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DEPARTMENT OF SCIENCE

All degrees require the completion of the general education curriculum, supplemental requirements and if necessary additional electives or coursework to total 120 or more hours.

Degrees

Bachelor of Arts
Bachelor of Science

Majors

Biology
Chemistry
Environmental Science
Environmental Studies
Natural Science (Comprehensive)
Physical Science
Physical Science (Comprehensive)
Physical Science Studies
Physics

Minors

Biology
Chemistry
Environmental Studies
Physical Science
Physics

BIOLOGY

The B.S. or B.A. Degree in Biology is designed to enable the student to pursue an in-depth study of science in the area of biology. Upon graduation the student may pursue additional studies in biological sciences, medical professions, environmental science, and other areas. 

Biology (B.A.)

Biology courses chosen in consultation with advisor to include at least nine hours of upper-level (300 and 400 level) biology courses; may include Chem 345 Biochemistry.                      

Total Hours: 36

Biology (B.S.)                                                 

Biology Core (38 hrs)

Biology Emphasis (25-27 hrs)

Choose one emphasis below:

Cellular and Molecular Biology Emphasis (26 hrs)

  • Bio 344 Human Anat. & Physiology II 4                              
  • Bio 319 Cell and Molecular Biology  3
  • Bio 351 General Microbiology 4
  • Bio 489 Immunology 3
  • Chem 345 Introductory Biochemistry 2
  • Additional Electives 8

Organismal Biology Emphasis (25 hours)

  • Bio 224 Invertebrate Zoology 3 
  • Bio 225 Vertebrate Zoology 3
  • Bio 317 Ecology & Field Biology 3
  • Bio 345 Midwest Floral I.D. 3
  • One Biology Study Tour (Bio 36_) 3
  • Biology Electives* 10

*may include Chem 345

Forensic Science Emphasis (25 hours)

  • Bio 230 Intro to Forensic Science 3
  • Bio 231 Intro Forensic Science Lab 1
  • Bio 330 Advanced Forensic Science 3 
  • Chem 116 Gen. Inorganic & Qualitative Analysis 4
  • Chem 325 Quantitative Analytical Chemistry 4
  • Soc 321 Criminology 3
  • Additional electives* 7

*May include: Bio 317, 319, 345, 351; Chem 313, 331, 345; Geog 361

Environmental Biology Emphasis (26 hours)

  • Bio 317 Ecology & Field Biology 3
  • Bio 351 General Microbiology 4
  • Chem 116 Gen. Inorganic & Qualitative Analysis 4
  • Chem 325 Quantitative Analytical Chemistry 4
  • Chem 331 Organic Chemistry II 4
  • Additional Electives* 7

*may include Chem 345

Conservation Biology Emphasis (27 hours)

  • Bio 317 Ecology & Field Biology 3
  • Bio 345 Midwest Floral I.D. 3
  • Bio 377 Conservation Biology 3
  • One Biology Study Tour (Bio 36_)  3
  • Sci 315 Environmental Science 3
  • Supporting Courses* 12

*CS 121 (or higher level), CTA 211, Econ 101, 102, Eng 221, Geog 202, 361PS 111, Soc 221, Bus 300. Take a minimum of 12 hours from these courses which also may fulfill general education requirements.

General Biology Emphasis (26 hours)

  • Electives from Biology* 26   

*May include Chem 116, 325, 331, 345). Student and advisor choose electives.

Total Hours: 63-65

Biology (Minor)

  • Bio 110 Principles of Biology  4
  • 15 Hours of Biology courses above 112 15

OR                                                     

  • Bio 111 General Biology I 4
  • Bio 112 General Biology II  4
  • 11 Hours of Biology courses above 112 11

Total Hours: 19

CHEMISTRY

The goal of the chemistry program is to educate and train chemists for work in industry, business, law, academia and the health professions. Upon graduation, the student with a baccalaureate degree in chemistry may pursue employment in a research, synthetic, or quality control chemistry laboratory in academia, industry or government. The student may also pursue graduate or professional studies in any area of chemistry, the physical sciences, or the biomedical sciences.       

The curriculum leading to a bachelor of science in chemistry is designed to provide an in-depth study of the field of chemistry. This program is particularly suited for those individuals who wish to pursue graduate work in the chemical, physical or the biochemical sciences.

The curriculum leading to the bachelor of arts degree is designed to provide more electivity in the major and is particularly suited for individuals who wish to have a second major (such as biology) and/or attend medical school, law school, pharmacy school or any other professional school upon completing their chemistry degree.

Chemistry (B.A.)                                                                                  

Chemistry Core (28 hrs)

Chem 313 Adv. Inorganic Chemistry (3)
Chem 325 Quantitative Analytical Chemistry (4)
Chem 331 Organic Chemistry (4)
Chem 345 Introductory Biochemistry (4)
Chem 354 Physical Chemistry II (3)
Chem 356 Physical Chemistry Lab II (1)
Phys 112 General Physics II (4)
Phys 211 General Physics I: Calculus Topics (1)
Phys 212 General Physics II: Calculus Topics (1)       

Total Hours: 44

Chemistry (B.S.)                                                                               

Chemistry Core (28 hrs) – See B.A.  

Chemistry (31-32 hrs)

  • Chem 313 Advanced Inorganic Chemistry 3
  • Chem 325 Quantitative Analytical Chemistry 4
  • Chem 331 Organic Chemistry II 4
  • Chem 345 Introductory Biochemistry 4
  • Chem 354 Physical Chemistry II 3
  • Chem 356 Physical Chemistry Lab II 1
  • Phys 112 General Physics II 4
  • Phys 211 Gen. Physics I Calculus Topics 1
  • Phys 212 Gen. Physics II Calculus Topics 1
  • Electives from: (6-7 hrs)

Bio 208 General Genetics (4)
CS 131 Computer Programming I (3)
Chem 399 Chemistry/Biochemistry Internship (3)
Math 122 Introduction to Statistics (3)
Math 284 Calculus III (4)
Math 333 Linear Algebra (3)
Math 384 Differential Equations (3)

Total Hours: 59-60

Chemistry (Minor) 

  • Chem 115 General Chemistry 4
  • Chem 116 General Inorganic & Qualitative Analysis 4              
  • Chem 231 Organic Chemistry I 4
  • 300-level Chemistry courses 6-8

Total Hours: 18-20   

ENVIRONMENTAL SCIENCE/STUDIES

The environmental science program is designed to equip students with the knowledge and skills for careers or continuing education in environmental science fields. The program is intentionally diverse, providing students with an understanding of the economic, social, scientific, and political factors influencing environmental decision making. The purpose is to produce students with the breadth of knowledge and skills to pursue a variety of careers in environmental science. The curriculum leading to a Bachelor of Arts degree in Environmental Science includes a set of core courses plus one of four emphases while the Bachelor of Arts in Environmental Studies includes only the core courses.  

Environmental Science (B.A.)  

Core Requirements (49 hrs)

Emphasis-Choose One (18-20 hrs)    

Biology/Natural Resources Emphasis

  • Select from: 19-20

Bio 111 General Biology (4)
Bio 224 Invertebrate Zoology (3)
Bio 225 Vertebrate Zoology (3)
Bio 345 Midwest Floral Identification (3)
Bio 351 General Microbiology (4)
Bio/ESci 36X Ecology/Nat. Hist. Study Tours (3-6)
Bio/ESci 377 Conservation Biology (3)
Bio 399 Research in Biology (1-3)
Geog/ESci 461 Adv. Geographic Info . Systems (3)

Chemistry Emphasis

  • Chem 116 General Inorganic/Qual. Analysis 4
  • Chem 231 Organic Chemistry 4
  • Select remaining hours from: 11-12

Chem 313 Advanced Inorganic Chemistry (3)
Chem 325 Quantitative Analytical Chemistry (4)
Chem 331 Organic Chemistry II (4)
Chem 345 Introductory Biochemistry (4)

Geography Emphasis

  • Select from: 18

Geog 311 Geography of North America (3)
Geog/ESci 291 Geog. of Sports & Outdoor Rec. (3)
Geog/ESci 320 Resource Manag. Nation. Parks (3)
Geog 381 Meteorology and  Oceanography (3)
Geog 391 Urban Geography (3)
Geog/ESci 461 Adv. Geographic Info . Systems (3)
Geog 490 Capstone Seminar (3)

Business Emphasis

Total Hours: 67-69

Environmental Studies (B.A.)

Total Hours: 50-52

Environmental Studies (Minor) 

Total Hours: 28

PHYSICAL/NATURAL SCIENCES

The physical and natural science majors are designed to enable students to pursue careers or further study in areas combining physics, chemistry, and/or biology. These majors are particularly suited for students interested in moving into interdisciplinary scientific fields, such as astronomy or meteorology, or into science-related fields such as science writing or patent law. The program provides students with a strong foundation in the conceptual and technical aspects of the sciences, with an emphasis on the connections and relationships among chemistry, physics, and biology. Students in the program have the option to earn a B.A. major in physical science studies, a comprehensive B.A. in physical or natural  science, or a B.S. in physical science. The B.A. majors are excellent preparation for entry into careers in science-related fields, while the B.S. major provides the more rigorous treatment and mathematical depth appropriate for a career or graduate study in an interdisciplinary scientific discipline. Options available to the student in the B.S. program involve a choice of increased work with advanced laboratory experiments and techniques, a stronger emphasis on chemistry, or a stronger emphasis on physics.

Natural Science-Comprehensive (B.A.)

  • Bio 111 General Biology I 4
  • Bio 112 General Biology II 4
  • Seven hours of electives from: 7

Bio 208 General Genetics (4)
Bio 317 Ecology and Field Biology (3)
Bio 343 Human Anatomy & Physiology I (4)
Bio 351 General Microbiology (4)               

Total Hours: 60

Physical Science Studies (B.A.)                                                        

Physical Science Core (23 hrs)

Physical Science Courses (10-18 hrs)

  • Chem 313 Advanced Inorganic Chemistry 3
  • Phys 382 Advanced Physics Lab 1
  • Phys 383 Intro to Nuclear and Particle Physics 3
  • Sci 331 Descriptive Astronomy 3
  • Math 184 Calculus I (prereq. for Phys 381) 4
  • Math 186 Calculus II (recommended) 4

Total Hours: 37-41

Physical Science – Comprehensive (B.A.)  

Physical Science Core (23 hrs) – See above

Physical Science Courses (36 hrs)

Total Hours: 59

Physical Science (B.S.)  

Physical Science Core (23 hrs) – See above

Physical Science Courses (36 hrs)

  • Chem 331 Organic Chemistry II 4
  • Chem 353 Physical Chemistry 3
  • Chem 354 Physical Chemistry II 3
  • Phys 211 General Physics I Calculus Topics 1
  • Phys 212 General Physics II Calculus Topics 1
  • Phys 321 Introductory Mechanics 3
  • Phys 383 Intro to Nuclear and Particle Physics or Phys 371 Electronics 3
  • Math 184 Calculus I 4
  • Math 186 Calculus II 4
  • Math 284 Calculus III 4
  • Math 384 Differential Equations 3                                                     
  • Electives from options A, B, or C: 3

A: Advanced Labs – Chem 355, 356; Phys 382
B: Advanced Inorganic Chemistry – Chem 313
C: Electricity and Magnetism – Phys 390

Total Hours: 59

Physical Science (Minor)  

  • Eight hours of General Chemistry 8
  • Eight Hours of General Physics 8
  • Chem 231 Organic Chemistry I or and/or Phys 381 Modern Physics 3

Total Hours: 19  

PHYSICS

The physics major is designed to enable students to pursue careers or further study in physics or related areas such as engineering or astronomy. The program provides students with a strong foundation in the conceptual and quantitative aspects of physics, with an emphasis on the connections and relationships between physics and mathematics. Electives allow the student to gain additional background in Chemistry, Mathematics, or Computer Science. This program is particularly suited for those individuals who wish to pursue graduate work in physics or related fields.  

Physics (B.S.) 

Physics Core (63 hrs)

Chem 231 Organic Chemistry I (4)
CS 141 Computer Programming I (3)
CS 241 Intro to Computer Organization (3) 
CS 390 Seminar in Computer Science (3)
CS 324 Computer Graphics (3)
CS 344 Data Structures & Algorithm Analysis (3)
CS 348 Discrete Structures (3)
Math 321 Numerical Analysis (3)
Math 333 Linear Algebra (3)
Math 475 Mathematical Modeling (3)

Total Hours: 69-70

Physics (Minor) 

  • Phys 111 General Physics I 4
  • Phys 112 General Physics II 4
  • Phys 381 Modern Physics 3
  • Phys 382 Advanced Physics Lab I, II, III 1
  • Six hours of Physics courses above 200-level 6

Total Hours: 18

See also: Please check the course catalog for other information about programs in which you are interested.