Bachelor of Arts 

Summary of Requirements for the Degree

  1. University Requirements (123 total s.h.)
    • MATH 0701 (4 s.h.) and/or ENG 0701 (4 s.h.), if required by placement testing.
    • All Temple students must take a minimum of two writing-intensive courses at Temple as part of their major. For Natural Sciences majors, one must be ENG 2696 and the second may be selected from the following list:
      BIOL 2296
      Genetics
      BIOL 3096
      Cell Structure and Function
      BIOL 3396
      Scientific Writing for Biology: The Art of Communicating
      CHEM 4196
      Techniques of Chemical Measurement II
      CHEM 3397
      & CHEM 3398
      Physical Chemistry Laboratory I
      and Physical Chemistry Laboratory II
      EES 2096
      Climate Change: Oceans To Atmosphere
      PHIL 2196
      Perspectives on Science and Mathematics
      PHIL 2596
      Philosophical Perspectives on the Environment
      PHYS 2796
      Introduction to Modern Physics
      PHYS 4796
      Experimental Physics
      SCTC 4396
      Paradigms of Scientific Knowledge: Knowledge Discovery from Scientific Data
    • Students must complete the General Education (GenEd) requirements.
      • See the General Education section of the Undergraduate Bulletin for the GenEd curriculum.
      • Students who complete CST majors typically receive a waiver for 2 Science & Technology (GS) and 1 Quantitative Literacy (GQ) GenEd courses.
    • Students must satisfy general Temple University residency 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 (60-69 s.h.)
    At least 7 courses required for the major must be completed at Temple. At least 2 courses in the chosen concentration must be completed at Temple.
Biology
Select one of the following:4
BIOL 1011
General Biology I (F)
BIOL 1111
Introduction to Biology I
BIOL 1911
Honors Introduction to Biology I (S)
Select one of the following:4
BIOL 1012
General Biology II (S)
BIOL 2112
Introduction to Biology II
BIOL 2912
Honors Introduction to Biology II (F)
Chemistry
Select one of the following:4
CHEM 1031
& CHEM 1033
General Chemistry I
and General Chemistry Laboratory I
CHEM 1951
& CHEM 1953
Honors General Chemical Science I
and Honors Chemical Science Laboratory I (F)
Select one of the following:4
CHEM 1032
& CHEM 1034
General Chemistry II
and General Chemistry Laboratory II
CHEM 1952
& CHEM 1954
Honors General Chemical Science II
and Honors Chemical Science Laboratory II (S)
College of Science & Technology
Select one of the following: 14
SCTC 1501
STEM Challenge: The World Around Us
SCTC 1502
STEM Challenge: The World Within
Select one of the following:3
SCTC 4351
Paradigms of Scientific Knowledge: Knowledge Discovery from Scientific Data (F)
SCTC 4396
Paradigms of Scientific Knowledge: Knowledge Discovery from Scientific Data
Computer Programming/Physics
Select one of the following:3-4
CIS 1051
Introduction to Problem Solving and Programming in Python
CIS 1052
Introduction to Web Technology and Programming
CIS 1053
Programming in Matlab
PHYS 1004
Introduction to Astronomy (F)
Earth & Environmental Science
EES 2001Physical Geology4
Mathematics
Select one of the following:4-8
MATH 1031
Differential and Integral Calculus
MATH 1041
& MATH 1044
Calculus I
and Introduction to Probability and Statistics for the Life Sciences
MATH 1041
& MATH 1042
Calculus I
and Calculus II
MATH 1941
& MATH 1942
Honors Calculus I
and Honors Calculus II
Philosophy/History
Select one of the following:3
PHIL 2196
Perspectives on Science and Mathematics (WI)
SCTC 3001
History of Science
Physics
Select one of the following:4
PHYS 1021
Introduction to General Physics I
PHYS 1061
Elementary Classical Physics I
PHYS 1961
Honors Elementary Classical Physics I (F)
PHYS 2021
General Physics I
PHYS 2921
Honors General Physics I (F)
Select one of the following:4
PHYS 1022
Introduction to General Physics II
PHYS 1062
Elementary Classical Physics II
PHYS 1962
Honors Elementary Classical Physics II (S)
PHYS 2022
General Physics II
PHYS 2922
Honors General Physics II (S)
Science Electives
Four Upper-Level (2000+) Science Electives 212-16
Technical Writing
ENG 2696Technical Writing3
Total Credit Hours60-69
(F) - Fall only course
(S) - Spring only course
1

It is recommended that SCTC 1501 or SCTC 1502 be completed before SCTC 4351 or SCTC 4396.

2

The four science electives must be taken from the same department. The departments from which you can choose electives are: Biology, Chemistry, Earth & Environmental Science or Physics. In the circumstance where a laboratory course is the complement of a lecture course, both must be completed to fulfill the requirement for ONE science elective.

Note: A grade of C or higher in CHEM 1031 and CHEM 1032 is required to take BIOL 1111 and BIOL 2112. A grade of C or higher in BIOL 1111 and BIOL 2112 is required to take upper-level Biology courses, and a C- or higher is required unless otherwise specified in all other courses for the major, including course prerequisites.

Calculation of Major GPA

Courses listed under the major requirements for the degree will be included in the calculation of the major GPA. Courses that could not apply toward the major as an elective or required course would not be counted in the calculation of the major GPA. This would include MATH 1022, for example.

Distinction in Major

To graduate with a Distinction in Natural Sciences a student is required to achieve a 3.33 GPA or higher in all of the content area courses in the major.