Natural Sciences Area Major Requirements

(Also see Requirements of a Bachelor's Degree.)

The Natural Sciences Area major allows students to combine appropriate upper-level courses in two different areas of natural science. Students may bridge biology and chemistry, chemistry and physics, or some other combination as long as the curriculum forms a coherent whole. The major prepares students for careers in medicine, dentistry, or veterinary science, if the introductory courses chosen by the student include those prescribed for admission to these professional schools.

Students selecting the Natural Sciences Area major can also go on to graduate study in natural science, though they may have to take some remedial work in graduate school, if their undergraduate program does not include courses usually required by a traditional major in a particular subject.

The requirements of the natural sciences area major are:

Science and Math Core Courses
AS.110.106Calculus I (Biology and Social Sciences)4
or AS.110.108 Calculus I (Physical Sciences & Engineering)
AS.110.107Calculus II (For Biological and Social Science)4
or AS.110.109 Calculus II (For Physical Sciences and Engineering)
or AS.110.113 Honors Single Variable Calculus
Introductory Chemistry I
and Introductory Chemistry Laboratory I
Introductory Chemistry II
and Introductory Chemistry Laboratory II
or AS.030.103 Applied Chemical Equilibrium and Reactivity w/lab
AS.171.101General Physics: Physical Science Major I4
or AS.171.103 General Physics I for Biological Science Majors
or AS.171.107 General Physics for Physical Sciences Majors (AL)
AS.171.102General Physics: Physical Science Major II4
or AS.171.104 General Physics/Biology Majors II
or AS.171.108 General Physics for Physical Science Majors (AL)
AS.173.111General Physics Laboratory I1
AS.173.112General Physics Laboratory II1
Science Electives
Natural science or quantitative credits at any level 120
At least five courses of upper level natural science electives at the 300- or 400-level in at most 2 departments 215
Humanities and Social Science Electives 3
Humanities or social science credits at any level 412
At least four courses of humanities or social science electives at the 300- or 400-level in at most 2 departments12
Total Credits85

Minimum GPA Standards

Students must maintain an overall grade point average of 2.0 in their major. Satisfactory/unsatisfactory graded courses may not count towards major requirements.

Double Major Restrictions

Students majoring in other natural sciences major may not double major with the Natural Sciences Area Major.