Science, B.S. (University College)

Program Code: SCIUC_BS

Program Description

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

The Science major is an interdisciplinary degree that aims to provide a broad, general education in science. The bachelor of science (B.S.) 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 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 throughout the Commonwealth 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.

The Science major is an interdisciplinary degree that aims to provide a broad, general education in science. The bachelor of science (B.S.) 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 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 throughout the Commonwealth 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.

General Science Option

Available at the following campuses: Abington, Altoona, Berks, Harrisburg, Scranton, University Park, York

The General Science option of the B.S. Science degree allows for the most flexibility.

Achievement in a more specialized set of goals can be met by selecting one of the other B.S. options offered:

Biological Sciences and Health Professions Option

Available at the following campuses: University Park

Legal Studies, Government Service, Public Policy Option

Available at the following campuses: University Park

Life Sciences Option

Available at the following campuses: Abington, Altoona, Berks, Harrisburg, Scranton, University Park, York

Mathematical Sciences Option

Available at the following campuses: Abington, Altoona

Physical Sciences Option

Available at the following campuses: Altoona

Not all of these options are available at all locations, and there are minor distinctions of the core curriculum at some locations, so see the Science program director at your College for further details.

Two-Year Preprofessional Preparation

The first two years of the Science major (62 credits) can meet the pre professional 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 your college's health sciences professional adviser for additional information.

What is Science?

The Science major provides a broad and interdisciplinary foundation in the natural sciences. The Science BS program uses the principles of chemistry, physics, and life sciences to understand how these integrate over general areas including biological sciences and health professions, public policy, and science research and development.

You Might Like This Program If...

  • You like learning by doing hands-on experiments.
  • You are curious about the natural world and how science disciplines come together to explore and understand it.
  • You are intrigued by science and desire a career in current and emerging interdisciplinary science disciplines, health professions, or melding science with law, policy or business.

Entrance to Major

In order to be eligible for entrance to the Science major, a student at any location must have:

  1. attained at least a 2.00 cumulative grade-point average;
  2. completed MATH 140 with a grade of C or better;
  3. completed at least two of the following courses, BIOL 110; CHEM 110; PHYS 211 or PHYS 250, with a grade of C or better.

Degree Requirements

For the Bachelor of Science degree in Science, a minimum of 124 credits is required, with at least 15 credits at the 400 level:

Requirement Credits
General Education 45
Requirements for the Major 94

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.

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

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
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
Requirements for the Option
Select an option74

Requirements for the Option

General Science Option (74 credits)

Available at the following campuses: Abington, Altoona, Berks, Harrisburg, Scranton, University Park, York

Additional Courses
Select 4 credits of the following:4
Mammalian Anatomy Keystone/General Education Course
Introduction to Human Physiology Keystone/General Education Course
and Physiology Laboratory
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
Select 3-4 credits of the following:3-4
Elementary Statistics Keystone/General Education Course
Introduction to Biostatistics Keystone/General Education Course
STAT 301
Experimental Methods
Select 8-12 credits of the following:8-12
General Physics: Mechanics Keystone/General Education Course
and General Physics: Electricity and Magnetism Keystone/General Education Course
and General Physics: Fluids and Thermal Physics Keystone/General Education Course
and General Physics: Wave Motion and Quantum Physics Keystone/General Education Course 1
Introductory Physics I Keystone/General Education Course
and Introductory Physics II Keystone/General Education Course 1
Supporting Courses and Related Areas
A maximum of 12 credits of Independent Study (296, 496) may be applied toward credits for graduation.
Select 21-26 credits from program list (Students may apply 6 credits of ROTC)21-26
Select 3 credits from earth and mineral sciences3
Select 3 credits in Global, Social, and Personal Awareness from department approved course list in consultation with adviser3
Select 3 credits in Teamwork and Interpersonal Communication from department approved course list in consultation with adviser3
Select 6 credits of 400-level courses6
Supporting and Related Courses: Require a grade of C or better
Select 18 credits in life, mathematical, or physical sciences, with at least 9 credits at the 400 level 2,318
Biological Sciences and Health Professions Option (74 credits)

Available at the following campuses: University Park

Prescribed Courses
HPA 101Introduction to Health Services Organization3
Additional Courses
Select 4 credits of the following:4
Mammalian Anatomy Keystone/General Education Course
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
Introduction to Human Physiology Keystone/General Education Course
and Physiology Laboratory
Select 3-4 credits of the following:3-4
Elementary Statistics Keystone/General Education Course
Introduction to Biostatistics Keystone/General Education Course
STAT 301
Experimental Methods
Select 6-8 credits of the following:6-8
Fundamentals of Organic Chemistry I
and Fundamentals of Organic Chemistry II
Organic Chemistry I
and Organic Chemistry II
and Laboratory in Organic Chemistry
Select 3 credits of the following:3
Genetics
Genetic Analysis
Elementary Biochemistry
Molecular and Cell Biology I
Introductory Microbiology
Select 8-12 credits of the following:8-12
General Physics: Mechanics Keystone/General Education Course
and General Physics: Electricity and Magnetism Keystone/General Education Course
and General Physics: Fluids and Thermal Physics Keystone/General Education Course
and General Physics: Wave Motion and Quantum Physics Keystone/General Education Course 2
Introductory Physics I Keystone/General Education Course
and Introductory Physics II Keystone/General Education Course 2
Supporting Courses and Related Areas
A maximum of 12 credits of Independent Study (296, 496) may be applied toward credits for graduation.
Select 15 credits from program list for Healthcare/ Medicine/Ethical Competencies 115
Select 10-17 credits from program list (Students may apply 6 credits of ROTC)10-17
Select 3 credits in Global, Social, and Personal Awareness from department approved course list in consultation with adviser3
Select 3 credits in Teamwork and Interpersonal Communication from department approved course list in consultation with adviser 3
Supporting Courses and Related Areas: Require a grade of C or better
Select 9 credits of 400-level BMB, BIOL, BIOTC, or MICRB courses9
Legal Studies, Government Service, Public Policy Option (74 credits)

Available at the following campuses: University Park

Additional Courses
Select 4 credits of the following:4
Mammalian Anatomy Keystone/General Education Course
Introduction to Human Physiology Keystone/General Education Course
and Physiology Laboratory
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
Select 3-4 credits of the following:3-4
Elementary Statistics Keystone/General Education Course
Introduction to Biostatistics Keystone/General Education Course
STAT 301
Experimental Methods
Select 8-12 credits of the following:8-12
General Physics: Mechanics Keystone/General Education Course
and General Physics: Electricity and Magnetism Keystone/General Education Course
and General Physics: Fluids and Thermal Physics Keystone/General Education Course
and General Physics: Wave Motion and Quantum Physics Keystone/General Education Course 1
Introductory Physics I Keystone/General Education Course
and Introductory Physics II Keystone/General Education Course 1
Supporting Courses and Related Areas
Select 12-17 credits from program list (Students may apply 6 credits of ROTC)12-17
Select 18 credits from program list for Legal Studies, Government Service, Public Policy 218
Select 3 credits in Global, Social, and Personal Awareness from department approved course list in consultation with adviser3
Select 3 credits in Teamwork and Interpersonal Communication from department approved course list in consultation with adviser3
Supporting Courses and Related Areas: Require a grade of C or better
Select 18 credits in life, mathematical, or physical sciences, with at least 9 credits at the 400 level 3,418
Life Science Option (74 credits)

Available at the following campuses: Abington, Altoona, Berks, Harrisburg, Scranton, University Park, York

Additional Courses
Select 4 credits 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
Select 3 credits of the following:3
Introduction to Programming Keystone/General Education Course
Ordinary Differential Equations
Introduction to Biostatistics Keystone/General Education Course
Select 3 credits of the following:3
Elementary Biochemistry
Molecular and Cell Biology I
Introductory Microbiology
Select 6-8 credits of the following:6-8
Fundamentals of Organic Chemistry I
and Fundamentals of Organic Chemistry II
Organic Chemistry I
and Organic Chemistry II
and Laboratory in Organic Chemistry
Select 8-12 credits of the following:8-12
General Physics: Mechanics Keystone/General Education Course
and General Physics: Electricity and Magnetism Keystone/General Education Course
and General Physics: Fluids and Thermal Physics Keystone/General Education Course
and General Physics: Wave Motion and Quantum Physics Keystone/General Education Course 1
Introductory Physics I Keystone/General Education Course
and Introductory Physics II Keystone/General Education Course 1
Supporting Courses and Related Areas
A maximum of 12 credits of Independent Study 296, 496 may be applied toward credits for graduation.
Select 23-29 credits from program list (Students may apply 6 credits of ROTC)23-29
Select 3 credits in Global, Social, and Personal Awareness3
Select 3 credits in Teamwork and Interpersonal Communication3
Select 6 credits of 400-level courses6
Supporting Courses and Related Areas: Require a grade of C or better
Select 9 credits of 400-level BMB, BIOL, BIOTC, or MICRB courses9
Mathematical Science Option (74 credits)

Available at the following campuses: Abington, Altoona

Prescribed Courses
CMPSC 122Intermediate Programming3
MATH 220Matrices Keystone/General Education Course2-3
Additional Courses
CMPSC 360Discrete Mathematics for Computer Science3-4
or MATH 311W Concepts of Discrete Mathematics
MATH 230Calculus and Vector Analysis4
or MATH 251 Ordinary and Partial Differential Equations
STAT 3013
or STAT 318 Elementary Probability
Select 3 credits of the following:3
Elementary Biochemistry
Molecular and Cell Biology I
Introductory Microbiology
Select 3 credits of the following:3
Introduction to Programming Techniques Keystone/General Education Course
Programming for Engineers with C++ Keystone/General Education Course
CMPSC 202
Select 8-12 credits of the following:8-12
General Physics: Mechanics Keystone/General Education Course
and General Physics: Electricity and Magnetism Keystone/General Education Course
and General Physics: Fluids and Thermal Physics Keystone/General Education Course
and General Physics: Wave Motion and Quantum Physics Keystone/General Education Course 1
Introductory Physics I Keystone/General Education Course
and Introductory Physics II Keystone/General Education Course 1
Supporting Courses and Related Areas
A maximum of 12 credits of Independent Study (296, 496) may be applied toward credits for graduation.
Select 18-24 credits from program list (Students may apply 6 credits of ROTC)18-24
Select 6 credits of 400-level courses6
Select 3 credits in Global, Social, and Personal Awareness3
Select 3 credits in Teamwork and Interpersonal Communication3
Supporting Courses and Related Areas: Require a grade of C or better
Select 9 credits of 400-level CMPSC, CSE, MATH, or STAT courses9
Physical Science Option (74 credits)

Available at the following campuses: Altoona

Prescribed Courses
ASTRO 291Astronomical Methods and the Solar System Keystone/General Education Course3
PHYS 212General Physics: Electricity and Magnetism Keystone/General Education Course4
PHYS 213General Physics: Fluids and Thermal Physics Keystone/General Education Course2
PHYS 214General Physics: Wave Motion and Quantum Physics Keystone/General Education Course2
Prescribed Courses: Require a grade of C or better
PHYS 211General Physics: Mechanics Keystone/General Education Course4
Additional Courses
Select 3 credits of the following:3
Elementary Biochemistry
Molecular and Cell Biology I
Introductory Microbiology
Select 6-8 credits of the following:6-8
Fundamentals of Organic Chemistry I
and Fundamentals of Organic Chemistry II
Organic Chemistry I
and Organic Chemistry II
and Laboratory in Organic Chemistry
MATH 230Calculus and Vector Analysis4
or MATH 251 Ordinary and Partial Differential Equations
Select 3 credits of the following:3
Astronomy of the Distant Universe Keystone/General Education Course
Statics
Engineering Thermodynamics I
Introduction to Modern Physics
Supporting Courses and Related Areas
A maximum of 12 credits of Independent Study (296, 496) may be applied toward credits for graduation.
Select 20-22 credits from program list (Students may apply 6 credits of ROTC)20-22
Select 6 credits of 400-level courses6
Select 3 credits in Global, Social, and Personal Awareness3
Select 3 credits in Teamwork and Interpersonal Communication3
Supporting Courses and Related Areas: Require a grade of C or better
Select 9 credits of 400-level ASTRO, CHEM, or PHYS courses9

Program Learning Objectives

  • Process of Science: Apply the elements of the process of science such as posing questions, generating novel hypotheses based on the scientific literature; developing appropriate technical skills for research; designing/conducting experiments to test hypotheses in laboratory and/or field settings; summarizing/interpreting data; integrating/evaluating findings in the broader scientific field to construct new knowledge; and/or participating in the peer review/revision process.
  • Quantitative Reasoning and Data Science: Apply basic quantitative competencies such as algebra, probability, statistics, unit conversions, and fundamental principles; organize, summarize, and interpret quantitative data; use modeling/simulation to approach problems from across various scales; and/or find and analyze large databases using statistical methods and/or other approaches.
  • Interdisciplinary Thinking: Integrate knowledge among science subfields and between science and other disciplines.
  • Collaboration and Communications: Engage with diverse communities and leverage the skills in the community to pose and solve scientific questions; demonstrate the ability to work in teams to solve problems; and/or communicate in a variety of formal and informal ways in the discussion of scientific research.
  • Science and Society: Explore the impacts of scientific research on society and the environment and how society influences/relies on research to inform decision-making; evaluate the ethical implications of scientific research; recognize ethical issues in a variety of settings; and/or describe how different perspectives and the resulting alternative approaches  might be evaluated using ethical principles to identify a solution to an issue.
  • Professional Experiences: Communicate in a professional manner and learn/use professional behaviors in all aspects of college and career building activities, including participation in opportunities such as research, internships, cooperative education, teaching and tutoring, study abroad, and/or volunteer work.

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

Scranton

Agnes Kim
Associate Professor
120 Ridge View Drive
Dunmore, PA 18512
570-963-2549
axk55@psu.edu

York

Anne Vardo-Zalik
Associate Professor of Biology
1 Elias Science Building
York, PA 17403
717-718-6705
amv12@psu.edu

Altoona

Richard Bell
Associate Professor of Chemistry
104 Science Building
3000 Ivyside Park
Altoona, PA 16601
814-949-5712
rcb155@psu.edu

Abington

Eric Ingersoll
Program Chair
1600 Woodland Road
Abington, PA 19001
215-881-7492
epi1@psu.edu

Berks

Ike Shibley
Program Coordinator, Associate Professor
L101G
Reading, PA 19610
610-396-6185
ias1@psu.edu

Harrisburg

Sairam V. Rudrabhatla, Ph.D.
Program Chair
Science and Technology Building, TL 174
Middletown, PA 17057
717-948-6560
svr11@psu.edu

University Park

Science, B.S. Program

Ronald Markle
Professor and Director, Premedicine & Science Majors
225B Ritenour Building
University Park, PA 16802
814-865-7620
ram29@psu.edu

University Park

Accelerated Science B.S./M.B.A. Program

John Moses
Academic Adviser
234 Ritenour Building
University Park, PA 16802
814-863-5780
jrm68@psu.edu

Suggested Academic Plan

The suggested academic plan(s) listed on this page are the plan(s) that are in effect during the 2021-22 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).

Scranton Campus

General Science Option: Science, B.S. at Scranton 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
ENGL 15 (GWS)3BIOL 230W or 240W4
BIOL 110 (GN)*#†4CHEM 112
CHEM 113 (GN)
4
CHEM 110
CHEM 111 (GN)*#†
4MATH 141 (GQ)*4
MATH 140 (GQ)*#†4General Education Course3
PSU 81 
 16 15
Second Year
FallCreditsSpringCredits
BIOL 220W4Global Social and Personal Awareness Course3
PHYS 250*4Earth and Mineral Sciences3
STAT 200 or 2503-4BIOL 230W or 240W4
CAS 100 (GWS)3PHYS 251 (GN)*4
General Education Course3General Education Course3
 17-18 17
Third Year
FallCreditsSpringCredits
400 Level Option - Life/Mathematical/Physical Science*3-4400 Level Selection - Life/Mathematical/Physical Science*3
Option Selection - Teamwork, Interpersonal Communication3Option Selection - Life/Mathematical/Physical Science3
Option Selection3ENGL 202C3
General Education Course3General Education Course3
General Education Course3Elective3
 General Education Course (GHW)1.5
 15-16 16.5
Fourth Year
FallCreditsSpringCredits
400 Level Selection - Life/Mathematical/Physical Science*3400 Level Selection3
400 Level Selection3Option Selection - Life/Mathematical/Physical Science3
Option Selection - Life/Mathematical/Physical Science3Option Selection3
Elective - Option Course3Option Selection3
Elective - Option Course3Option Selection3
General Education Course (GHW)1.5 
 16.5 15
Total Credits 128-130

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

BIOL 230W is offered alternating spring semesters

BIOL 240W is offered alternating spring semesters

Students may take PHYS 211, General Physics: Electricity and Magnetism (PHYS 212), General Physics: Fluids and Thermal Physics (PHYS 213), & General Physics: Wave Motion and Quantum Physics (PHYS 214)in place of PHYS 250 & PHYS 251

Life Science Option: Science, B.S. at Scranton 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
ENGL 15 (GWS)3BIOL 230W or 240W4
BIOL 110 (GN)*#†4CHEM 112
CHEM 113 (GN)
4
CHEM 110
CHEM 111 (GN)*#†
4MATH 141 (GQ)4
MATH 140 (GQ)*#†4General Education Course3
PSU 81General Education Course (GHW)1.5
 16 16.5
Second Year
FallCreditsSpringCredits
BIOL 220W4CHEM 212
CHEM 213
5
PHYS 250*#4BIOL 230W or 240W4
CHEM 2103PHYS 251 (GN)*4
Quantification (GQ)3General Education Course3
General Education Course3 
 17 16
Third Year
FallCreditsSpringCredits
400 Level Option - Life/Mathematical/Physical Science*3-4BMB 211 (or General Education Course)3
Option Selection - Teamwork, Interpersonal Communication3Option Selection: Global, Social, and Personal Awareness3
CAS 1003400 Level Selection Life Sciences*3
General Education Course3ENGL 202C3
General Education Course (GHW)1.5Option Selection3
 13.5-14.5 15
Fourth Year
FallCreditsSpringCredits
400 Level Selection - Life Science*3400 Level Selection3
400 Level Selection3BMB 211 (or General Education Course)3
Option Selection3Option Selection3
Option Selection3Option Selection3
General Education Course3Option Selection3
 15 15
Total Credits 124-125

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

BIOL 230W is offered alternating spring semesters

BIOL 240W is offered alternating spring semesters

Students may take PHYS 211, General Physics: Electricity and Magnetism (PHYS 212), General Physics: Fluids and Thermal Physics (PHYS 213), & General Physics: Wave Motion and Quantum Physics (PHYS 214)in place of PHYS 250 & PHYS 251. See adviser.

BMB 211 is offered alternating spring semesters.

York Campus

Science, B.S. at York 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
ENGL 15 or 30H3CHEM 1123
BIOL 110*4CHEM 1131
CHEM 110*3MATH 1414
MATH 140*4PHYS 211 or 250*4
CHEM 111*1General Education course (GHW)1-3
 15 13-15
Second Year
FallCreditsSpringCredits
CAS 1003ENGL 202C3
Option Selection course3-4Option Selection course3-4
General Education course3PHYS 214 or 213*2
PHYS 212 or 251*4General Education course6
MICRB 2013 
 16-17 14-15
Third Year
FallCreditsSpringCredits
Option Selection course3-4400 Level Selection *3
400 Level Selection*3General Education course3
General Education course (GHW)1-3Option Selection course*6-8
General Education course3Elective*3
Elective6 
 16-19 15-17
Fourth Year
FallCreditsSpringCredits
400 level Selection*6400 level selection3
Option Selection course3-4Option Selection course6-8
General Education Course3General Education Course3
Elective3Elective3
 15-16 15-17
Total Credits 119-131

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.

Career Paths

Penn State students with a BS in Science are prepared for a broad range of careers and graduate programs. The solid foundation of science and math prepares students to think critically and scientifically in a range of industries and professions.

Careers

This program often leads to careers in all healthcare professions, including physicians and physician assistants, dentists, optometrists, and podiatrists; laboratory research associates; scientific product representatives and science-based consulting.

Opportunities for Graduate Studies

Many graduates of the Science B.S. program choose to pursue graduate studies (MS and PhD) in the natural sciences. Most often, students gravitate to medically-related fields and life science sub-disciplines for focused graduate training. Students in the legal studies and public policy options may choose law school or master's in public policy programs.

Professional Resources

Contact

Scranton

120 Ridge View Drive
Dunmore, PA 18512
570-963-2549
axk55@psu.edu

https://scranton.psu.edu/science-program

York

1 Elias Science Building
York, PA 17403
717-718-6705
amv12@psu.edu

http://york.psu.edu/academics/baccalaureate/science

Abington

DIVISION OF SCIENCE & ENGINEERING
1600 Woodland Road
Abington, PA 19001
215-881-7492
epi1@psu.edu

http://abington.psu.edu/science

Altoona

DIVISION OF MATHEMATICS AND NATURAL SCIENCES
104 Science Building
3000 Ivyside Park
Altoona, PA 16601
814-949-5172
rcb155@psu.edu

https://altoona.psu.edu/academics/bachelors-degrees/science

Berks

DIVISION OF SCIENCE
Luerssen Science Building
Reading, PA 19610
610-396-6185
ias1@psu.edu

http://berks.psu.edu/bs-science

Harrisburg

SCHOOL OF SCIENCE, ENGINEERING, AND TECHNOLOGY
Science & Tech Building, TL 177
Middletown, PA 17057
717-948-4387
mrr53@psu.edu

https://harrisburg.psu.edu/science-engineering-technology/biology-science/bachelor-science-biology

University Park

Science, B.S. Program

SCIENCE DEGREE
225B Ritenour Building
University Park, PA 16802
814-865-7620
ram29@psu.edu

http://science.psu.edu/sciencebs

University Park

Accelerated Science B.S./M.B.A. Program

SCIENCE B.S./M.B.A.
111 Ritenour Building
University Park, PA 16802
814-863-2011