(3), B M B 251(3), or MICRB 201(3) (Sem: 3-4)
CHEM 202(3), CHEM 203(3); or CHEM 210(3), CHEM 212(3), CHEM 213(2) (Sem: 3-6)
MATH 230(4) or MATH 251(4) (Sem: 3-6)
Select 3-4 credits from ASTRO 292 GN(3; E MCH 211(3); M E 300(3); or PHYS 237(3) (Sem: 3-8)

SUPPORTING COURSES AND RELATED AREAS (32-51 credits)
(A maximum of 12 credits of Independent Study [296, 496] may be applied toward credits for graduation.)
Select 17-28 credits from program list (Students may apply 6 credits of ROTC.) (Sem: 1-8)
Select 0-8 credits in a foreign language (proficiency demonstrated by examination or course work to the level of the second semester; if fewer than 8 credits are needed to reach the required proficiency, students choose selections from program list to total 8 credits) (Sem: 1-8)
Select 6 credits of 400-level courses (Sem: 5-8)
Select 9 credits[1] of 400-level ASTRO, CHEM, or PHYS courses (Sem: 5-8)

[1] A student enrolled in this major must receive a grade of C or better, as specified in Senate Policy 82-44.
[60] Physical sciences include ASTRO, CHEM, PHYS; mathematical sciences include CMPSC, MATH, STAT; life sciences include BIOL, BIOTC, B M B, MICRB.

Last Revised by the Department: Summer Session 2010

Blue Sheet Item #: 39-01-105A

Review Date: 08/24/2010

UCA Revision #1: 9/1/06
UCA Revision #2: 7/730/07

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