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  Dec 13, 2017
 
2017-2018 Undergraduate Catalog/Handbook

General Science Minor


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The Chemical and Physical Sciences Department offers a minor program in General Science that could also serve as a model for an area of concentration in “general science” for students majoring in Liberal Studies. To complete this minor students must take one introductory-level course in each of the four subject areas included within the program: biology, chemistry, earth and space sciences (astronomy or geology), and physics, with at least three of those courses including a laboratory component. In addition, a fifth course, which could be a substantially  different introductory-level course in one of the four areas, or could be an upper-level course, is required. The Department recommends that students complete either ASTR 0349 - Integrated Physical Science: Astronomy  or GEOL 0347 - Integrated Physical Science: Geology  as the fifth course. Please note that those courses have prerequisites, including completion of the appropriate introductory-level course in the discipline and one semester each of college-level chemistry and physics. Students interested in this program are encouraged to  consult with a faculty member in the Department about the courses they plan to use for the minor.

Minor Requirements:


Although many substitutions are possible, the courses listed below would satisfy the minor requirements, and would be appropriate for students with a broad interest in the sciences:

Other sample programs that would meet the requirements of the General Science Minor include, but are not limited to:


A minor program appropriate for Computer Science or Mathematics majors:


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