Bachelor of Science – Comprehensive Major in Physical Sciences

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A student must complete the core requirements, an option, and the Essential Studies requirements. Students seeking to enter graduate school are advised to take advanced coursework in the discipline, plus additional mathematics. Students should consult their advisor.

Some courses require successful completion of Prerequisite courses prior to enrollment, as articulated in the catalog course descriptions. Successful completion means earning a “C” or better in the Prerequisite course(s).

Essential Studies
Core Requirements
CHEM 131
131L
COLLEGE CHEMISTRY I
and COLLEGE CHEMISTRY I LAB
4
CHEM 132
132L
COLLEGE CHEMISTRY II
and COLLEGE CHEMISTRY II LAB
4
CHEM/GEOS 310CAPSTONE I: RESEARCH SEMINAR1
CHEM/GEOS 401CAPSTONE II: SENIOR RESEARCH1
CHEM/GEOS 410CAPSTONE III: SEN RES/THESIS1
MATH 232APPLIED STATISTICS3
Select one of the following options:54-59
Total Credits68-73

Chemistry Option

Core Requirements14
CHEM 333
333L
Organic Chemistry I
and Organic Chemistry I Lab
4
CHEM 334
334L
Organic Chemistry II
and Organic Chemistry II Lab
4
CHEM 335
335L
BIOCHEMISTRY
and Biochemistry Lab
4
CHEM 341
341L
QUANTITATIVE ANALYSIS
and QUANTITATIVE ANALYSIS LAB
4
Science or Math elective (BIOL, CHEM, GEOS, PHYS, MATH)14
Upper division Science or Math electives (BIOL, CHEM, GEOS, PHYS, MATH)10
Total Credits54

Students should consult with their academic advisor in Chemistry in choosing elective courses specializing in Sciences and Mathematics.

Geoscience Option

Students pursuing this option must complete MATH 151 CALCULUS I as their Essential Studies Math requirement.

Core Requirements14
MATH 252CALCULUS II5
Select one of the following:4-5
COLLEGE PHYSICS I
and COLLEGE PHYSICS I LAB
UNIVERSITY PHYSICS I
and UNIVERSITY PHYSICS I LAB
Select one of the following:4-5
COLLEGE PHYSICS II
and COLLEGE PHYS II LAB
UNIVERSITY PHYSICS II
and UNIVERSITY PHYS II LAB
GEOS 231
231L
PHYSICAL GEOLOGY
and PHYSICAL GEOLOGY LAB
4
GEOS 234
234L
EARTH SYSTEM HISTORY
and EARTH SYSTEM HISTORY LAB
4
GEOS 338ROCKS AND MINERALS3
GEOS 431GEOLOGY OF WATER RESOURCES3
GEOS 432STRUCTURAL GEOLOGY3
GEOS 439
439L
SEDIMENTOLOGY & STRATIGRAPHY
and SEDIMENTOLOGY & STRATIGRAPHY L
4
GEOS 246GEOLOGY FIELD CAMP I2
GEOS 346GEOLOGY FIELD CAMP II2
GEOS 446GEOLOGY FIELD CAMP III,GEOLOLGY FIELD CAMP III2
Upper division GEOS elective3
Total Credits57-59