Science, B.S. (Behrend)

Program Code: SCNBC_BS

Degree Requirements

For the Bachelor of Science degree in Science, a minimum of 120 credits is required, with at least 15 credits at the 400 level:

Requirement Credits
General Education 45
Electives 0-1
Requirements for the Major 89-90

15 of the 45 credits for General Education are included in the Requirements for the Major. This includes: 9 credits of GN courses; 6 credits of GQ courses.

Per Senate Policy 83.80.5, the college dean or campus chancellor and program faculty may require up to 24 credits of coursework in the major to be taken at the location or in the college or program where the degree is earned.

General Education

Connecting career and curiosity, the General Education curriculum provides the opportunity for students to acquire transferable skills necessary to be successful in the future and to thrive while living in interconnected contexts. General Education aids students in developing intellectual curiosity, a strengthened ability to think, and a deeper sense of aesthetic appreciation. These are requirements for all baccalaureate students and are often partially incorporated into the requirements of a program. For additional information, see the General Education Requirements section of the Bulletin and consult your academic adviser.

The keystone symbol Keystone/General Education Course appears next to the title of any course that is designated as a General Education course. Program requirements may also satisfy General Education requirements and vary for each program.

Foundations (grade of C or better is required.)

  • Quantification (GQ): 6 credits
  • Writing and Speaking (GWS): 9 credits

Knowledge Domains

  • Arts (GA): 6 credits
  • Health and Wellness (GHW): 3 credits
  • Humanities (GH): 6 credits
  • Social and Behavioral Sciences (GS): 6 credits
  • Natural Sciences (GN): 9 credits

Integrative Studies (may also complete a Knowledge Domain requirement)

  • Inter-Domain or Approved Linked Courses: 6 credits

University Degree Requirements

First Year Engagement

All students enrolled in a college or the Division of Undergraduate Studies at University Park, and the World Campus are required to take 1 to 3 credits of the First-Year Seminar, as specified by their college First-Year Engagement Plan.

Other Penn State colleges and campuses may require the First-Year Seminar; colleges and campuses that do not require a First-Year Seminar provide students with a first-year engagement experience.

First-year baccalaureate students entering Penn State should consult their academic adviser for these requirements.

Cultures Requirement    

6 credits are required and may satisfy other requirements

  • United States Cultures: 3 credits
  • International Cultures: 3 credits

Writing Across the Curriculum

3 credits required from the college of graduation and likely prescribed as part of major requirements.

Total Minimum Credits

A minimum of 120 degree credits must be earned for a baccalaureate degree. The requirements for some programs may exceed 120 credits. Students should consult with their college or department adviser for information on specific credit requirements.

Quality of Work

Candidates must complete the degree requirements for their major and earn at least a 2.00 grade-point average for all courses completed within their degree program.

Limitations on Source and Time for Credit Acquisition

The college dean or campus chancellor and program faculty may require up to 24 credits of course work in the major to be taken at the location or in the college or program where the degree is earned. Credit used toward degree programs may need to be earned from a particular source or within time constraints (see Senate Policy 83-80). For more information, check the Suggested Academic Plan for your intended program.

Requirements for the Major

Each student must earn at least a grade of C in each 300- and 400-level prescribed, additional, and supporting course.

To graduate, a student enrolled in the major must earn a grade of C or better in each course designated by the major as a C-required course, as specified by Senate Policy 82-44.

Common Requirements for the Major (All Options)

Prescribed Courses
CHEM 111Experimental Chemistry I Keystone/General Education Course1
CHEM 112Chemical Principles II Keystone/General Education Course3
CHEM 113Experimental Chemistry II Keystone/General Education Course1
CMPSC 121Introduction to Programming Techniques Keystone/General Education Course3
MATH 141Calculus with Analytic Geometry II Keystone/General Education Course4
Prescribed Courses: Require a grade of C or better
BIOL 110Biology: Basic Concepts and Biodiversity Keystone/General Education Course4
CHEM 110Chemical Principles I Keystone/General Education Course3
MATH 140Calculus With Analytic Geometry I Keystone/General Education Course4
Additional Courses
Select one of the following sequences:8-10
Sequence A
General Physics: Mechanics Keystone/General Education Course (requires a grade of C or better)
General Physics: Electricity and Magnetism Keystone/General Education Course
General Physics: Fluids and Thermal Physics Keystone/General Education Course
General Physics: Wave Motion and Quantum Physics Keystone/General Education Course
Sequence B
Introductory Physics I Keystone/General Education Course (requires a grade of C or better)
Introductory Physics II Keystone/General Education Course
Select one of the following:4
Biology: Populations and Communities Keystone/General Education Course
Biology: Molecules and Cells Keystone/General Education Course
Biology: Function and Development of Organisms Keystone/General Education Course
Supporting Courses and Related Areas
Select 8 credits in a foreign language 18
Requirements for the Option
Select an option43-46

Requirements for the Option

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.

General Science Option (43-46 credits)
Additional Courses
Select one of the following:3-4
Intermediate Programming
Calculus and Vector Analysis
Ordinary Differential Equations
Elementary Statistics Keystone/General Education Course
Supporting Courses and Related Areas
Select 3 credits from geosciences 13
Select 18 credits (at least 9 credits at the 400 level) in one of the following areas: computer sciences, life sciences, mathematical sciences, or physical sciences 118
Select 18-22 credits (at least 6 credits at the 400 level) from program list 218-22
Environmental Studies Option (43-46 credits)
Prescribed Courses
GEOG 160Mapping Our Changing World Keystone/General Education Course3
GEOG 161Applied Geographic Information Systems1
Prescribed Courses: Require a grade of C or better
BIOL 402WBiological Experimental Design3
Additional Courses
CHEM 202Fundamentals of Organic Chemistry I3-4
or CHEM 227 Analytical Chemistry
STAT 200Elementary Statistics Keystone/General Education Course3-4
or STAT 250 Introduction to Biostatistics Keystone/General Education Course
Select one of the following:3-4
Biology: Populations and Communities Keystone/General Education Course
Biology: Molecules and Cells Keystone/General Education Course
Biology: Function and Development of Organisms Keystone/General Education Course
Introductory Microbiology
Supporting Courses and Related Areas
Select 6 credits from geosciences 1,26
Select 9-16 credits from Environmental Studies option program list with at least 6 credits with ECON, ECNS, PLSC, or POLSC designations and at least 5-7 credits at the 400 level 39-16
Select 2-4 credits of 400-level research, internship, field school, or studies abroad 42-4
Supporting Courses and Related Areas: Require a grade of C or better
Select 6 credits of 400-level courses in computer sciences, life sciences, mathematical sciences, or physical sciences 16
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
ASTRO 10Elementary Astronomy Keystone/General Education Course2
ASTRO 11Elementary Astronomy Laboratory Keystone/General Education Course1
GEOSC 2Historical Geology Keystone/General Education Course3
GEOSC 20Planet Earth Keystone/General Education Course3
GEOSC 40The Sea Around Us Keystone/General Education Course3
METEO 3Introductory Meteorology Keystone/General Education Course3
Additional Courses
Select two of the following:6
Astronomical Methods and the Solar System Keystone/General Education Course
Astronomy of the Distant Universe Keystone/General Education Course
Physical Geography: An Introduction Keystone/General Education Course
Geology of the National Parks Keystone/General Education Course
Supporting Courses and Related Areas
Select 6 credits from the geosciences 1,26
Select at least 6 credits at the 400 level in one of the following areas: computer sciences, life sciences, mathematical sciences, or physical sciences 16
Select 10-13 credits (at least 6-9 credits at the 400 level) from the program list 3,410-13
Supporting Courses and Related Areas: Require a grade of C or better
Select at least 6 credits at the 400 level in one of the following areas: computer sciences, life sciences, mathematical sciences, or physical sciences
General Science Pre-Certification Option (43-46 credits)

This option is designed to prepare students in pre-certification for teaching general science.

Prescribed Courses
ASTRO 10Elementary Astronomy Keystone/General Education Course2
ASTRO 11Elementary Astronomy Laboratory Keystone/General Education Course1
BIOL 230WBiology: Molecules and Cells Keystone/General Education Course4
GEOSC 2Historical Geology Keystone/General Education Course3
GEOSC 20Planet Earth Keystone/General Education Course3
GEOSC 40The Sea Around Us Keystone/General Education Course3
METEO 3Introductory Meteorology Keystone/General Education Course3
Additional Courses
BIOL 220WBiology: Populations and Communities Keystone/General Education Course4
or BIOL 240W Biology: Function and Development of Organisms Keystone/General Education Course
Select one of the following:3-4
Intermediate Programming
Calculus and Vector Analysis
Ordinary Differential Equations
Elementary Statistics Keystone/General Education Course
Supporting Courses and Related Areas
Select 10-14 credits (at least 6-9 credits at the 400 level) from the program list 2,310-14
Supporting Courses and Related Areas: Require a grade of C or better
Select at least 6 credits at the 400 level in one of the following areas: computer sciences, life sciences, mathematical sciences, or physical sciences 16

Program Learning Objectives

Environmental Studies Option

The learning objectives of the B.S. Science program are to produce graduates:

  1. who are well versed in a broad range of topics in the sciences, humanities, and the arts and have a concentration in one of the sciences. 
  2. who possess the necessary scientific knowledge and skills to further their education in graduate school and/or to pursue productive professional careers in the private, state, or federal sectors. 
  3. who can demonstrate application of higher-level learning skills in critical thinking and problem solving as applied to science issues. 
  4. who can effectively apply the principles of the traditional scientific method in modern inter-disciplinary scientific inquiry. 
  5. who will be able to utilize the inter-disciplinary research literature to analyze and synthesize science issues and socio-economic and political implications. 
  6. who can demonstrate success working in interdisciplinary project teams and as independent scholars.
  7. who can communicate the results of literature, field or lab based research/inquiry in written and spoken formats suitable to specific target audiences.

Academic Advising

The objectives of the university’s academic advising program are to help advisees identify and achieve their academic goals, to promote their intellectual discovery, and to encourage students to take advantage of both in-and out-of class educational opportunities in order that they become self-directed learners and decision makers.

Both advisers and advisees share responsibility for making the advising relationship succeed. By encouraging their advisees to become engaged in their education, to meet their educational goals, and to develop the habit of learning, advisers assume a significant educational role. The advisee’s unit of enrollment will provide each advisee with a primary academic adviser, the information needed to plan the chosen program of study, and referrals to other specialized resources.

READ SENATE POLICY 32-00: ADVISING POLICY

Erie

Michael Naber, Ph.D.
Associate Teaching Professor of Geosciences
25 Hammermill
Erie, PA 16563
814-898-6298
mdn10@psu.edu

Suggested Academic Plan

The suggested academic plan(s) listed on this page are the plan(s) that are in effect during the 2020-21 academic year. To access previous years' suggested academic plans, please visit the archive to view the appropriate Undergraduate Bulletin edition (Note: the archive only contain suggested academic plans beginning with the 2018-19 edition of the Undergraduate Bulletin).

Environmental Studies Option at Erie Campus

The course series listed below provides only one of the many possible ways to move through this curriculum. The University may make changes in policies, procedures, educational offerings, and requirements at any time. This plan should be used in conjunction with your degree audit (accessible in LionPATH as either an Academic Requirements or What If report). Please consult with a Penn State academic adviser on a regular basis to develop and refine an academic plan that is appropriate for you.

First Year
FallCreditsSpringCredits
CHEM 110*#†3CHEM 112*†3
CHEM 111*#†1CHEM 113*†1
MATH 140*#†4MATH 141*†4
ENGL 15 or ENGL 303BIOL 110S*#†4
PSU 71General Education Course3
General Education Course3 
 15 15
Second Year
FallCreditsSpringCredits
PHYS 211 or 2504CAS 1003
BIOL 220W (or BIOL 230W or BIOL 240W)4CMPSC 121*3
GEOG, GEOSC, MATSC, or MATSE Course (any level)3PHYS 212 or 251*4
World Language Level 14General Education Course (GHW)1.5
GEOG 1603World Language Level 24
GEOG 1611 
 19 15.5
Third Year
FallCreditsSpringCredits
PHYS 213 (or PHYS 214 (if following PHYS 211/212 track))2Science Course Supporting List*3
World Language Level 14Environmental Course Program List*3
ENGL 202A (or ENGL 202B, or ENGL 202C, or ENGL 202D)3General Education Course3
Environmental Course (Program List)3General Education Course3
General Education Course3CHEM 202 or 227*3-4
BIOL 220W (or BIOL 230W or BIOL 240W)4 
 19 15-16
Fourth Year
FallCreditsSpringCredits
STAT 200 or 250 (or MATH 230 or CMPSC 122)3-4Environmental Course Program List*3
GEOG, GEOSC, MATSC, OR MATSE Course (any level)*3General Education Course3
400-level Environmental Course Program List*3400-level Environmental Course Program List*3
Research, Internship, Field School or Study Abroad3General Education Course (GHW)1.5
 BIOL 402*3
 12-13 13.5
Total Credits 124-126

University Requirements and General Education Notes:

US and IL are abbreviations used to designate courses that satisfy University Requirements (United States and International Cultures).

W, M, X, and Y are the suffixes at the end of a course number used to designate courses that satisfy University Writing Across the Curriculum requirement.

GWS, GQ, GHW, GN, GA, GH, and GS are abbreviations used to identify General Education program courses. General Education includes Foundations (GWS and GQ) and Knowledge Domains (GHW, GN, GA, GH, GS, and Integrative Studies). Foundations courses (GWS and GQ) require a grade of ‘C’ or better.

Integrative Studies courses are required for the General Education program. N is the suffix at the end of a course number used to designate an Inter-Domain course and Z is the suffix at the end of a course number used to designate a Linked course.

Program Notes

1.) Students who have not met the admission requirement of two units of a high school world language must complete a college level-one world language within their first 60 credits.
2.) Scheduling patterns for courses not taught each semester - some major requirements will be offered only once every other year.
- Fall only courses include: CMPSC 455, MATH 455, PHYS 402, PHYS 414
- Spring only courses include: CMPSC 456, ME 428, MATH 456, PHYS 410, PHYS 420, PHYS 421W, PHYS 458
3.) All first-year baccalaureate degree candidates are required to complete, during the first academic year, a seminar course
4.) Students must earn at least a grade of C in each 300- and 400-level prescribed, additional, and supporting course.
5.) For Science Supporting Courses, students must 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.
6.) Students must select 18-22 credits, with at least 6 credits at the 400-level, from the program list.
7.) Students must complete at least 3 credits of a writing across the curriculum credits. Note that only one credit of each of the BIOL 220W, BIOL 230W, and BIOL 240W courses can be used to meet this requirement.

Advising Notes

Program List Courses
Students may select courses from nearly the entire range of the University's course offerings, excluding the following:
BIOL 11, BIOL 12
BISC 1, BISC 2, BISC 3, BISC 4
BMB 1
CAS 126
CHEM 1, CHEM 3, CHEM 101, CHEM 108
CMPSC 1, CMPSC 100, CMPSC 110
ENGL 4, ENGL 5, ESL 4
LLED 5, LLED 10
MATH 1, MATH 2, MATH 3, MATH 4, MATH 17, MATH 18, MATH 21, MATH 26, MATH 30, MATH 35, MATH 36, MATH 40, MATH 81, MATH 82, MATH 83, MATH 110, MATH 111, MATH 200
MICRB 106, MICRB 107, MICRB 120, MICRB 121A, MICRB 121B, MICRB 150, and MICRB 151x
PHYS 1, PHYS 150, PHYS 151, PHYS 126
STAT 100

Science Supporting Courses List
Computer Science include CENBD and CMPSC courses
Geosciences include GEOG, GEOSC, MATSC, and MATSE courses
Life Sciences include BIOL, BMB, and MICRB courses
Mathematical Sciences include MATH and STAT courses
Physical Sciences include ASTRO, CHEM, and PHYS courses

General Science Option at Erie Campus

The course series listed below provides only one of the many possible ways to move through this curriculum. The University may make changes in policies, procedures, educational offerings, and requirements at any time. This plan should be used in conjunction with your degree audit (accessible in LionPATH as either an Academic Requirements or What If report). Please consult with a Penn State academic adviser on a regular basis to develop and refine an academic plan that is appropriate for you.

First Year
FallCreditsSpringCredits
CHEM 110*#†3CHEM 112*†3
CHEM 111*#†1CHEM 113*†1
MATH 140*#†4MATH 141*†4
ENGL 15 or ENGL 303BIOL 110S#*†4
PSU 71General Education Course3
General Education Course3 
 15 15
Second Year
FallCreditsSpringCredits
CAS 1003CMPSC 121*3
PHYS 211 or 2504PHYS 212 or 251*4
BIOL 220W (or BIOL 230W or BIOL 240W)4General Education Course3
GEOG, GEOSC, MATSC, or MATSE Course (any level)3General Education Course3
General Education Course (GHW)1.5Science Course Supporting List3
 15.5 16
Third Year
FallCreditsSpringCredits
PHYS 213 (or PHYS 214 (if following PHYS 211/212 track))2Science Course Supporting List*3
World Language Level 14400-level Science Course Supporting List*3
ENGL 202A (or ENGL 202B, or ENGL 202C, or ENGL 202D)3General Education Course3
Science Course Supporting List3General Education Course (GHW)1.5
General Education Course3World Language Level 24
 15 14.5
Fourth Year
FallCreditsSpringCredits
STAT 200 or 250 (or MATH 230 or CMPSC 122)*3-4Course Program List*3
Science 400-level Course Supporting List*3Course Program List*3
Course Program List*3400-level Course Program List*3
Course Program List*3400-level Course Program List*3
Course Program List3Science 400-level Course Supporting List*3
 15-16 15
Total Credits 121-122

University Requirements and General Education Notes:

US and IL are abbreviations used to designate courses that satisfy University Requirements (United States and International Cultures).

W, M, X, and Y are the suffixes at the end of a course number used to designate courses that satisfy University Writing Across the Curriculum requirement.

GWS, GQ, GHW, GN, GA, GH, and GS are abbreviations used to identify General Education program courses. General Education includes Foundations (GWS and GQ) and Knowledge Domains (GHW, GN, GA, GH, GS, and Integrative Studies). Foundations courses (GWS and GQ) require a grade of ‘C’ or better.

Integrative Studies courses are required for the General Education program. N is the suffix at the end of a course number used to designate an Inter-Domain course and Z is the suffix at the end of a course number used to designate a Linked course.

Program Notes

1.) Students who have not met the admission requirement of two units of a high school world language must complete a college level-one world language within their first 60 credits.
2.) Scheduling patterns for courses not taught each semester - some major requirements will be offered only once every other year.
- Fall only courses includeCMPSC 455, MATH 455, PHYS 402, PHYS 414
- Spring only courses include: CMPSC 456, ME 428, MATH 456, PHYS 410, PHYS 420, PHYS 421W, PHYS 458
3.) All first-year baccalaureate degree candidates are required to complete, during the first academic year, a seminar course
4.) Students must earn at least a grade of C in each 300- and 400-level prescribed, additional, and supporting course.
5.) For Science Supporting Courses, students must 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.
6.) Students must select 18-22 credits, with at least 6 credits at the 400-level, from the program list.
7.) Students must complete at least 3 credits of a writing across the curriculum credits. Note that only one credit of each of the BIOL 220W, BIOL 230W, and BIOL 240W courses can be used to meet this requirement.

Advising Notes

Program List Courses
Students may select courses from nearly the entire range of the University's course offerings, excluding the following:
BIOL 11, BIOL 12
BISC 1, BISC 2, BISC 3, BISC 4
BMB 1
CAS 126
CHEM 1, CHEM 3, CHEM 101, CHEM 108
CMPSC 1, CMPSC 100, CMPSC 110
ENGL 4, ENGL 5, ESL 4
LLED 5, LLED 10
MATH 1,MATH 2, MATH 3, MATH 4, MATH 17, MATH 18, MATH 21, MATH 26, MATH 30, MATH 35, MATH 36, MATH 40, MATH 81, MATH 82, MATH 83, MATH 110, MATH 111, MATH 200
MICRB 106, MICRB 107, MICRB 120, MICRB 121A, MICRB 121B, MICRB 150, and MICRB 151x
PHYS 1, PHYS 150, PHYS 151, PHYS 126
STAT 100

Science Supporting Courses List
Computer Science include CENBD and CMPSC courses
Geosciences include GEOG, GEOSC, MATSC, and MATSE courses
Life Sciences include BIOL, BMB, and MICRB courses
Mathematical Sciences include MATH and STAT courses
Physical Sciences include ASTRO, CHEM, and PHYS courses

General Science Pre-Certification Teaching Option at Erie Campus

The course series listed below provides only one of the many possible ways to move through this curriculum. The University may make changes in policies, procedures, educational offerings, and requirements at any time. This plan should be used in conjunction with your degree audit (accessible in LionPATH as either an Academic Requirements or What If report). Please consult with a Penn State academic adviser on a regular basis to develop and refine an academic plan that is appropriate for you.

First Year
FallCreditsSpringCredits
CHEM 110*#†3CHEM 112*#†3
CHEM 111#†1CHEM 113*†1
MATH 140*#†4MATH 141*†4
ENGL 15 or ENGL 303BIOL 110S*#†4
PSU 71General Education Course3
General Education Course3 
 15 15
Second Year
FallCreditsSpringCredits
CAS 1003GEOSC 23
BIOL 220W or 230W (or BIOL 240W)4CMPSC 121*3
PHYS 250 or 211*4ASTRO 102
GEOSC 203ASTRO 111
General Education Course (GHW)1.5PHYS 251 or 212*4
 General Education Course3
 15.5 16
Third Year
FallCreditsSpringCredits
PHYS 213 or PHYS 214 or Elective (if following PHYS 250/251 track)2-3World Language Level 24
General Education Course3General Education Course (GHW)1.5
ENGL 202A or 202B (or ENGL 202C or ENGL 202D)‡†3GEOSC 403
ASTRO 291 or GEOG 103ASTRO 2923
World Language Level 14GEOSC 103
 400-Level Course Science Supporting List*3
 15-16 17.5
Fourth Year
FallCreditsSpringCredits
STAT 250 or 200 (or MATH 230 or CMPSC 122)3-4400-Level Course Program List*3
400-Level Course Program List*3400-Level Course Program List*3
METEO 33GEOSC Course*3
400-Level Course Science Supporting List*3General Education Course3
General Education Course3GEOG, GEOSC, MATSC, MATSE Course (any level)3
 15-16 15
Total Credits 124-126

University Requirements and General Education Notes:

US and IL are abbreviations used to designate courses that satisfy University Requirements (United States and International Cultures).

W, M, X, and Y are the suffixes at the end of a course number used to designate courses that satisfy University Writing Across the Curriculum requirement.

GWS, GQ, GHW, GN, GA, GH, and GS are abbreviations used to identify General Education program courses. General Education includes Foundations (GWS and GQ) and Knowledge Domains (GHW, GN, GA, GH, GS, and Integrative Studies). Foundations courses (GWS and GQ) require a grade of ‘C’ or better.

Integrative Studies courses are required for the General Education program. N is the suffix at the end of a course number used to designate an Inter-Domain course and Z is the suffix at the end of a course number used to designate a Linked course.

Program Notes

1.) Students who have not met the admission requirement of two units of a high school world language must complete a college level-one world language within their first 60 credits.
2.) Scheduling patterns for courses not taught each semester - some major requirements will be offered only once every other year.
- Fall only courses includeCMPSC 455, MATH 455, PHYS 402, PHYS 414
Spring only courses include: CMPSC 456, ME 428, MATH 456, PHYS 410, PHYS 420, PHYS 421W, PHYS 458
3.) All first-year baccalaureate degree candidates are required to complete, during the first academic year, a seminar course
4.) Students must earn at least a grade of C in each 300- and 400-level prescribed, additional, and supporting course.
5.) For Science Supporting Courses, students must 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.
6.) Students must select 18-22 credits, with at least 6 credits at the 400-level, from the program list.
7.) Students must complete at least 3 credits of a writing across the curriculum credits. Note that only one credit of each of the BIOL 220W, BIOL 230W, and BIOL 240W courses can be used to meet this requirement.

Advising Notes

Program List Courses
Students may select courses from nearly the entire range of the University's course offerings, excluding the following:
BIOL 11, BIOL 12
BISC 1, BISC 2, BISC 3, BISC 4
BMB 1
CAS 126
CHEM 1 ,CHEM 3, CHEM 101, CHEM 108
CMPSC 1,CMPSC 100, CMPSC 110
ENGL 4, ENGL 5, ESL 4
LLED 5, LLED 10
MATH 1, MATH 2, MATH 3, MATH 4, MATH 17, MATH 18, MATH 21, MATH 26, MATH 30, MATH 35 ,MATH 36, MATH 40 ,MATH 81, MATH 82, MATH 83, MATH 110, MATH 111, MATH 200
MICRB 106, MICRB 107, MICRB 120, MICRB 121A, MICRB 121B, MICRB 150, and MICRB 151x
PHYS 1, PHYS 150, PHYS 151, PHYS 126
STAT 100

Science Supporting Courses List
Computer Science include CENBD and CMPSC courses
Geosciences include GEOG, GEOSC, MATSC, and MATSE courses
Life Sciences include BIOL, BMB, and MICRB courses
Mathematical Sciences include MATH and STAT courses
Physical Sciences include ASTRO, CHEM, and PHYS courses 

Earth and Space Pre-Certification Teaching Option at Erie Campus

The course series listed below provides only one of the many possible ways to move through this curriculum. The University may make changes in policies, procedures, educational offerings, and requirements at any time. This plan should be used in conjunction with your degree audit (accessible in LionPATH as either an Academic Requirements or What If report). Please consult with a Penn State academic adviser on a regular basis to develop and refine an academic plan that is appropriate for you.

First Year
FallCreditsSpringCredits
CHEM 110*#†3CHEM 112*#†3
CHEM 111#†1CHEM 113*†1
MATH 140*#†4MATH 141*†4
ENGL 15 or ENGL 303BIOL 110S*#†4
PSU 71General Education Course3
General Education Course3 
 15 15
Second Year
FallCreditsSpringCredits
CAS 1003GEOSC 23
BIOL 220W or 230W (or BIOL 240W)4CMPSC 121*3
PHYS 250 or 211*4ASTRO 102
GEOSC 203ASTRO 111
General Education Course (GHW)1.5PHYS 251 or 212*4
 General Education Course*†3
 15.5 16
Third Year
FallCreditsSpringCredits
PHYS 213 or PHYS 214 or Elective (if following PHYS 250/251 track)2-3World Language Level 24
General Education Course3General Education Course (GHW)*†1.5
ENGL 202A or 202B (or ENGL 202C or ENGL 202D)‡†3GEOSC 403
ASTRO 291 or GEOG 103ASTRO 2923
World Language Level 14GEOSC 103
 400-Level Course (Science Supporting List)*3
 15-16 17.5
Fourth Year
FallCreditsSpringCredits
STAT 250 or 200 (or MATH 230 or CMPSC 122)3-4400-Level Course (Program List)*3
400-Level Course (Program List)*3400-Level Course (Program List)*3
METEO 33GEOSC Course*3
400-Level Course (Science Supporting List)*3General Education Course3
General Education Course3GEOG, GEOSC, MATSC, MATSE Course (any level)3
 15-16 15
Total Credits 124-126

University Requirements and General Education Notes:

US and IL are abbreviations used to designate courses that satisfy University Requirements (United States and International Cultures).

W, M, X, and Y are the suffixes at the end of a course number used to designate courses that satisfy University Writing Across the Curriculum requirement.

GWS, GQ, GHW, GN, GA, GH, and GS are abbreviations used to identify General Education program courses. General Education includes Foundations (GWS and GQ) and Knowledge Domains (GHW, GN, GA, GH, GS, and Integrative Studies). Foundations courses (GWS and GQ) require a grade of ‘C’ or better.

Integrative Studies courses are required for the General Education program. N is the suffix at the end of a course number used to designate an Inter-Domain course and Z is the suffix at the end of a course number used to designate a Linked course.

Program Notes

1.) Students who have not met the admission requirement of two units of a high school world language must complete a college level-one world language within their first 60 credits.
2.) Scheduling patterns for courses not taught each semester - some major requirements will be offered only once every other year.
- Fall only courses includeCMPSC 455, MATH 455 ,PHYS 402, PHYS 414
Spring only courses include:CMPSC 456, ME 428, MATH 456, PHYS 410, PHYS 420, PHYS 421W, PHYS 458
3.) All first-year baccalaureate degree candidates are required to complete, during the first academic year, a seminar course
4.) Students must earn at least a grade of C in each 300- and 400-level prescribed, additional, and supporting course.
5.) For Science Supporting Courses, students must 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.
6.) Students must select 18-22 credits, with at least 6 credits at the 400-level, from the program list.
7.) Students must complete at least 3 credits of a writing across the curriculum credits. Note that only one credit of each of the BIOL 220W ,BIOL 230W, and BIOL 240W courses can be used to meet this requirement.

Advising Notes

Program List Courses
Students may select courses from nearly the entire range of the University's course offerings, excluding the following:
BIOL 11, BIOL 12
BISC 1, BISC 2, BISC 3, BISC 4
BMB 1
CAS 126
CHEM 1, CHEM 3, CHEM 101, CHEM 108
CMPSC 1, CMPSC 100, CMPSC 110
ENGL 4, ENGL 5, ESL 4
LLED 5, LLED 10
MATH 1, MATH 2, MATH 3, MATH 4, MATH 17, MATH 18, MATH 21, MATH 26, MATH 30, MATH 35, MATH 36, MATH 40, MATH 81, MATH 82, MATH 83, MATH 110, MATH 111, MATH 200
MICRB 106, MICRB 107, MICRB 120, MICRB 121A, MICRB 121B, MICRB 150, and MICRB 151x
PHYS 1, PHYS 150, PHYS 151, PHYS 126
STAT 100

Science Supporting Courses List
Computer Science include CENBD and CMPSC courses
Geosciences include GEOG, GEOSC, MATSC, and MATSE courses
Life Sciences include BIOL, BMB, and MICRB courses
Mathematical Sciences include MATH and STAT courses
Physical Sciences include ASTRO, CHEM, and PHYS courses 

Career Paths

To help you achieve your career goals, you can specialize your Science studies by pursuing one of four options within the degree program: Environmental Studies, General Science, General Science Education Precertification, and Earth and Space Science Education Precertification. Penn State Behrend has a comprehensive support system to help you identify and achieve your goals for college and beyond. Meet with your academic adviser often and take advantage of the services offered by the Academic and Career Planning Center beginning in your first semester.

Careers

Your career options are limited only by your imagination, talent, and perseverance. A STEM undergraduate degree such as the B.S. in Science is a very useful foundation for a wide array of possible careers and for many interdisciplinary graduate school programs. Penn State Behrend Science graduates include pharmacists, educational consultants, optometrists, environmental specialists, field engineers, science teachers, analytical research chemists, field biologists, lab managers, and physicians.

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Opportunities for Graduate Studies

Science can be a foundational major for graduate study in any branch of the physical, chemical, or biological sciences, or for graduate education in preparation for a career as a physician, veterinarian, physician assistant, or other health care professional.

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Professional Resources

Contact

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SCHOOL OF SCIENCE
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4205 College Drive
Erie, PA 16563
814-898-6105
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