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Natural Sciences

Dr. Susan Varnum, Program Director
Beury Hall, Room 130
215-204-6390
susan.varnum@temple.edu

www.temple.edu/chemistry


The Bachelor of Arts (B.A.) in the Natural Sciences provides students more breadth than traditional science programs. Many exciting areas of scientific inquiry, such as the neurosciences, environmental sciences, and biophysical sciences, require general science backgrounds that encompass multiple science disciplines.

Students planning graduate study or technical careers in one of these interdisciplinary areas, as well as students preparing for careers in health sciences, legal professions, science education, science-related business, or social service might be well served by the B.A. in the Natural Sciences.

However, this program of study will not prepare students for graduate study in a traditional science discipline nor will it prepare students for technical employment in a traditional science discipline.

 

major requirements

 

Bachelor of Arts major Requirements

Foundation courses 62 s.h., Biology 1011 and 1012, Chemistry 1031/1033 and 1032/1034, C+IN SC 1068, Earth & Environmental Science 1001, Mathematics 1041 and 1042, Physics 1004, 1021 and 1022, SCI TEC 3001 and SCI TEC 4351 along with four science concentration electives. The four electives chosen to satisfy the science concentration must be above the 2000-level and from one of the following departments: Biology, Chemistry, Earth & Environmental Science, or Physics.  Further, they must all be taken in the same department, and two of the electives must be writing-intensive.

 

Writing Intensive Requirement for Major

Students must take a minimum of two writing-intensive courses as part of the major.  Following is a list of courses that can be used to satisfy the writing-intensive requirement:  Biology 2296*, Biology 3096, Biology 3196, Biology 3396, Chemistry 3196*, Chemistry 4196, Chemistry 4396, Earth & Environmental Science 4096, Earth & Environmental Science 4197, Earth & Environmental Science 4997, Physics 2796* or Physics 4796.

*Pending writing-intensive program approval.

 

Year 1 - Fall Semester      
Department Course # Course Name Hours RCI
Chemistry
Chemistry

Chemistry
Chemistry

Chemistry
Chemistry
1031
1033

1041
1043

1951
1953
General Chemistry I and
General Chemistry I Laboratory
     or
General Chemical Science I and
General Chemical Science I Laboratory
     or
Honors General Chemistry I and
Honors General Chemistry I Laboratory
3
1

3
1

3
1
SA
SA

SA
SA

SA
SA
Mathematics

Mathematics
1041

1941
Calculus I
     or
Honors Calculus I
4

4
QB

QB
Subtotal     8  

Year 1 - Spring Semester      
Department Course # Course Name Hours RCI
Chemistry
Chemistry

Chemistry
Chemistry

Chemistry
Chemistry
1032
1034

1042
1044

1952
1954
General Chemistry II and
General Chemistry II Laboratory
      or
General Chemical Science II and
General Chemical Science II Laboratory
     or
Honors General Chemistry II and
Honors General Chemistry II Laboratory
3
1

3
1

3
1
SB
SB

SB
SB

SB
SB
Mathematics

Mathematics
1042

1942
Calculus II
     or
Honors Calculus II
4

4
 
Subtotal     8  

Year 2 - Fall Semester      
Department Course # Course Name Hours RCI
Biology 1011 General Biology I 4 SA
Earth & Environmental Science 1001 Introduction to Geology 4 SA
Subtotal     8  

Year 2 - Spring Semester      
Department Course # Course Name Hours RCI
Biology 1012 General Biology II 4 SB
C+IN SC 1068 Program Design & Abstraction 4  
Science   Elective** 3-4 WI
Subtotal     11-12  

Year 3 - Fall Semester      
Department Course # Course Name Hours RCI
Physics 1021 Introduction to General Physics I 4 SA
SCI TEC 3001 History of Science 3  
Science   Elective** 3-4 WI
Subtotal     10-11  

Year 3 - Spring Semester      
Department Course # Course Name Hours RCI
Physics 1004 Introduction to Astronomy 4 SB
Physics 1022 Introduction to General Physics II 4 SB
Subtotal     8  

Year 4 - Fall Semester      
Department Course # Course Name Hours RCI
Science   Elective** 3-4  
Science   Elective** 3-4  
Subtotal     6-8  

Year 4 - Spring Semester      
Department Course # Course Name Hours RCI
SCI TEC 4351 Paradigms of Scientific Knowledge 3  
Subtotal     3  

**The four science electives chosen to satisfy the science concentration must all be taken in the same department and two of the four electives must be writing-intensive courses.  See major requirements above for details.

Credits in Coursework for B.A. in Natural Science 62-66
General Education / Elective Credits 57-61
Total Credits for B.A. Degree 123

 

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