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Natural Science Minor - ARCHIVE

Altoona College (NTSAL)
Berks College (NTSBL)
University Park, Eberly College of Science (NATSC)

Contacts: Altoona College, David Hurtubise,; Berks College, Ike Shibley,; Eberly College of Science, Ron Markle,


This interdepartmental minor in Natural Science is designed for nonscience students who wish to gain a better appreciation for science and the scientific method. The courses required in the minor include 3 to 4 credits of general education science designed for nonscience students, 3 to 4 credits of mathematical science, 8 to 9 credits of life or physical science, including some laboratory work, and 6 credits of 400-level science courses. Certain combinations of courses are disallowed (as listed in the curriculum description), and higher-level courses are generally accepted as substitutes for lower-level courses if both are offered by the same department. Any substitutes for laboratory courses must also be laboratory courses. Advising for students in this minor will be available through the Eberly College of Science Academic Advising Center and approval of curriculum exceptions will be through the faculty committee and professor in charge of the program.

A grade of C or better is required for all courses in the minor.

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


SC 400(1) (Sem: 5-8)

ADDITIONAL COURSES (14-17 credits)[62]
Select 3-4 credits from ASTRO 001 GN(3), ASTRO 010 GN(2) and ASTRO 011 GN(1), B M B 001 GN(3), BI SC 001 GN(3), BI SC 002 GN(3), BI SC 003 GN(3), BI SC 004 GN(4), CHEM 001 GN(3), CHEM 003 GN(3), MICRB 106 GN(3) and MICRB 107 GN(1), PHYS 001 GN(3) (Sem: 1-4)
Select 3-4 credits from CMPSC 101 GQ(3), CMPSC 121 GQ(3), CMPSC 201 GQ(3) or CMPSC 202 GQ(3), CMPSC 203 GQ(4), MATH 110 GQ(4), MATH 140 GQ(4), STAT 200 GQ(4), STAT 250 GQ(3) (Sem: 3-6)
Select 8-9 credits from BIOL 011 GN(3) and BIOL 012 GN(1), BIOL 110 GN(4), CHEM 110 GN(3) and CHEM 111 GN(1), CHEM 112 GN(3) and CHEM 113 GN(1), MICRB 201(3) and MICRB 202(2), PHYS 250 GN(4), PHYS 251 GN(4) (Sem: 3-8)

Select 0-2 credits of 496 (independent studies) courses from the Eberly College of Science course offerings (Sem: 5-8)
Select 3-5 credits of 400-level courses (other than independent studies) from the Eberly College of Science course offerings (Sem: 5-8)

[62] A student may not use credit for BI SC 001 GN(3) or BI SC 002 GN(3) along with credit for BIOL 011 GN(3) and BIOL 012 GN(1), or BIOL 110 GN(4); CHEM 001 GN(3) or CHEM 003 GN(3) along with credit for CHEM 110 GN(3) and CHEM 111 GN(1) or CHEM 112 GN(3) and CHEM 113 GN(1); PHYS 001 GN(3) along with credit for PHYS 250 GN(4) or PHYS 251 GN(4); MICRB 106 GN(3) and MICRB 107 GN(1) along with credit for MICRB 201(3) and MICRB 202(2).


Last Revised by the Department: Summer Session 1995

Blue Sheet Item #: 23-04-042

Review Date: 9/13/02

UCA Revision #1: 8/9/06
UCA Revision #2: 7/30/07

Minor Consolidation 6/4/2013


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