Science (SCICA)/General Science Option (GEN) - Recommended Academic Plan

Effective Date Fall 2012

Semester 1

Course DetailsCredits
ENGL 015 - Rhetoric & Composition (GWS)

ENGL 015 - Rhetoric & Composition (GWS)

3.0
MATH 140 - Calculus With Analytic Geometry I (GQ)Notes for: MATH 140 - Calculus With Analytic Geometry I (GQ)

MATH 140 - Calculus With Analytic Geometry I (GQ)

Requirements for this course
  • * Course requires a grade of 'C' of better.*
  • † Course satisfies General Education and degree requirements.
4.0
BIOL 110 - Basic Concepts and Biodiversity (GN)Notes for: BIOL 110 - Basic Concepts and Biodiversity (GN)

BIOL 110 - Basic Concepts and Biodiversity (GN)

Requirements for this course
  • * Course requires a grade of 'C' of better.*
  • † Course satisfies General Education and degree requirements.
4.0
CHEM 110 - Chemical Principles I (GN)Notes for: CHEM 110 - Chemical Principles I (GN)

CHEM 110 - Chemical Principles I (GN)

Requirements for this course
  • * Course requires a grade of 'C' of better.*
  • † Course satisfies General Education and degree requirements.
3.0
Supporting/Elective Course
or Health and Physical Activity (GHA)

Health and Physical Activity (GHA)

1.0-1.5
Total credits 15.0-15.5

Semester 2

Course DetailsCredits
Arts (GA)

Arts (GA)

or Humanities (GH)

Humanities (GH)

or Social and Behavioral Science (GS)

Social and Behavioral Science (GS)

3.0
MATH 141 - Calculas with Analytic Geometry II (GQ)Notes for: MATH 141 - Calculas with Analytic Geometry II (GQ)

MATH 141 - Calculas with Analytic Geometry II (GQ)

Requirements for this course
  • † Course satisfies General Education and degree requirements.
4.0
Life Sciences Approved CoursesNotes for: Life Sciences Approved Courses

Life Sciences Approved Courses

Life Sciences approved course selection: BIOL 220W - Biology: Populations and Communities (GN) (4); BIOL 230W - Biology: Molecules and Cells (GN) (4); BIOL 240W - Biology: Function and Development of Organisms (GN) (4); BIOL 129 - Mammalian Anatomy (GN) (4); or BIOL 141 - Introductory Physiology (GN) (3) / BIOl 142 - Physiology Laboratory (1);
4.0
CHEM 112 - Chemical Principles II (GN)Notes for: CHEM 112 - Chemical Principles II (GN)

CHEM 112 - Chemical Principles II (GN)

Requirements for this course
  • † Course satisfies General Education and degree requirements.
3.0
CHEM 111 - Experimental Chemistry I (GN)Notes for: CHEM 111 - Experimental Chemistry I (GN)

CHEM 111 - Experimental Chemistry I (GN)

Requirements for this course
  • † Course satisfies General Education and degree requirements.
1.0
Supporting/Elective Course

Supporting/Elective Course

or Health and Physical Activity (GHA)

Health and Physical Activity (GHA)

1.0-1.5
Total credits 16.0-16.5

Semester 3

Course DetailsCredits
CHEM 113 - Experimental Chemistry II (GN)Notes for: CHEM 113 - Experimental Chemistry II (GN)

CHEM 113 - Experimental Chemistry II (GN)

Requirements for this course
  • † Course satisfies General Education and degree requirements.
1.0
Life, Mathematical, or Physical Science courseNotes for: Life, Mathematical, or Physical Science course

Life, Mathematical, or Physical Science course

Life Science: B M B, BIOL, BIOTC, MICRB; Mathematical Science: CMPSC, MATH, STAT; Physical Science: ASTRO, CHEM, PHYS
3.0-4.0
Life, Mathematical, or Physical Science courseNotes for: Life, Mathematical, or Physical Science course

Life, Mathematical, or Physical Science course

Life Science: B M B, BIOL, BIOTC, MICRB; Mathematical Science: CMPSC, MATH, STAT; Physical Science: ASTRO, CHEM, PHYS
3.0-4.0
Arts (GA)

Arts (GA)

or Humanities (GH)

Humanities (GH)

or Social and Behavioral Sciences (GS)

Social and Behavioral Sciences (GS)

3.0
CAS 100 - Effective Speech (GWS)

CAS 100 - Effective Speech (GWS)

3.0
Supporting/Elective Course

Supporting/Elective Course

3.0
Total credits 16.0-18.0

Semester 4

Course DetailsCredits
Life, Mathematical, or Physical Science courseNotes for: Life, Mathematical, or Physical Science course

Life, Mathematical, or Physical Science course

Life Science: B M B, BIOL, BIOTC, MICRB; Mathematical Science: CMPSC, MATH, STAT; Physical Science: ASTRO, CHEM, PHYS
3.0-4.0
PHYS 250 - Introductory Physics I (GN)Notes for: PHYS 250 - Introductory Physics I (GN)

PHYS 250 - Introductory Physics I (GN)

Requirements for this course
  • * Course requires a grade of 'C' of better.*
  • † Course satisfies General Education and degree requirements.
or PHYS 211 - General Physics: Mechanics (GN)Notes for: PHYS 211 - General Physics: Mechanics (GN)

PHYS 211 - General Physics: Mechanics (GN)

Requirements for this course
  • * Course requires a grade of 'C' of better.*
  • † Course satisfies General Education and degree requirements.
4.0
Arts (GA)

Arts (GA)

or Humanities (GH)

Humanities (GH)

or Social and Behavioral Sciences (GS)

Social and Behavioral Sciences (GS)

3.0
Earth and Mineral Science courseNotes for: Earth and Mineral Science course

Earth and Mineral Science course

Earth and Mineral Science (EMS) courses are offered by the College of EMS, such as METEO, MATSCE, EM SC, EGEE, EARTH, GEOG, GEOSC, etc. http://www.ems.psu.edu/
3.0
Global, Social, and Personal Awareness course (from approved, List 2)

Global, Social, and Personal Awareness course (from approved, List 2)

3.0
Total credits 16.0-17.0

Semester 5

Course DetailsCredits
PHYS 251 - Introductory Physics II (GN)Notes for: PHYS 251 - Introductory Physics II (GN)

PHYS 251 - Introductory Physics II (GN)

Requirements for this course
  • † Course satisfies General Education and degree requirements.
or PHYS 212 - General Physics: Electricity and Magnetism (GN)Notes for: PHYS 212 - General Physics: Electricity and Magnetism (GN)

PHYS 212 - General Physics: Electricity and Magnetism (GN)

Requirements for this course
  • † Course satisfies General Education and degree requirements.
4.0
STAT 200 - Elementary Statistics (GQ)Notes for: STAT 200 - Elementary Statistics (GQ)

STAT 200 - Elementary Statistics (GQ)

Requirements for this course
  • † Course satisfies General Education and degree requirements.
or STAT 250 - Introduction to Biostatistics (GQ)Notes for: STAT 250 - Introduction to Biostatistics (GQ)

STAT 250 - Introduction to Biostatistics (GQ)

Requirements for this course
  • † Course satisfies General Education and degree requirements.
or STAT 201 - Statistical Analysis I (GQ)Notes for: STAT 201 - Statistical Analysis I (GQ)

STAT 201 - Statistical Analysis I (GQ)

Requirements for this course
  • † Course satisfies General Education and degree requirements.
or STAT 401 - Experimental Methods

STAT 401 - Experimental Methods

3.0-4.0
Arts (GA)

Arts (GA)

or Humanities (GH)

Humanities (GH)

or Social and Behavioral Sciences (GS)

Social and Behavioral Sciences (GS)

3.0
Teamwork and Interpersonal Communications course (from approved, List 1)

Teamwork and Interpersonal Communications course (from approved, List 1)

3.0
Supporting/Elective Course

Supporting/Elective Course

3.0
Total credits 16.0-17.0

Semester 6

Course DetailsCredits
PHYS 213 - General Physics: Fluids and Thermal Physics (GN)Notes for: PHYS 213 - General Physics: Fluids and Thermal Physics (GN)

PHYS 213 - General Physics: Fluids and Thermal Physics (GN)

Requirements for this course
  • † Course satisfies General Education and degree requirements.
or PHYS 214 - General Physics: Wave Motion and Quantum Physics (GN)Notes for: PHYS 214 - General Physics: Wave Motion and Quantum Physics (GN)

PHYS 214 - General Physics: Wave Motion and Quantum Physics (GN)

(only for PHYS 211 and PHYS 212 series) or Supporting/Elective Course
Requirements for this course
  • † Course satisfies General Education and degree requirements.
3.0-4.0
400-Level Life, Mathematical, or Physical Science courseNotes for: 400-Level Life, Mathematical, or Physical Science course

400-Level Life, Mathematical, or Physical Science course

Life Science: B M B, BIOL, BIOTC, MICRB; Mathematical Science: CMPSC, MATH, STAT; Physical Science: ASTRO, CHEM, PHYS
Requirements for this course
  • * Course requires a grade of 'C' of better.*
3.0-4.0
ENGL 202A - Effective Writing: Writing in the Social Sciences (GWS)

ENGL 202A - Effective Writing: Writing in the Social Sciences (GWS)

or ENGL 202B - Effective Writing: Writing in the Humanities (GWS)

ENGL 202B - Effective Writing: Writing in the Humanities (GWS)

or ENGL 202C - Effective Writing: Technical Writing (GWS)

ENGL 202C - Effective Writing: Technical Writing (GWS)

or ENGL 202D - Effective Writing: Business Writing (GWS)

ENGL 202D - Effective Writing: Business Writing (GWS)

3.0
Arts (GA)

Arts (GA)

or Humanities (GH)

Humanities (GH)

or Social and Behavioral Sciences (GS)

Social and Behavioral Sciences (GS)

3.0
Supporting/Elective Course

Supporting/Elective Course

3.0
Total credits 15.0-17.0

Semester 7

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

400-Level Life, Mathematical, or Physical Science Course

Life Science: B M B, BIOL, BIOTC, MICRB; Mathematical Science: CMPSC, MATH, STAT; Physical Science: ASTRO, CHEM, PHYS
Requirements for this course
  • * Course requires a grade of 'C' of better.*
3.0-4.0
400 Level Supporting/Elective Course

400 Level Supporting/Elective Course

3.0
Arts (GA)

Arts (GA)

or Humanities (GH)

Humanities (GH)

or Social and Behavioral Sciences (GS)

Social and Behavioral Sciences (GS)

3.0
Supporting/Elective Course
or Health and Physical Activity (GHA)

Health and Physical Activity (GHA)

1.5
Supporting/Elective Course

Supporting/Elective Course

3.0
Supporting/Elective Course

Supporting/Elective Course

3.0
Total credits 16.5-17.5

Semester 8

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

400-Level Life, Mathematical, or Physical Science Course

Life Science: B M B, BIOL, BIOTC, MICRB; Mathematical Science: CMPSC, MATH, STAT; Physical Science: ASTRO, CHEM, PHYS
Requirements for this course
  • * Course requires a grade of 'C' of better.*
3.0-4.0
400-Level Supporting/Elective Course
3.0
Supporting/Elective Course

Supporting/Elective Course

or Health and Physical Activity (GHA)

Health and Physical Activity (GHA)

3.0
Supporting/Elective Course

Supporting/Elective Course

3.0
Supporting/Elective Course

Supporting/Elective Course

3.0
Total credits 15.0-16.0

Additional Notes

Advising Notes

  • GWS, GQ, GA, GH, GS, GN and GHA 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. All students are required to take one IL and one US course before graduation. A course designated as US;IL may be used as a US or an IL, not both.
  • W suffix signifies the course satisfies the University Writing Across the Curriculum requirement.

Program Notes

  • This outline is only a suggested recommended academic plan. There is considerable room for adjusting the necessary courses to fit your individual needs and goals. For example, a student may take CHEM 110 along with CHEM 111 during semester 1, in which case the student may then take CHEM 112 along with CHEM 113 during semester 2. Another example, a student could choose to take foreign language courses during other/earlier semesters, such as semester 1 and 2. Remember, most students only have to average about 16 credits per semester to graduate in four academic years (or eight semesters). The Science major requires a total of 124 credits.
  • Do not overlook the opportunity for Independent Study/Research credit, Cooperative Education, or Study Abroad Opportunities.
  • For the various supporting/elective courses each student is required to complete for the major, one should consider completing a sequence of courses from the same department/program as opposed to completing all introductory courses from many different departments/programs. Student can even consider completing a minor in another academic discipline with the various supporting/elective courses and any 400 level course work needed.
  • For additional information such as the Teamwork and Interpersonal Communications approved course list (List 1), Global, Social, and Personal Awareness approved course list (List 2), Supporting/Elective Program List and other FAQs please visit the following Web site.www.science.psu.edu/sciencebs
  • Students must complete a 3-credit course in “United States Cultures (US)” and a 3-credit course in “International Cultures (IL).”

Legend

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

Footnotes

Life Sciences Approved Courses
Life Sciences approved course selection: BIOL 220W - Biology: Populations and Communities (GN) (4); BIOL 230W - Biology: Molecules and Cells (GN) (4); BIOL 240W - Biology: Function and Development of Organisms (GN) (4); BIOL 129 - Mammalian Anatomy (GN) (4); or BIOL 141 - Introductory Physiology (GN) (3) / BIOl 142 - Physiology Laboratory (1);
Life, Mathematical, or Physical Science course
Life Science: B M B, BIOL, BIOTC, MICRB; Mathematical Science: CMPSC, MATH, STAT; Physical Science: ASTRO, CHEM, PHYS
Life, Mathematical, or Physical Science course
Life Science: B M B, BIOL, BIOTC, MICRB; Mathematical Science: CMPSC, MATH, STAT; Physical Science: ASTRO, CHEM, PHYS
Life, Mathematical, or Physical Science course
Life Science: B M B, BIOL, BIOTC, MICRB; Mathematical Science: CMPSC, MATH, STAT; Physical Science: ASTRO, CHEM, PHYS
Earth and Mineral Science course
Earth and Mineral Science (EMS) courses are offered by the College of EMS, such as METEO, MATSCE, EM SC, EGEE, EARTH, GEOG, GEOSC, etc. http://www.ems.psu.edu/
PHYS 214 - General Physics: Wave Motion and Quantum Physics (GN)
(only for PHYS 211 and PHYS 212 series) or Supporting/Elective Course
400-Level Life, Mathematical, or Physical Science course
Life Science: B M B, BIOL, BIOTC, MICRB; Mathematical Science: CMPSC, MATH, STAT; Physical Science: ASTRO, CHEM, PHYS
400-Level Life, Mathematical, or Physical Science Course
Life Science: B M B, BIOL, BIOTC, MICRB; Mathematical Science: CMPSC, MATH, STAT; Physical Science: ASTRO, CHEM, PHYS
400-Level Life, Mathematical, or Physical Science Course
Life Science: B M B, BIOL, BIOTC, MICRB; Mathematical Science: CMPSC, MATH, STAT; Physical Science: ASTRO, CHEM, PHYS