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Undergraduate Degree Programs

Penn State Erie, The Behrend College

Science

Penn State Erie, The Behrend College (SCNBD)

Not all options are available at every campus. Contact the campus you are interested in attending to determine which options are offered.

This interdisciplinary major provides a broad, general education in science. The B.S. degree major includes options in General Science and Environmental Studies, and in Earth and Space Science Pre-certification and General Science Pre-certification for teaching. The curriculum is designed for students who have educational goals not readily met by one of the science majors or for those who require a high degree of flexibility to attain their educational objectives. After completing foundation courses in calculus, chemistry, computer science, the life sciences, and physics, students select additional science courses from designated areas. A large number of supporting credits will permit students to include a minor or course sequences in business, education, technical writing, or other fields.

For the B.S. degree in Science, a minimum of 120 credits is required, with at least 15 credits at the 400 level. Each student must earn at least a grade of C in each 300- and 400-level prescribed, additional, and supporting course.

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 this bulletin.)

FIRST YEAR SEMINAR:
(Included in ELECTIVES or GENERAL EDUCATION course selection)

UNITED STATES CULTURES AND INTERNATIONAL CULTURES:
(Included in GENERAL EDUCATION course selection)

WRITING ACROSS THE CURRICULUM:
(Included in REQUIREMENTS FOR THE MAJOR)

ELECTIVES (0-1 credit)

REQUIREMENTS FOR THE MAJOR: 89-90 credits[80]
(This includes 15 credits of General Education courses: 9 credits of GN courses; 6 credits of GQ courses.)

COMMON REQUIREMENTS FOR THE MAJOR (ALL OPTIONS): 44-46 credits

PRESCRIBED COURSES (24 credits)
BIOL 110 GN(4)[1] (Sem. 1-4)
CHEM 110 GN(3)[1], CHEM 111 GN(1), CHEM 112 GN(3), CHEM 113 GN(1), MATH 140 GQ(4)[1], MATH 141 GQ(4) (Sem: 1-2)
CMPSC 121(3) (Sem: 1-4)

ADDITIONAL COURSES (12-14 credits)
PHYS 211 GN(4)[1], PHYS 212 GN(4), PHYS 213 GN(2) or PHYS 214(2); or PHYS 250 GN(4)[1], PHYS 251 GN(4) (Sem: 3-6)
Select 4 credits from BIOL 220W GN(4), BIOL 230W GN(4), BIOL 240W GN(4) (Sem: 3-6)

SUPPORTING COURSES AND RELATED AREAS (8 credits)
Select 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: 43-46 credits[81]

GENERAL SCIENCE OPTION: (43-46 credits)

ADDITIONAL COURSES (3-4 credits)
Select 3-4 credits from CMPSC 122 GQ(3), MATH 230(4), MATH 250(3), or STAT 200 GQ(4) (Sem: 3-6)

SUPPORTING COURSES AND RELATED AREAS (39-43 credits)
Select 3 credits from geosciences[79] (Sem: 1-8)
Select 18 credits, with at least 9 credits at the 400 level, in one of the areas: computer sciences, life sciences, mathematical sciences, or physical sciences[79] (Sem: 3-8)
Select 18-22 credits, with at least 6 credits at the 400 level, from program list (Students may apply 6 credits of basic ROTC.) (Sem: 1-8)

ENVIRONMENTAL STUDIES OPTION: (43-46 credits)

PRESCRIBED COURSES (7 credits)
BIOL 402W(3), GEOG 160 GS(3), GEOG 161(1) (Sem: 3-8)

ADDITIONAL COURSES (9-11 credits)
Select 3-4 credits from BIOL 220W GN(4), BIOL 230W GN(4), BIOL 240W GN(4),
or MICRB 201 GN(3) (Sem: 3-6)
CHEM 202(3) or CHEM 221(4) (Sem: 3-6)
STAT 200 GQ(3) or STAT 250 GQ(3) (Sem: 3-8)

SUPPORTING COURSES AND RELATED AREAS (25-30 credits)
Select 6 credits from geosciences[79] [82] (Sem: 3-8)
Select 6 credits of 400-level courses in computer sciences, life sciences, mathematical sciences, or physical sciences[79] (Sem: 5-8)
Select 9-16 credits from Environmental Studies option program list with at least 6 credits with ECON, ECNS, PL SC, or POLSC designations and at least 5-7 credits at the 400 level (Students may apply 6 credits of basic ROTC.) (Sem: 1-8)
Select 2-4 credits of 400-level research, internship, field school, or studies abroad[80] (Sem: 5-8)

EARTH AND SPACE SCIENCE PRE-CERTIFICATION OPTION: (43-46 credits)
(This option is designed to prepare students in pre-certification for teaching earth and space science.)

PRESCRIBED COURSES (15 credits)
ASTRO 010 GN(2), ASTRO 011 GN(1), GEOSC 002 GN(3), GEOSC 020 GN(3), GEOSC 040 GN(3), METEO 003 GN(3) (Sem: 1-4)

ADDITIONAL COURSES (6 credits)
Select 6 credits from ASTRO 291 GN(3), ASTRO 292 GN(3), GEOG 010 GN(3), or GEOSC 010 GN(3) (Sem: 3-8)

SUPPORTING COURSES AND RELATED AREAS (22-25 credits)
Select 6 credits from the geosciences[79][82] (Sem: 5-8)
Select at least 6 credits at the 400 level in one of the following areas: computer sciences, life sciences, mathematical sciences, or physical sciences[79] (Sem:5-8)
Select 10-13 credits, with at least 6-9 credits at the 400 level, from the program list (Students may apply 6 credits of basic ROTC.)[80] (Sem: 1-8)

GENERAL SCIENCE PRE-CERTIFICATION OPTION: (43-46 credits)
(This option is designed to prepare students in pre-certification for teaching general science.)

PRESCRIBED COURSES (19 credits)
ASTRO 010 GN(2), ASTRO 011 GN(1), BIOL 230W GN(4), GEOSC 002 GN(3), GEOSC 020 GN(3), GEOSC 040 GN(3), METEO 003 GN(3) (Sem: 1-4)

ADDITIONAL COURSES (7-8 credits)
Select 3-4 credits from CMPSC 122 GQ(3), MATH 230(4), MATH 250(3), or STAT 200 GQ(4) (Sem: 3-6)
Select 4 credits from BIOL 220W GN(4) or BIOL 240W GN(4) (Sem: 3-6)

SUPPORTING COURSES AND RELATED AREAS (16-20 credits)
Select at least 6 credits at the 400 level in one of the following areas: computer sciences, life sciences, mathematical sciences, or physical sciences[79] (Sem: 5-8)
Select 10-14 credits, with 6-9 credits at the 400 level, from the program list (Students may apply 6 credits of basic ROTC.)[80] (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.
[79]Computer sciences include CENBD and CMPSC; geosciences include GEOG, GEOSC, MATSC, MATSE; life sciences include BIOL, B M B, MICRB; mathematical sciences include MATH and STAT; physical sciences include ASTRO, CHEM, PHYS.
[80]A student in this major must complete at least 15 credits of 400-level courses and 3 credits of W courses in prescribed, additional, or supporting courses from one of the areas: computer science, life sciences, mathematical sciences, or physical sciences.
[81]A maximum of 8 credits of Research (494), Internship (495), or Independent Study (296, 496) may be applied toward credits for graduation in all options.
[82]In addition to courses used to satisfy the prescribed courses requirement.

Last Revised by the Department: Summer Session 2003

Blue Sheet Item #: 31-04-013

Review Date: 1/14/03

UCA Revision #1: 8/14/06
UCA Revision #2: 7/30/07

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