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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.

 

Bachelor of Arts

 

Summary of Requirements for the Degree

1. University Requirements (123 total s.h.)

  • Math 0701 (4 s.h.) and/or English 0701 (4 s.h.), if required by placement testing.
  • All Temple students must take a minimum of two writing-intensive courses as part of their 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.
  • Students must complete a set of university requirements: General Education (GenEd) or Core.
    • New freshman students starting in the 2009-2010 catalog year are required to complete the General Education Curriculum (25-26 s.h.). See the General Education section of the Undergraduate Bulletin for the GenEd curriculum.
    • New transfer students starting in the 2009-2010 catalog year are required to complete the University Core Curriculum requirements (34-35 s.h.) including completion of the library orientation, Temple Information Literacy Tutorial (TILT). See the Core Curriculum section of the Undergraduate Bulletin for the course requirements.

 

2. College Requirements

  • 90 credits within the College of Science & Technology (CST) or the College of Liberal Arts (CLA).
  • 45 Upper-Level (2000+) credits within the College of Science & Technology (CST) or the College of Liberal Arts (CLA).
  • Two (2) Upper-Level (2000+) Liberal Art courses.
  • Second (2nd) Level of a Foreign Language (1002).

 

3. Major Requirements for Bachelor of Arts (58-66 s.h.)

  • Two (2) Biology courses are required (8 s.h.): Biology 1011 or 1111 and 1012 or 2112. 
  • Two (2) Chemistry courses with labs are required (8 s.h.): Chemistry 1031/1033 and 1032/1034.
  • One (1) Computer & Information Science course is required (4 s.h.): C+IN SC 1053, 1057, 1068 or 1073.
  • Two (2) College of Science & Technology courses are required (6 s.h.): SCI TEC 3001 and 4351.
  • One (1) Earth & Environmental Science (EES) course is required (4 s.h.): EES 1001
  • One or Two (1-2) Mathematics course(s) are required (4-8 s.h.): Mathematics 1031 or the combination of 1041 and 1042.
  • Three (3) Physics courses are required (12 s.h.): Physics 1004, 1021, and 1022.
  • Four (4) Upper-Level (2000+) elective science courses are required (12-16 s.h.): The four electives must be selected from the same department and two of them must be writing-intensive courses.  The departments you can choose electives from are: Biology, Chemistry, Earth & Environmental Science (EES) or Physics.

 

*Pending writing-intensive program approval.

 

Suggested semester by semester plan

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

Mathematics
1031
  or
1041
  or
1941
Differential & Integral Calculus
     or
Calculus I
     or
Honors Calculus I
4

4

4
QB

QB

QB
General Education / Elective Credits     7  
Subtotal     15  
 
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 1042~
 or
1942~
Calculus II
    or
Honors Calculus II
4~

4~
 
General Education / Elective Credits     8-12  
Subtotal     16  
~Not required if Math 1031 is completed.
 
Year 2 - Fall Semester
Department Course # Course Name Hours RCI
Biology 1011 General Biology I (F) 4 SA
EES 1001 Introduction to Geology 4 SA
General Education / Elective Credits     8  
Subtotal     16  
         
Year 2 - Spring Semester      
Department Course # Course Name Hours RCI
Biology 1012 General Biology II (S) 4 SB
C+IN SC

C+IN SC

C+IN SC

C+IN SC
1053

1057

1068

1073
Programming in Matlab
     or
Computer Programming in C
     or
Program Design & Abstraction
     or
Computer Programming & Higher Level Languages
4

4

4

4
QB

QB



QB
Science   Elective** 3-4 WI
General Education / Elective Credits     3-4  
Subtotal     15  
 
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 (F) 3  
Science   Elective** 3-4 WI
General Education / Elective Credits     4-5  
Subtotal     15  
 
Year 3 - Spring Semester
Department Course # Course Name Hours RCI
Physics 1004 Introduction to Astronomy (S) 4 SB
Physics 1022 Introduction to General Physics II 4 SB
General Education / Elective Credits     7  
Subtotal     15  
 
Year 4 - Fall Semester
Department Course # Course Name Hours RCI
Science   Elective** 3-4  
Science   Elective** 3-4  
General Education / Elective Credits     7-9  
Subtotal     15  
 
Year 4 - Spring Semester
Department Course # Course Name Hours RCI
SCI TEC 4351 Paradigms of Scientific Knowledge (S) 3  
General Education / Elective Credits     13  
Subtotal     16  
         
Credits in Coursework for B.A. in Natural Science 58-66  
General Education / Elective Credits 57-61  
Total Credits for B.A. Degree 123  

(F) - Fall only course.

(S) - Spring only course.

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

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