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Science and Technology

An understanding of the methods, values, and impact of scientific and technological issues is crucial in developing an awareness of the forces that affect life in contemporary society. Core Science and Technology courses are designed to address these concerns.

Requirement: A sequence of one first-level (SA) course and one second-level (SB) course from these lists.

The proper sequences of Science and Technology courses are indicated by numbers in the lists. The first-level (SA) courses are numbered (1) through (23). Following each second-level (SB) course is the number of credits it carries and then, in parentheses, the number or numbers of SA course(s) it can follow. Examples: 1) A student who has taken Biology 1007 (#1) as an SA course may take as an SB course Anthropology 1055, any of the Biology SB courses except 1902 and 2912, and any of the SB courses that can follow any SA course (labeled "1-23"). 2) Someone who plans to take Anthropology 1055 as an SB course must first take Biology 1001, 1007, 1011, or 1901 as the SA course.

Students should not take an SB course unless an appropriate prerequisite SA course has been completed with a grade of C- or higher.

Transferring Science and Technology courses into Temple

It is preferable that transfer students completing the whole Core, especially from community colleges with which Temple has transfer course equivalency agreements, take science and technology courses equivalent to Temple courses and in sequences matching Temple's Core sequences. Nevertheless, students who transfer in a science/technology course or courses not equivalent to Temple Core courses, or not consistent with Temple Core sequences, have satisfied the Core Science/Technology requirement if by graduation they have credit for two courses (at least 6 credits) in the natural sciences, at least one of which has a laboratory or demonstration component. An unusual sequence of transfer courses may be accepted with the approval of the student's advisor and the Assistant Vice Provost for First Year and Transfer Programs. This policy applies only to courses brought into Temple in transfer, or to combinations of courses in which at least one course was brought in by transfer, not to two courses taken here. This policy applies only to the Core Science and Technology requirement, not to departmental, collegial, or other curricular requirements. (This policy was effective as of May 1995 and is retroactive.)

Transfer students with 45 or more transfer credits meet the science requirement of the 45+ Transfer Core with:  One course in the natural sciences with a laboratory component (Biology, Botany, Chemistry, Earth and Environmental Science, Physics, or interdisciplinary science); or a direct transfer equivalent of a Temple Core "Science/Technology A" course; or if taken at Temple, a Core "SA" course with a lab - see note for lab information in course description. (3-4 credits). Students who transfer 45 or more credits to Temple and have completed a non lab Science course in transfer and still need to complete the 45+ Science requirement, can complete any SA or SB at Temple to satisfy the requirement.


  • Core courses no longer offered by departments have been removed from this list, but students who took them will receive Core credit, as indicated in their DARS document. Questions about Core courses can be answered by the Office of the Senior Vice Provost for Undergraduate Studies.
  • Starting in the Fall 2007, the College of Science & Technology will phase out Physics 1011 and 1012.  Students are advised to register for Physics 1021 and 1022 instead of Physics 1011 and 1012.
  • The Department of Geology is now called the Department of Earth & Environmental Science.
Sequence Course # Course Name Credits
1 1007 Foundations of Biology 4
2 1001 Human Biology 4
3 1011 General Biology I 4
4 1901 Honors General Biology I 4
8 1911 Honors Introduction to Biology 4
5 1111 General Botany 4
6 1011 Chemistry: The Study of Matter I 4
7 1021/1023 Introduction to Chemistry I 3/1
9 1031/1033 General Chemistry I 3/1
10 1041/1043 General Chemical Science I 3/1
11 1951/1953 Honors General Chemical Science I 3/1
12 2921/2923 Organic Chemistry for Honors I 3/1
Earth & Environmental Science      
13 1001 Introduction to Geology 4
14 1223 Human Anatomy and Physiology I 4
15 1001 Physics: Matter and Motion 4
16 1005 Light, Art, and Nature 4
18 1003 Acoustics 3
20 1011 College Physics I 4
21 1021 Introduction to General Physics I 4
22 1061 Elementary Classical Physics I 4
23 1901 Honors Physics: Matter and Motion 4

SECOND LEVEL (SB) COURSES AND CREDITS, with appropriate SA courses in parentheses
Course # Course Name Credits (SA courses)
American Studies      
2941 Honors Technology and American Culture 3 (1-23)
1055 Introduction to Physical Anthropology 4 (1-4) 
1002 Ecosystems 4 (1-3)
1003 Applied Biology 3 (1-2)
1008 Human Development 4 (1-3)
1012 General Biology II 4 (1-3)
1015 Marine Biology 4 (1-3)
1902 Honors General Biology II 4 (4)
2912 Honors Introduction to Biology 4 (8)
2121 Plant Physiology 4 (5)
1012 Chemistry: Study of Matter II 4 (6)
1022/1024 Introduction to Chemistry II 3/1 (7)
1032/1034 General Chemistry II 3/1 (9)
1042/1044 General Chemical Science II 3/1 (10)
1952/1954 Honors General Chemical Science II 3/1 (11)
2922/2924 Organic Chemistry for Honors II 3/1 (12)
Computer & Information Sciences      
1055 Computers and Applications 4 (1-23)
1955 Honors Computers and Applications 4 (1-23) 
Earth & Environmental Science      
1005 Evolution 4 (13)
1015 Environmental Resources 4 (13)
1021 Catastrophic Geology 4 (13)
Electrical Engineering      
1014 Evolution of Modern Electronic Systems 3 (1-23)
1022 Technology and You 3 (1-23) 
Environmental Engineering Technology      
1051 Introduction to the Environment (offered at Temple University Japan campus only) 3 (1-23) 
Environmental Studies      
1052 Introduction to the Physical Environment 4 (13)
Geography & Urban Studies      
1052 Introduction to the Physical Environment 4 (13)
2114 Soils 3 (5)
1224 Human Anatomy & Physiology II 4 (14)
Music Studies      
4711 Computers in Musical Applications 3 (15, 18, or 23)
1077 Science in Context 3 (1-23)
1977 Honors Science in Context 3 (1-23) 
1002 Physics: Waves and Modern Physics 4 (15 or 18)
1004 Introduction to Astronomy 4 (15, 16, or 18)
1012 College Physics II 4 (20)
1022 Introduction to General Physics II 4 (21)
1062 Elementary Classical Physics II 4 (22)
1904 Honors Introduction to Astronomy 4 (15, 16, or 23)

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