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College of Science & Technology
Science and technology were responsible for a profound transformation of the world in the 20th century and will drive the economy of the 21st century. The objectives of the undergraduate programs of the College of Science and Technology are to prepare students for careers in these important areas and to graduate informed, responsible citizens.
The college approaches science and technology as a body of knowledge that has an advancing frontier and a complex interface with society. The traditional mandate for a university is to provide undergraduate students with a comprehensive education and the opportunity to focus closely on a particular area of study. The College of Science and Technology embraces this mandate and extends additional opportunities to our students. Science and Technology students are encouraged to participate in faculty research projects and thus experience the advancement of this body of knowledge.
Bachelor of Science programs offer a greater concentration in major coursework, while Bachelor of Arts programs offer a greater variety of coursework. All programs offer undergraduates the opportunity to work with distinguished faculty and a richly-diverse and stimulating student body as they prepare for active roles in society.
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The mission of the College of Science and Technology is to seek academic excellence by providing outstanding instruction in the sciences, and to foster scientific research of the highest quality. In pursuing its mission the College is committed to meeting the needs of a diverse student body, and is truly dedicated to the founding principles of Temple University in providing a superior education to the prepared student. The educational mission of the College is pursued through offering a current curriculum that incorporates the fundamental principles as well as the latest discoveries in the major scientific disciplines.
Interdisciplinary degree programs and independent research projects allow the student to explore scientific boundaries. The College offers a general education curriculum that provides the opportunity for non-science majors to be better informed of the complex scientific and ethical issues facing society. The College also strives to improve science and mathematics education in the Philadelphia schools. All of these aspects of the educational mission of the College are achieved through the dedicated efforts of the faculty, who are leading scholars in their field.
The research mission of the College is pursued through a sustained effort to recruit the best and brightest new faculty, to aggressively develop promising research initiatives, and to create a modern science campus with facilities fully supportive of cutting-edge research. The College also strives to support the scholarly pursuits and professional activities of its faculty, who in turn advance their respective disciplines. In doing so, the College provides an outstanding environment for graduate and undergraduate research, with the Departments and Centers as focal points for interdisciplinary research initiatives and graduate degree programs. In pursuing its research mission the College of Science and Technology will be a vital participant in establishing Temple University as a recognized center of excellence in scientific research and development.
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See Undergraduate Admissions for more details.
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See Financial Information: Scholarships & Grants for more details.
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University Honors Program
Students in the College of Science and Technology may apply to the University Honors Program. Honors students are eligible to enroll in CST honors courses, provided that they have satisfied the prerequisites and co-requisites. Honors courses are designated with a nine as the second digit in the four-digit number, e.g. Mathematics 1941 is Honors Calculus I. See Academic Opportunities: University Honors Program for more information.
TUteach Certification for Secondary Education
Seven Bachelor of Science programs enable students to prepare for secondary education certification while mastering the content of their field. The programs are: Biology with Teaching, Chemistry with Teaching, Earth and Space Science with Teaching, General Science with Teaching, Mathematics with Teaching, Mathematics and Computer Science with Teaching, and Physics with Teaching. The programs require that students complete the collegial Bachelor of Science requirements and a total of 124 credits. See the TUteach Programs for more details.
Accelerated Five-Year Bachelor's/Master's Programs with Teacher Certification
The Biology, Chemistry, Earth & Environmental Science, Mathematics, and Physics Departments enable talented students to complete both a Bachelor's degree in one of the above departments and a Master's degree in Education in a total of five years. After completing the Bachelor's degree in one of the aforementioned disciplines, students spend an additional year as a graduate student in the College of Education. Students must apply for the five-year Master's program during their sophomore year. If accepted, they will take both undergraduate major courses as well as Master's in Education courses beginning in their junior year. They complete their undergraduate major in their fourth year and their Master's in their fifth year. Students who complete this program earn a Master of Education degree and are certified to teach in Pennsylvania schools. See the College of Education for more details.
Early Admission to Professional Programs
Students in the College of Science and Technology who have been admitted to one of the following programs: Temple University School of Medicine, Temple University Kornberg School of Dentistry, Temple University School of Podiatry, Temple University School of Pharmacy, or the Doctorate of Physical Therapy, at the end of their third year and have completed 90 semester hours, including all course requirements for the major, College and University, may transfer their first year in professional study toward the completion of the credit requirements for the degree of Bachelor of Arts. Biology and Chemistry majors may also transfer approved courses in their first year of professional study toward the elective courses in their major.
Students in the College of Science and Technology who have been admitted to other health-related professional schools at the end of their third year with a cumulative GPA of at least 3.5 and who have completed 90 semester hours, including all course requirements of the major, College and University, may petition the dean for the transfer of their first year of professional study toward the completion of the credit requirements for the degree of Bachelor of Arts. University residency requirements must also be met.
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Juniors and seniors are often honored for outstanding performance in a variety of academic areas and for exceptional service to the College and the University. Information about these awards is available in departmental offices or in the Office of Student Services, 1810 Liacouras Walk, Room 203.
Distinction in Major
Many programs allow exceptional students to receive a Distinction in Major. Please see the Bulletin pages for the specific requirements for any particular major.
Phi Beta Kappa
See Opportunities: Honor Societies: Phi Beta Kappa.
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Many of the departments within the College of Science and Technology support student interest organizations known as Majors' Associations or Societies. Each department organization provides an opportunity for students to interact with faculty and other students who share similar interests. It is through these venues that students may influence course offerings, faculty recruitment, and departmental policy.
Pre-Professional Health Associations
Temple University has many pre-professional health organizations that may interest students in the College of Science and Technology. These organizations allow students to interact with others with similar professional interests and gain more knowledge about admissions requirements and examinations.
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