Natural and Physical Science

We are committed to promoting scientific thinking, emphasizing the process, content, and interdisciplinary nature of these disciplines. We offer majors in biology, chemistry, computer science, mathematics, and physics. In addition, we are also committed to providing you with the necessary courses for meeting the requirements of the general studies curriculum in the sciences. Our goal is to support scientific literacy in all students and to prepare our majors for careers in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics.


Graduates in this program will:

  1. Understand and appreciate their environment;
  2. Have an appreciation for the scientific method and demonstrate its applicability in solving practical problems of life;
  3. Understand how to teach science and mathematics in elementary and high schools;
  4. Pursue graduate and professional education; and,
  5. Understand how to make informed decisions about increasingly complex scientific and technological issues affecting their communities.

We strive to develop your critical thinking skills; to enhance your verbal and written communication abilities; to encourage reasoned debate on scientific and technical issues; and to instill civic responsibilities. We pursue these efforts in a vital, collaborative learning community of students, faculty, and staff, centered on student-active, investigative curricula in the classroom, field, and laboratory. In this active, collaborative learning environment, you have the opportunity to develop your skills and abilities through intensive study, hands-on work, one-on-one interaction with faculty, and group interactions with other students. You will develop skills to make informed decisions on increasingly complex scientific and technological issues affecting your community. We are organized into the following areas: (1) biology; (2) chemistry; (3) mathematics; (4) physics; and (5) computer science. Majors and minors are offered in all of these areas.

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A major in biology consists of 44 credit hours of courses in biology and related courses in chemistry and physics, as indicated in the curriculum chart.

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A major in chemistry consists of 42 semester hours of biology, chemistry, mathematics, and physics courses. Ten (10) 4-credit hour courses; and two (2) 1-credit hour seminars as indicated on the curriculum chart.

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Computer Science

Majors in computer science are required to complete 44 credit hours in computer science and mathematics, including 32 required credit hours and 12 credit hours of electives.

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Majors in mathematics are required to complete thirty-eight (38) credit hours in mathematics, including 20 in mathematics (exclusive of MAT130, MAT125/126/133 and MAT 136/140), six (6) in computer science (exclusive of CSC132), and twelve (12) elective credit hours, as indicated in the curriculum chart. MAT130, MAT125/126/133, MAT 136/140, and CSC 132 do not count toward the mathematics major.

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Physicists study in a broad, inherently cross disciplinary field. They study fundamental relationships in the physical and natural world and aim to reveal how all of the complexities of the universe emerge from these fundamental laws. In a very practical sense, physics can be a foundation on which a student can build a career in any field, even outside of science. The program consists of 20 credit hours of courses in physics and 15 credit hours in mathematics emphasizing a foundation in the broad areas of physics, as indicated in the Suggested Academic Path.