General Science B.Sc.

General Science Degree

This program provides a comprehensive undergraduate science education with the opportunity for concentration in two or three of the following eight subject areas: Biochemistry, Biology, Chemistry, Earth and Environmental Sciences (including certain courses in Geography), Economics1, Mathematical Sciences (including courses in Computer Science, Mathematics, Statistics, and Data Science), Physics and Psychology2.

The General Science B.Sc. degree is appropriate for students planning to continue study in professional areas such as post-secondary education, business administration, dentistry, law, medicine, or veterinary medicine. In particular, this program provides excellent preparation for prospective secondary school teachers. It is not generally intended for students planning to continue to graduate studies in science; however, with careful planning and high academic achievement, it is possible to enter a science graduate program, although additional qualifying studies may be required at some universities. To qualify for the General Science B.Sc. degree, students must meet all of the graduation requirements and the requirements for first and second year. To satisfy the requirement of at least 36 credits from Science courses numbered 300 and above, students must select one of the following two options within the General Science degree program:

Option A (Two Areas of Concentration)
Students are required to complete at least 18 credits of Science courses numbered 300 or higher in each of any two of the subject areas listed above.

Option B (Three Areas of Concentration)
Students are required to complete at least 36 credits from Science courses numbered 300 or higher. Included in this minimum of 36 credits, at least 18 credits must be in one subject listed above, at least 6 credits must be in a second area, and at least 6 credits must be in a third area.

Courses selected for either option must be acceptable for a B.Sc. major program in the specific subject areas. Students who successfully complete the B.Sc. General Science program will have the subject areas recorded on their transcript.

1 For students completing the B.Sc. Major in Economics program or the B.Sc. General Science program with one of their concentrations in Economics, courses in Economics (ECON) are considered Science courses for Science credit. For all other B.Sc. students, Economics courses count as Arts credit.

2 Only Psychology courses counting as Science credit can be used for the purpose of the General Degree

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