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The Major

What can I do with a degree in “General Science”?
The General Science major is a flexible program that provides especially good preparation for careers requiring scientific knowledge that bridges multiple scientific fields, such as the healing arts.  In the business world, General Science students could embark on careers in sales, health care administration, and laboratory management. In the non-profit sector, teaching is a logical career path. The General Science program offers the flexibility of other customized career paths; six are outlined below:

Healing Professions: medicine, dentistry, physical therapy, nursing, physician assistant, optometry, pharmacy, chiropractic, public health, etc.
Technical Sales and Marketing: pharmaceuticals, medical, and scientific equipment.
Health Care Management: hospital/nursing home administration, HMO management, and geriatric services.
Science Teaching: middle school and high school teaching.
Laboratory Technical Work or Management: pharmaceutical, medical, biotechnical, and consumer products research labs, quality control.
Science-related Business, Social Service, or Law.
If you have decided on any of the career choices listed above, or any other that requires a solid foundation in the sciences, then the General Science major might be right for you.  Feel free to contact the program director for advice.

The major is designed to provide a basic knowledge of the contributing disciplines, while still allowing the student to gain more in-depth knowledge in chemistry, biology, or physics.  It is not intended for students planning to attend graduate school in a specific science discipline, since they would need to complete the major in that particular discipline in order to meet the prerequisites for graduate studies.  

If there is a real chance that you might wish to pursue a graduate degree in a specific science discipline, or that you might wish to immediately pursue a career for which a degree in a specific science discipline is either required or strongly recommended, then you should choose a discipline based science major (either biological sciences, chemistry, or physics).

Required Courses  

Required courses can be completed in a variety of different sequences (provided that all course prerequisites are met) and can greatly depend on your career goals.  Please inquire with the program director for advice about the course sequence that best fits your needs and goals. Each semester, students enrolled in this major must have their choice of courses approved by the program director.  Students must maintain a minimum GPA of 2.0 in the required courses for this major.

(2 courses, plus recitations and associated lab courses)

CHEM 1321-1322 (General Chemistry I-II)
CHEM 1311-1312 (General Chemistry Recitation I-II)
CHEM 1331-1332 (General Chemistry Lab I-II)

(2 courses, plus associated lab courses)
BISC 1403-1404 (Introductory Biology I-II)
BISC 1413-1414 (Introductory Biology Lab I-II)

(2 courses, plus associated lab courses)
PHYS 1701-1702 (Physics I-II) or PHYS 1601-1602 (Intro Physics)
PHYS 1511-1512 (Physics Lab I-II)
(PHYS 1501-1511 and 1502-1512 can be substituted with program director's approval)

(2 courses)
MATH 1206-1207 (Calculus 1-2) or MATH 1206 followed by MATH 1205 (Applied Statistics)
(MATH 1203-1204 or MATH 1203-1205 can be substituted with program director's approval)

Computer Science
(2 courses)
CISC 1400 (Discrete Structures) followed by
CISC 1600 (Computer Science I)/CSRU 1610 (Computer Science I Lab)
(Students with a demonstrated proficiency in either computer science or information science can inquire with the program director for alternative choices)

Upper-Level Science Electives
(3 courses, plus any associated lab courses)
Each student must take three additional semesters of non-core science courses (biology, chemistry, or physics) including any associated labs.  These courses must be offered by the Biological Sciences, Chemistry, or Physics Departments and have at least one of the following courses as a prerequisite: CHEM 1322, BISC 1404, PHYS 1702,  PHYS 1602 or PHYS 1502 .  At least two of the upper-level science electives must be in the same discipline.


Students may register for a double major in General Science and all other majors except Biological Sciences, Chemistry, Environmental Science and Physics; however, minors in these (and other) disciplines are allowed and encouraged.

There is no minor in General Science.

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