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The Science major is designed primarily to provide for the basic educational needs of students who want to pursue professional programs in various scientific or medical fields, and it offers sufficient flexibility to meet diverse academic and career goals.

The program provides a fundamental group of science courses of value to those who seek positions in government or industry where such knowledge is necessary or desirable.

Graduates of the of the program may qualify for admission to the baccalaureate degrees in science. Students planning on continuing in baccalaureate degrees are encouraged to work closely with their advisers.

For the Associate in Science degree in Science, a minimum of 67 credits is required.


Scheduling Recommendation by Semester Standing given like (Sem: 1-2)

GENERAL EDUCATION: 21 credits
(15 of these 21 credits are included in the REQUIREMENTS FOR THE MAJOR)
(See description of General Education in front of Bulletin.)

REQUIREMENTS FOR THE MAJOR: 61 credits
(This includes 15 credits of General Education courses: 3 credits of GN courses; 3 credits of GQ courses; 3 credits of GWS courses; 3 credits of GH courses; 3 credits of GQ, GWS, GH, or GN courses.

PRESCRIBED COURSES (14 credits)
(Sem: 1-4)
BIOL 110 GN [1] BIOLOGY: BASIC CONCEPTS AND BIODIVERSITY ( 4) A study of the evolution of the major groups of organisms including the fundamental concepts of biology.

CAS 100 GWS [1] EFFECTIVE SPEECH ( 3) Introduction to speech communication: formal speaking, group discussion, analysis and evaluation of messages.

 CHEM 012 GN [1] CHEMICAL PRINCIPLES ( 3) Basic concepts and quantitative relations. The following combinations of courses must be taken to receive General Education credit in chemistry: CHEM 012 GN (or CHEM 017 GN) and CHEM 014 GN; CHEM 013 GN and CHEM 015 GN. Prerequisite: satisfactory performance on the Chemistry and Math NSO tests-- i.e., placement beyond the level of CHEM 011 and MATH 022; or CHEM 011 , and MATH 022 or MATH 041

CHEM 014 GN [1] EXPERIMENTAL CHEMISTRY ( 1) Introduction to quantitative experimentation in chemistry. The following combinations of courses must be taken to receive General Education credit in chemistry: CHEM 012 GN (or CHEM 017 GN) and CHEM 014 GN; CHEM 013 GN and CHEM 015 GN. Prerequisite: or concurrent: CHEM 012 or CHEM 017

ENGL 015 GWS [1] RHETORIC AND COMPOSITION ( 3) Instruction and practice in writing expository prose that shows sensitivity to audience and purpose. Prerequisite: ENGL 004 or satisfactory performance on the English proficiency examination

ADDITIONAL COURSES (22-27 credits)
(Note: PHYS 250 and PHYS 251 and MATH 140 are recommended for students planning to continue in baccalaureate programs of science.)

Select 4-6 credits from:

(Sem: 1-2)
MATH 022 GQ COLLEGE ALGEBRA II AND ANALYTIC GEOMETRY ( 3) Relations, functions, graphs; polynomial, rational functions, graphs; word problems; nonlinear inequalities; inverse functions; exponential, logarithmic functions; conic sections; simultaneous equations. Prerequisite: MATH 021 or satisfactory performance on the mathematics proficiency examination

MATH 026 GQ PLANE TRIGONOMETRY ( 3) Trigonometric functions; solutions of triangles; trigonometric equations; identities. Prerequisite: MATH 021 or satisfactory performance on the mathematics proficiency examination; l unit of geometry

MATH 040 GQ ALGEBRA, TRIGONOMETRY, AND ANALYTIC GEOMETRY ( 5) Concepts of algebra; equations; inequalities; functions; graphs; polynomial and rational functions; exponential and logarithmic functions; trigonometry; analytic geometry; complex numbers. Prerequisite: satisfactory performance on the mathematics proficiency examination

MATH 140 GQ CALCULUS WITH ANALYTIC GEOMETRY I ( 4) Functions, limits; analytic geometry; derivatives, differentials, applications; integrals, applications. Students may only take one course for credit from MATH 110, 140, 140A, 140B, and 140H. Prerequisite: MATH 022 , MATH 026 ; or MATH 040 or MATH 041 or satisfactory performance on the mathematics proficiency examination

Select 3-4 credits from:

(Sem: 1-4)
STAT 200 GQ ELEMENTARY STATISTICS
( 4) Descriptive statistics, frequency distributions, probability, binomial and normal distributions, statistical inference, linear regression, and correlation. Prerequisite: 2 units in algebra

STAT 220 BASIC STATISTICS FOR QUANTITATIVE STUDENTS ( 3) Descriptive statistics, probability, binomial and normal distributions, one and two sample models, introduction to regression, ANOVA and contingency tables. Students may only take one course from STAT 200, 220, and 250 for credit. Prerequisite: MATH 140

STAT 250 GQ INTRODUCTION TO BIOSTATISTICS ( 3) Statistical analysis and interpretation of data in the biological sciences; probability; distributions; statistical inference for one- and two-sample problems. Prerequisite: 3 credits in mathematics

Select 3 credits from:

(Sem: 1-4)
PHIL 002 GH PHILOSOPHY, POLITICS, AND SOCIAL THEORY ( 3) Examines relations between political and social organizations, the justification and limits of the state, and issues concerning individuality and community.

PHIL 103 GH INTRODUCTION TO ETHICS ( 3) Ethical theory about virtue, duty, autonomy, and life quality applied to moral problems, including character, violence, oppression, abortion, and suicide.

PHIL 103W GH INTRODUCTION TO ETHICS ( 3) Ethical theory about virtue, duty, autonomy, and life quality applied to moral problems, including character, violence, oppression, abortion, and suicide. Prerequisite: ENGL 015 or ENGL 030

PHIL 110 GH INTRODUCTION TO PHILOSOPHY OF SCIENCE ( 3) Examines science's assumptions about knowledge and reality, the relation between science and culture, and the nature of scientific progress.

PHIL 118 GH INTRODUCTION TO ENVIRONMENTAL PHILOSOPHY ( 3) Considers the moral status of the environment and applies ethical theory to issues such as preservation, hunger, pollution, and sustainability.

PHIL 221 GH PHILOSOPHY OF SCIENCE ( 3) An inquiry into the form and function of concepts, laws, theories, and into the character of scientific explanation and prediction.

Select 3 credits form:

(Sem: 1-4)
CMPSC 100 COMPUTER FUNDAMENTALS AND APPLICATIONS ( 3) Introduction to computer fundamentals and applications to data processing environments. Prerequisite: 2 entrance units in mathematics

 M I S 103 MICROCOMPUTER APPLICATIONS IN BUSINESS ( 3) Introduction to current business uses of the microcomputer, including spreadsheets, database management, word processing, and decision-making models.

CMPSC 101 GQ INTRODUCTION TO ALGORITHMIC PROCESSES ( 3) Properties of algorithms, languages, and notations for describing algorithms, applications of a procedure-oriented language to problem solving. A student may receive credit for only one of the following courses: CMPSC 101, 201C, 201F, CSE 103. Prerequisite: 2 entrance units in mathematics

Select 6-8 credits from:

(Sem: 2-4)
PHYS 150 GN(3) and PHYS 151 GN(3) or PHYS 250 GN(4) and PHYS 251 GN(4)

PHYS 150 TECHNICAL PHYSICS I ( 3) Elementary treatment of topics in mechanics, heat, wave motion, and sound leading toward an understanding of technical applications. Prerequisite: 1 1/2 units of algebra. Prerequisite or concurrent: MATH 021 , MATH 081 , PHYS 150 or MTHBD 091

PHYS 151 TECHNICAL PHYSICS II ( 3) Elementary treatment of topics in electricity, light, and modern physics leading toward an understanding of technical applications. Prerequisite: PHYS 150

PHYS 250 INTRODUCTORY PHYSICS I ( 4) Selected topics in mechanics, heat, and sound. Prerequisite: MATH 022 , MATH 026 ; or MATH 040 ; or MATH 041 or satisfactory performance on the mathematics proficiency examination

PHYS 251 INTRODUCTORY PHYSICS II ( 4) Selected topics in light, electricity, and magnetism. Prerequisite: PHYS 250

Select 3 credits from:

(Sem: 2-4)
CHEM 013 GN CHEMICAL PRINCIPLES ( 3) Continuation of CHEM 012, including an introduction to the chemistry of the elements. The following combinations of courses must be taken to receive General Education credit in chemistry: CHEM 012 GN (or CHEM 017 GN) and CHEM 014 GN; CHEM 013 GN and CHEM 015 GN. Prerequisite: CHEM 012 or CHEM 017 . Prerequisite or concurrent: CHEM 014

CHEM 034 ORGANIC CHEMISTRY ( 3) Introduction to organic chemistry, with emphasis on the properties of organic compounds of biochemical importance. Not open to those who have previously scheduled CHEM 037. Prerequisite: CHEM 011 , CHEM 012 , or CHEM 017

SUPPORTING COURSES AND RELATED AREAS (20-25 credits)
Select 20-25 credits from approved departmental list of BIOLOGICAL/MATH/PHYSICAL SCIENCES (Sem: 1-4)

[1] A student enrolled in this major must receive a grade of C or better, as specified in Senate Policy 82-44.


If you are interested, please contact:

Amy Petrucci-Effinite
Division of Undergraduate Studies Program Coordinator 
Email:
alp23@psu.edu
Phone: (724)-983-2861

For admissions information, contact the Penn State Shenango Admissions Office at (724) 983-2803.