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Science, Eberly College

(Archive) Science (SC BA)

ARCHIVED FILE
Begin Date: Summer Session 1999
End Date: Spring Semester 2001

Science (SC BA) - (ARCHIVE)

PROFESSOR ROBERT B. MITCHELL, in charge

This interdisciplinary major aims to provide a broad, general education in science. Students may choose to pursue either a bachelor of arts or bachelor of science degree. The B.S. degree major includes options in General Science, Life Science, Mathematical Science, and Physical Science. The curriculum is designed specifically for students who have educational goals not readily met in one of the other Eberly College of Science majors or for those who require a high degree of flexibility to attain 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 will permit students to readily include a minor or course sequences in business, education, exercise science, technical writing, or other fields. Many students use this major to prepare for graduate school, professional schools, or employment in science-related disciplines.

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 the Eberly College of Science health sciences professional adviser for additional information.

For the B.A. 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 ELECTIVES or GENERAL EDUCATION course selection)

INTERCULTURAL AND INTERNATIONAL COMPETENCE:
(Included in GENERAL EDUCATION course selection)

WRITING ACROSS THE CURRICULUM:
(Included in ELECTIVES, GENERAL EDUCATION course selection, or REQUIREMENTS FOR THE MAJOR)

ELECTIVES: 0-1 credit

BACHELOR OF ARTS DEGREE REQUIREMENTS: 24 credits
(See description of Bachelor of Arts Degree Requirements in front of Bulletin.)

REQUIREMENTS FOR THE MAJOR: 69 credits
(This includes 15 credits of General Education courses: 9 credits of GN courses; 6 credits of GQ courses.)

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

ADDITIONAL COURSES (17-23 credits)
PHYS 201 GN(4)[1], 202 GN(4), 204 GN(4); or PHYS 215 GN(4)[1], 265 GN(4) (Sem: 3-6)
Select 3-4 credits from CMPSC 101 GQ(3), MATH 250(3), or STAT 200 GQ(4) (Sem: 3-6)
Select 3-4 credits from B M B 101(3), BIOL 220W GN(4), 230W GN(4), 240W GN(4), or MICRB 201(3) (Sem: 3-6)
Select 3 credits from PHIL 110 GH(3), 221 GH(3), S T S 100 GH(3), or 200 GS(3) (Sem: 3-8)

SUPPORTING COURSES AND RELATED AREAS (26-32 credits)
(A maximum of 12 credits of Independent Study (296, 496) may be applied toward credits for graduation.)
Select 15 credits in life, mathematical, or physical sciences, with at least 9 credits at the 400 level[60] (Sem: 3-8)
Select 11-17 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.
[60] Physical sciences include PHYS, CHEM, ASTRO; mathematical sciences include MATH, CMPSC, CSE, STAT; life sciences include BIOL, B M B, MICRB.

Last Revised by the Department: Summer Session 1999

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