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Science, Eberly College

Science (SC BA) - ARCHIVE

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Begin Date: Summer Session 2001
End Date: Spring Semester 2007 -UCA

Science - ARCHIVE

University Park, Eberly College of Science (SC BA)

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 arts (B.A.) 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 the B.A. requirement and 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 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.

In order to be eligible for entrance to the Science major, a student 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; and 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 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 BACHELOR OF ARTS DEGREE REQUIREMENTS, GENERAL EDUCATION course selection, or REQUIREMENTS FOR THE MAJOR)

UNITED STATES CULTURES AND INTERNATIONAL CULTURES:
(Included in BACHELOR OF ARTS DEGREE REQUIREMENTS, GENERAL EDUCATION course selection, or REQUIREMENTS FOR THE MAJOR)

WRITING ACROSS THE CURRICULUM:
(Included in BACHELOR OF ARTS DEGREE REQUIREMENTS, GENERAL EDUCATION course selection, or REQUIREMENTS FOR THE MAJOR)

BACHELOR OF ARTS DEGREE REQUIREMENTS: 24 credits
(3 of these 24 credits are included in the REQUIREMENTS FOR THE MAJOR, GENERAL EDUCATION, or ELECTIVES and 0-12 credits are included in ELECTIVES if foreign language proficiency is demonstrated by examination.)
(See description of Bachelor of Arts Degree Requirements in front of Bulletin.)

REQUIREMENTS FOR THE MAJOR: 70-78 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], 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 (17-23 credits)
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)
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 211(3), BIOL 220W GN(4), BIOL 230W GN(4), BIOL 240W GN(4), or MICRB 201(3) (Sem: 3-6)
Select 3 credits from PHIL 110 GH(3), PHIL 221 GH(3), S T S 100 GH(3), or S T S 200 GS(3) (Sem: 3-8)

SUPPORTING COURSES AND RELATED AREAS (27-41 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[1] at the 400 level[60] (Sem: 3-8)
Select 12-26 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 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 #: 29-07-148

Review Date: 04/10/01

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