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Science - ARCHIVE

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Begin Date: Summer Session 2001
End Date: Spring Semester 2006

Science - ARCHIVE

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

PROFESSOR ROBERT B. MITCHELL, 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 three B.S. options offered: the Life Sciences option, the Mathematical Sciences option, or the Physical Sciences option. Not all of these options are available at all 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 012 GN(3); PHYS 211 GN(4) or PHYS 250 GN(4), with a grade of C or better.

TWO-YEAR PREPROFESSIONAL PREPARATION: The first two years of the Science major (62 credits) can meet the preprofessional 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.

FIVE-YEAR SCIENCE/BUSINESS, 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 earn a B.S. degree in Science (General option) upon satisfactory completion of:
-- a. A total of 92 credits, including General Education credits in Health and Physical Activity, Writing/Speaking, Arts, Humanities, and Social and Behavioral Sciences; MATH 140 GQ(4), MATH 141 GQ(4); STAT 200 GQ(4); CMPSC 203 GQ(4); CHEM 012 GN(3), CHEM 013 GN(3), CHEM 014 GN(1), CHEM 015 GN(1); PHYS 250 GN(4), PHYS 251 GN(4); BIOL 110 GN(4); SC 285(1); ECON 002 GS(3)[58], ECON 004 GS(3)[58]; ACCTG 211(3), a 3-credit elective course from the College of Earth and Mineral Sciences, a 3-credit elective course in life sciences, and 15 credits of electives from the Eberly College of Science, including 9 credits at the 400 level.
-- b. 4-12 credits of summer independent study work through the Eberly College of Science Cooperative Education Program.
-- c. The first year of the M.B.A. program in The Smeal College of Business.

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

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 front of 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): 29-37 credits

PRESCRIBED COURSES (20 credits)
CHEM 012 GN(3)[1], CHEM 013 GN(3), CHEM 014 GN(1), CHEM 015 GN(1), MATH 140 GQ(4)[1], MATH 141 GQ(4) (Sem: 1-2)
BIOL 110 GN(4)[1] (Sem: 1-4)

ADDITIONAL COURSES (3 credits)
Select 3 credits from B M B 211(3), B M B 251(3), or MICRB 201(3) (Sem: 3-4)

SUPPORTING COURSES AND RELATED AREAS (6-14 credits)
Select 6 credits of 400-level courses (Sem: 5-8)
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)

REQUIREMENTS FOR THE OPTION: 57-65 credits

GENERAL SCIENCE OPTION: (57-65 credits)

ADDITIONAL COURSES (11-16 credits)
Select 3-4 credits from CMPSC 101 GQ(3), MATH 230(4), MATH 250(3), or STAT 200 GQ(4) (Sem: 3-4)
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 (41-54 credits)
(A maximum of 12 credits of Independent Study [296, 496] may be applied toward credits for graduation.)
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 20-33 credits from program list (Students may apply 6 credits of ROTC.) (Sem: 1-8)

LIFE SCIENCE OPTION: (57-65 credits)

ADDITIONAL COURSES (21-27 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)
CHEM 034(3), CHEM 035(3); or CHEM 038(3), CHEM 039(3), CHEM 036(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 (30-44 credits)
(A maximum of 12 credits of Independent Study [296, 496] may be applied toward credits for graduation.)
Select 9 credits[1] of 400-level B M B, BIOL, BIOTC, or MICRB courses (Sem: 5-8)
Select 21-35 credits from program list (Students may apply 6 credits of ROTC.) (Sem: 1-8)

MATHEMATICAL SCIENCE OPTION: (57-65 credits)

PRESCRIBED COURSES (5 credits)
CSE 120(3), MATH 220 GQ(2) (Sem: 3-6)

ADDITIONAL COURSES (21-26 credits)
CMPSC 201C GQ(3), CMPSC 201F GQ(3), or CSE 103 GQ(4) (Sem: 3-6)
MATH 230(4) or MATH 251(4) (Sem: 3-6)
CSE 260(3) or MATH 311W(3); 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 (26-39 credits)
(A maximum of 12 credits of Independent Study [296, 496] may be applied toward credits for graduation.)
Select 9 credits[1] of 400-level CMPSC, CSE, MATH, or STAT courses (Sem: 5-8)
Select 17-30 credits from program list (Students may apply 6 credits of ROTC.) (Sem: 1-8)

PHYSICAL SCIENCE OPTION: (57-65 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 (13-16 credits)
CHEM 034(3), CHEM 035(3); or CHEM 038(3), CHEM 039(3), CHEM 036(2) (Sem: 3-6)
MATH 230(4) or MATH 251(4) (Sem: 3-6)
Select 3-4 credits from ASTRO 292 GN(3)/ASTRO 293(1); E MCH 011(3); M E 030(3); or PHYS 237(3) (Sem: 3-8)

SUPPORTING COURSES AND RELATED AREAS (26-37 credits)
(A maximum of 12 credits of Independent Study [296, 496] may be applied toward credits for graduation.)
Select 9 credits[1] of 400-level ASTRO, CHEM, or PHYS courses (Sem: 5-8)
Select 17-28 credits from program list (Students may apply 6 credits of ROTC.) (Sem: 1-8)

[1] A student enrolled in this major must receive a grade of C or better, as specified in Senate Policy 82-44.
[58] ECON 002 GS and ECON 004 GS may be used to satisfy General Education in the social and behavioral sciences.
[60] Physical sciences include ASTRO, CHEM, PHYS; mathematical sciences include CMPSC, CSE, MATH, STAT; life sciences include BIOL, BIOTC, B M B, MICRB.

Last Revised by the Department: Summer Session 2001

Blue Sheet Item #: 29-07-149

Review Date: 04/10/01

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