Recommended Academic Plan for Science: General Option (SCIAB/GEN) at Abington

Effective Date Spring 2014

Semester 1

Course DetailsCredits
3
MATH 140 - Calculus with Analytic Geometry I (GQ)Notes for: MATH 140

MATH 140

Requirements for this course
  • * Course requires a grade of 'C' of better.*
  • † Course satisfies General Education and degree requirements.
4
BIOL 110 - Biology: Basic Concepts & Biodiversity (GN)Notes for: BIOL 110

BIOL 110

Requirements for this course
  • * Course requires a grade of 'C' of better.*
  • † Course satisfies General Education and degree requirements.
4
CHEM 110 - Chemical Principles (GN)Notes for: CHEM 110

CHEM 110

Requirements for this course
  • * Course requires a grade of 'C' of better.*
  • † Course satisfies General Education and degree requirements.
3
CHEM 111 - Experimental Chemistry I (GN)Notes for: CHEM 111

CHEM 111

Requirements for this course
  • † Course satisfies General Education and degree requirements.
1
Total credits 15

Semester 2

Course DetailsCredits
MATH 141 - Calculus with Analytic Geometry II (GQ)Notes for: MATH 141

MATH 141

Requirements for this course
  • † Course satisfies General Education and degree requirements.
4
BIOL 240W - Biology: Function & Development of Organisms (GN)Notes for: BIOL 240W

BIOL 240W

*
 It 
is strongly 
recommended 
that you take one of the 200‐level 
biology 
courses 
to use as a 
 prerequisite 
for your 400‐level 
courses 
rather 
than BIOL 129 or BIOL 141/142.

Requirements for this course
  • * Course requires a grade of 'C' of better.*
or Elective
3-4
CHEM 112 - Chemical Principles II (GN)Notes for: CHEM 112

CHEM 112

Requirements for this course
  • * Course requires a grade of 'C' of better.*
  • † Course satisfies General Education and degree requirements.
3
1
General Education
3
Health and Physical Activity (GHA)
1.5
Total credits 15.5-16.5

Semester 3

Course DetailsCredits
BIOL 230W - Biology: Molecules & Cells (GN)Notes for: BIOL 230W

BIOL 230W

*
 It 
is strongly 
recommended 
that you take one of the 200‐level 
biology 
courses 
to use as a 
 prerequisite 
for your 400‐level 
courses 
rather 
than BIOL 129 or BIOL 141/142.

Requirements for this course
  • * Course requires a grade of 'C' of better.*
or BIOL 220W - Biology: Populations and Communities (GN)Notes for: BIOL 220W

BIOL 220W

*
 It 
is strongly 
recommended 
that you take one of the 200‐level 
biology 
courses 
to use as a 
 prerequisite 
for your 400‐level 
courses 
rather 
than BIOL 129 or BIOL 141/142.

or Elective
3-4
Earth and Mineral Science Course
3
3-4
PHYS 250 - Introductory Physics I (GN)Notes for: PHYS 250

PHYS 250

Requirements for this course
  • * Course requires a grade of 'C' of better.*
4
3
Total credits 16-18

Semester 4

Course DetailsCredits
Physical, Mathematical, or Life Science Course
3
Elective
3
4
3
Health and Physical Activity (GHA)
1.5
Total credits 14.5

Semester 5

Course DetailsCredits
Physical, Mathematical, or Life Science Course
3
400-Level Selection
3
Global, Social, and Personal Awareness Notes for: Global, Social, and Personal Awareness

Global, Social, and Personal Awareness

Choose 3 credits from the following courses offered at Penn State Abington: AAA S 103 (US) (SOC 103, WMNST 103) Racism and Sexism ANTH 045 (GS;US;IL) Cultural Anthropology HD FS 129 (GS) Introduction to Human Development and Family Studies HD FS 229 (GS) Infant and Child Development HD FS 239 (GS) Adolescent Development HD FS 249 (GS) Adult Development and Aging HD FS 315 (US) Family Development [pre-req HDSF 129] PSYCH 212 (GS) Introduction to Developmental Psychology [prereq PSYCH 100] RL ST 001 (GH;US;IL) Introduction to World Religions SOC 001 (GS) Introductory Sociology SOC 005 (GS) Social Problems
3
General Education
3
Elective
3
Total credits 15

Semester 6

Course DetailsCredits
General Education
3-4
General Education
3
400-Level ScienceNotes for: 400-Level Science

400-Level Science

Requirements for this course
  • * Course requires a grade of 'C' of better.*
3
Teamwork and Interpersonal CommunicationNotes for: Teamwork and Interpersonal Communication

Teamwork and Interpersonal Communication

Choose 3 credits from the following courses offered at Penn State Abington: CAS 203 (GS) Interpersonal Communication CAS 271 (US;IL) Intercultural Communication PSYCH 221 (GS) Social Psychology [prereq PSYCH 100]
3
Elective
3
Total credits 15-16

Semester 7

Course DetailsCredits
400-Level ScienceNotes for: 400-Level Science

400-Level Science

Requirements for this course
  • * Course requires a grade of 'C' of better.*
3
400-Level Selection
3
General Education
3
General Education
3
Elective
3
Total credits 15

Semester 8

Course DetailsCredits
Physical, Mathematical, or Life Science Course
3
400-Level ScienceNotes for: 400-Level Science

400-Level Science

Requirements for this course
  • * Course requires a grade of 'C' of better.*
3
General Education
3
Elective
3
Elective
3
Total credits 15

Additional Notes

  • GWS, GHA, GQ, GN, GA, GH, and GS are codes used to identify General Education requirements.
  • US, IL, and US;IL are codes used to designate courses that satisfy University United States/International Cultures requirements.
  • W is the code used to designate courses that satisfy University Writing Across the Curriculum requirements.

Related Academic Plans

Science: Life Sciences Option (SCIAB/LIFE)

Disallowed Courses

Students may select free elective courses from nearly the entire range of the University’s offerings. However, the following courses may NOT be used to satisfy degree requirements in the Science major, regardless of option, not even as free electives.

BIOL 011**, 012**, 055
BISC 001, 002, 003**, 004**
BMB 001**
CAS 126
CHEM 001, 003, 101, 108
CMPSC 001, 100, 110
ENGL 004, 005
LL ED 005, 010
MATH 001, 002, 003, 004, 017, 018, 021, 022, 026,
030, 035, 036, 040, 081, 082, 083, 110, 111, 200
MICRB 106, 107, 120, 121A, 121B, 150 151A, 151B, 151C,
151D, 151E, 151F, 151W
PH SC 007
PHYS 001, 150, 151
STAT 100
 

In addition, the following types of courses may NOT be used to satisfy degree requirements in the Biology major:

  • Courses intended for students in associate degree programs.

  • Courses which are remedial in nature or which focus on reading improvement or study skills.

  • NOTE: Only 3 credits of CHEM 017 and only 4 credits of MATH 140A may be used to satisfy degree requirements.

  • Courses which substantially duplicate the subject matter covered in other completed courses taught at a comparable level.

  • No more than 6 credits of ROTC and 12 credits of Independent Study (296, 496) may be used to satisfy degree
    requirements. Unless special permission is granted, Independent Study credit may only be used in the “Free Electives” and “Any 400-level Course Work” categories.
  • No more than 5 credits of KINES may be used to satisfy degree requirements. NOTE: KINES Health Courses (KINES 180, etc.) are not limited to five credits
  • * On rare occasions, with adequate justification, a student may be permitted to use one or more of these courses to satisfy degree requirements. A petition must be submitted to request such an exception and will be considered on a case-by-case basis.

 

Writing Across the Curriculum Requirement

Three credits of “W” are required. For majors in Science, this requirement can be met by taking BIOL 220W, 230W and 240W, each carrying one credit of “W.” A second option is to take a 3-credit W course in another discipline.

US Cultures and International Cultures Requirement

Select both United States Cultures and International Culture courses carefully.

You may be able to select a course which will also satisfy the general education requirements in Arts, Humanities, or Social and Behavioral Sciences. To clarify, from the Undergraduate Advising Handbook, “A student must complete 3 credits in US and 3 credits in IL. If a student takes a 3-credit course that is both US and IL, he/she must take another 3-credit course that is US, IL, or both US and IL to complete the requirement. Education abroad courses and other credit-bearing experiences such as internships that meet this requirement will be designated as US, IL, or both US and IL.”

Petition for Course Subsitutions or Waivers of Requirements

Petition forms are available from your academic advisor or in the Academic Affairs Office (119 Sutherland).

Course Scheduling Patterns

B M B 211: Spring 2016, Spring 2018, Spring 2020

B M B 400: Fall 2014, Fall 2016, Fall 2018, Fall 2020

B M B 401: Fall 2014, Fall 2015, Fall 2016, Fall 2017, Fall 2018

B M B 402:  Spring 2015, Spring 2016, Spring 2017, Spring 2018

BIOL 110:  Fall 2014, Spring 2015, Summer 2015, Fall 2015,  Spring 2016, Summer 2016, Fall 2016,  Spring 2017, Summer 2017, Fall 2017, Spring 2018, Summer 2018, Fall 2018,

BIOL 220W: Fall 2014, Fall 2015, Fall 2016, Fall 2017, Fall 2018

BIOL 230W: Fall 2014, Summer 2015, Fall 2015,  Summer 2016, Fall 2016, Summer 2017, Fall 2017, Summer 2018, Fall 2018

BIOL 240W: Spring 2015, Spring 2016, Spring 2017, Spring 2018

BIOL 409: Fall 2014, Fall 2016, Fall 2018

BIOL 416: Fall 2014, Fall 2016, Fall 2018

BIOL 422: Spring 2015, Spring 2017, Spring 2019

BIOL 427: Spring 2015, Spring 2017, Spring 2019

BIOL 429: Spring 2016,  Spring 2018, Spring 2020

BIOL 430: Spring 2015, Spring 2017, Spring 2019

BIOL 437: Spring 2016,  Spring 2018, Spring 2020

BIOL 439: Spring 2015, Spring 2017, Spring 2019

BIOL 443: Spring 2016,  Spring 2018, Spring 2020

BIOL 460: Fall 2015, Fall 2017, Fall 2019

BIOL 469: Spring 2015, Spring 2017, Spring 2019

BIOL 472: Fall 2014, Fall 2015, Fall 2016, Fall 2017, Fall 2018

BIOL 473: Fall 2014, Fall 2015, Fall 2016, Fall 2017, Fall 2018

BIOL 479: Spring 2015, Spring 2017, Spring 2019

MICRB 201: Spring 2015, Spring 2017, Spring 2019

MICRB 202: Spring 2015, Spring 2017, Spring 2019

MICRB 410: Spring 2015, Spring 2017, Spring 2019

MICRB 415: Fall 2014, Fall 2016, Fall 2018

PHYS 462: Fall 2017, Fall 2019, Fall 2021

WFS 407: Spring 2015, Spring 2017, Spring 2019

WFS 447W: Fall 2014, Fall 2016, Fall 2018

† These are the typical semesters during which these courses are offered. However, this schedule is subject to change without notice and is for planning purposes only. It does NOT constitute a commitment on the part of the college that the courses will absolutely be offered during the listed semesters.

Prerequisites for Biology Courses

B M B 211 Elementary BiochemistryChem 110 and Chem 210

B M B 400 Molecular Biology of the Gene: BIOL 230W

B M B 401 Biochemistry I: CHEM 212 and BIOL 230W

B M B 402 Biochemistry II: B M B 401

BIOL 110 Biology Basic Concepts: None

BIOL 220W Populations and Communities: BIOL 110

BIOL 230W Molecules and Cells: BIOL 110 and CHEM 110

BIOL 240W Function and Development of Organisms: BIOL 110 and CHEM 110

BIOL 409 Biology of Aging: 6 credits in biology

BIOL 416 Biology of Cancer: BIOL 230W

BIOL 421 Comparative Anatomy of Vertebrates: BIOL 240W

BIOL 422 Advanced Genetics: BIOL 230W

BIOL 427 Evolution: BIOL 220W and BIOL 230W

BIOL 429 Animal Behavior: BIOL 220W

BIOL 430 Developmental Biology: BIOL 230W

BIOL 437 Histology: BIOL 230W

BIOL 439 Practical Bioinformatics: BIOL 230W

BIOL 443 Evo-Devo: Evolution of Developmental Mechanisms: BIOL 230W or BIOL 240W

BIOL 460 Human Genetics: BIOL 230W

BIOL 469 Neurobiology: BIOL 240W

BIOL 472 Mammalian Physiology: BIOL 240W

BIOL 473 Laboratory in Mammalian Physiology: BIOL 240W and BIOL 472 (co- or prereq.)

BIOL 479 General Endocrinology: BIOL 240W

MICRB 201 Introductory Microbiology: CHEM 110

MICRB 202 Introductory Microbiology Laboratory: CHEM 110 and MICRB 201 (co- or prereq.)

MICRB 410 Principles of Immunology: BIOL 230W or MICRB 201

MICRB 415 General Virology: BIOL 230W or MICRB 201

WFS 407 Ornithology: BIOL 220W

WFS 447W Wildlife Management: BIOL 220W

     

Legend

# Course is an Entrance-to-Major requirement.
* Course requires a grade of 'C' or better.
† Course satisfies General Education and degree requirements.

Footnotes

BIOL 240W
*
 It 
is strongly 
recommended 
that you take one of the 200‐level 
biology 
courses 
to use as a 
 prerequisite 
for your 400‐level 
courses 
rather 
than BIOL 129 or BIOL 141/142.

BIOL 230W
*
 It 
is strongly 
recommended 
that you take one of the 200‐level 
biology 
courses 
to use as a 
 prerequisite 
for your 400‐level 
courses 
rather 
than BIOL 129 or BIOL 141/142.

BIOL 220W
*
 It 
is strongly 
recommended 
that you take one of the 200‐level 
biology 
courses 
to use as a 
 prerequisite 
for your 400‐level 
courses 
rather 
than BIOL 129 or BIOL 141/142.

Global, Social, and Personal Awareness
Choose 3 credits from the following courses offered at Penn State Abington: AAA S 103 (US) (SOC 103, WMNST 103) Racism and Sexism ANTH 045 (GS;US;IL) Cultural Anthropology HD FS 129 (GS) Introduction to Human Development and Family Studies HD FS 229 (GS) Infant and Child Development HD FS 239 (GS) Adolescent Development HD FS 249 (GS) Adult Development and Aging HD FS 315 (US) Family Development [pre-req HDSF 129] PSYCH 212 (GS) Introduction to Developmental Psychology [prereq PSYCH 100] RL ST 001 (GH;US;IL) Introduction to World Religions SOC 001 (GS) Introductory Sociology SOC 005 (GS) Social Problems
Teamwork and Interpersonal Communication
Choose 3 credits from the following courses offered at Penn State Abington: CAS 203 (GS) Interpersonal Communication CAS 271 (US;IL) Intercultural Communication PSYCH 221 (GS) Social Psychology [prereq PSYCH 100]