The Science major is intended for students with a general intellectual interest in natural sciences who do not wish to specialize or to go on to graduate work in a specific area of science. It can provide a valuable broad science background to an administrative position in science-related industries or law, or to a career as a science writer or illustrator. It is especially appropriate for students who intend to teach general science at the middle school level, or for those who want to pair a degree in Science with a program in Education to teach at the elementary school level. The Science major is not designed for students who wish to do graduate work in a specific area of science (for which a traditional departmental major would be appropriate), but is a very good choice as a second major or a second degree for students whose primary major or degree is outside the College of Natural Sciences, such as journalism, or as preparation for teaching certification.
Each student is advised by the Science major adviser in the CNS advising office (220 Morrill II) in consultation with the Chief Undergraduate Advisor in the student’s concentration. The Science major adviser will be responsible for academic advising, approval of the program, and certification of completion of graduation requirements.
A. Foundation Requirement (9 courses):
General Chemistry: One of the following two-course sequences:
Earth/Planetary Science: One of the following courses:
Mathematics, Statistics, Computer Science: One of the following two-course sequences:
Physics: Two-course introductory physics sequence with accompanying laboratories chosen from:
B. Concentration Requirement
C. Additional Courses
Notes and Restrictions
1. No course taken to satisfy the requirements of the major may be taken on a Pass/Fail basis. Colloquia and seminars that are offered as mandatory Pass/Fail may not be applied to the requirements of the major.
2. Science majors must maintain at least a C average in the courses used to satisfy major requirements.
3. Although the Science major might usefully be part of a double major degree, the second major must be outside the College of Natural Sciences.