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ARCHIVE - Science (SC)

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Begin Date: Summer Session 1995
End Date: Spring Semester 1998

Science (SC) - (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.

For the B.A. or 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 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.

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 Administration will be able to earn a B.S. degree in Science (General option) upon satisfactory completion of: a. A total of 101 credits, including General Educaiton credits in Writing/Speaking, Arts, Humanities, and Social and Behavioral Sciences; MATH 140 GQ, 141 GQ; STAT 200 GQ; CMPSC 203 GQ; CHEM 012 GN, 013 GN, 014 GN, 015 GN; PHYS 215 GN, 265 GN; BIOL 110 GN; SC 400; ECON 002 GS,[58]004 GS[58];ACCTG 200, a 3-credit elective course from the College of Earth and Mineral Sciences, and 23 elective credits from the Eberly College of Science, with 10 of those credits being at the 400 level. b. 12 credits of summer indepedent 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 Administration.

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

Bachelor of Arts

GENERAL EDUCATION: 46 credits
(15 of these 46 credits are included in the REQUIREMENTS FOR THE MAJOR)
(See description of General Education in front of Bulletin.)

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, 221 GH, S T S 100 GH, or 200 GS (Sem: 3-8)

SUPPORTING COURSES AND RELATED AREAS (26-32 credits)[59]
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: 1-7)

Bachelor of Science

GENERAL EDUCATION: 46 credits
(15 of these 46 credits are included in the REQUIREMENTS FOR THE MAJOR)
(See description of General Education in front of Bulletin.)

REQUIREMENTS FOR THE MAJOR: 93 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] 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 (3 credits)
Select 3 credits from B M B 101, 251, or MICRB 201 (Sem: 3-4)

SUPPORTING COURSES AND RELATED AREAS (6-14 credits)[59]
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: 1-7)

REQUIREMENTS FOR THE OPTION: 56-64 credits

GENERAL SCIENCE OPTION: 56-64 credits

ADDITIONAL COURSES (11-16 credits)
Select 3-4 credits from CMPSC 101 GQ(3), MATH 230(4), 250(3), or STAT 200 GQ(4) (Sem: 3-4)
PHYS 201 GN(4)[1] 202 GN(4), 204 GN(4); or PHYS 215 GN(4)[1], 265 GN(4) (Sem: 3-6)

SUPPORTING COURSES AND RELATED AREAS (40-53 credits)[59]
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 at the 400 level[60] (Sem: 3-8)
Select 19-32 credits from program list [Students may apply 6 credits of ROTC.] (Sem: 1-7)

LIFE SCIENCE OPTION: 56-64 credits

ADDITIONAL COURSES (21-28 credits)
Select 4 credits from BIOL 220W GN, 230W GN, 240W GN (Sem: 3-4)
Select 3 credits from CMPSC 101 GQ, MATH 250, or STAT 250 GQ (Sem: 3-4)
CHEM 034(3), 035(3); or CHEM 038(4), 039(3), 036(2) (Sem: 3-6)
PHYS 201 GN(4)[1] 202 GN(4), 204 GN(4); or PHYS 215 GN(4)[1] 265 GN(4) (Sem: 3-6)

SUPPORTING COURSES AND RELATED AREAS (28-43 credits)[59]
Select 9 credits of 400-level B M B, BIOL, or MICRB courses (Sem: 5-8)
Select 19-34 credits from program list [Students may apply 6 credits of ROTC.] (Sem: 1-7)

MATHEMATICAL SCIENCE OPTION: 56-64 credits

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

ADDITIONAL COURSES (21-26 credits)
CMPSC 201 GQ(3) or CSE 103 GQ(4) (Sem: 3-6)
MATH 230 or 251(4) (Sem: 3-6)
CSE 260 or MATH 311(3); STAT 301 GQ or 318(3) (Sem: 3-8)
PHYS 201 GN(4)[1] 202 GN(4), 204 GN(4); or PHYS 215 GN(4)[1] 265 GN(4) (Sem: 3-8)

SUPPORTING COURSES AND RELATED AREAS (25-38 credits)[59]
Select 9 credits of 400-level CMPSC, CSE, MATH, or STAT courses (Sem: 5-8)
Select 16-29 credits from program list [Students may apply 6 credits of ROTC.] (Sem: 1-7)

PHYSICAL SCIENCE OPTION: 56-64 credits

PRESCRIBED COURSE (15 credits)
ASTRO 291 GN(3), PHYS 201 GN(4)[1] 202 GN(4), 204 GN(4) (Sem: 3-6)

ADDITIONAL COURSES (13-17 credits)
CHEM 034(3), 035(3); or CHEM 038(3), 039(3), 036(2) (Sem: 3-6)
MATH 230 or 251(4) (Sem: 3-6)
Select 3-4 credits from ASTRO 292(3)/293(1); E MCH 011(3); M E 030(3); or PHYS 237(3) (Sem: 3-8)

SUPPORTING COURSES AND RELATED AREAS (24-36 credits)[59]
Select 9 credits of 400-level ASTRO, CHEM, or PHYS courses (Sem: 5-8)
Select 15-27 credits from program list [Students may apply 6 credits of ROTC.] (Sem: 1-7)

[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 004 GS may be used to satisfy General Education in the social and behavioral sciences.
[59] A maximum of 12 credits of Independent Study (296, 496) may be applied toward credits for graduation.
[60] Physical sciences include PHYS, CHEM, ASTRO; mathematical sciences include MATH, CMPSC, CSE, STAT; life sciences include BIOL, B M B, MICRB.


The Pennsylvania State University �1998

The University reserves the right to change the requirements and regulations listed here and to determine whether a student has satisfactorily met its requirements for admission or graduation, and to reject any applicant for any reason the University determines to be material to the applicant's qualifications to pursue higher education. Nothing in this material should be considered a guarantee that completion of a program and graduation from the University will result in employment.

Effective Date: Spring Semester 1998

Review Date: 1/20/98

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