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General Science Degree (B.S.)

Why Major in General Science?

The General Science degree provides a solid grounding in the physical and biological sciences. While some of our General Science graduates have found work as laboratory technicians or have gone on to graduate school, this program is most appropriate for those who are planning to teach at the K-8 level.

Requirements for the General Science Degree

Requirements for the General Science Major

    OPTION I - Elementary Licensure (1-6) with General Science (1-6) - 39 Credits

    Students choosing this option are expected to complete a second major in Elementary Education, and are encouraged to consider applying to the Massachusetts Department of Elementary and Secondary Education for General Science (1-6) licensure after they apply for Elementary (1-6) licensure.

      Required Foundation Courses - 26 Credits

      • ASTR 0101 - Astronomy
      • BIOL 0102 - Environmental Biology
      • BIOL 0104 - Human Biology
      • CHEM 0101 - Introduction to Chemistry
      • GEOL 0101 - Physical Geology with Laboratory
      • GEOL 0106 - Historical Geology
      • PHSC 0101 - Introduction to Physics

      Required Upper-Level Courses - 13 Credits

      • GARP 0230 - Meteorology
      • GNSC 0239 - Current Topics in Science Seminar
      • GNSC 0330 - Science, Technology and Society
      • GNSC 0360 - Methods of Science Education for Pre-K-6
      • GNSC 0383 - Senior Seminar in General Science

      Upper-Level Elective - 3 Credits

      One of the following courses, which integrate the other disciplines within the major:

      • ASTR 0349 - Integrated Physical Science: Astronomy OR
      • GEOL 0347 - Integrated Physical Science: Geology

      OPTION II - Middle School Licensure in General Science (5-8) - 51 Credits

      Students planning to teach should also review the section on licensure requirements that follows the description of the General Science Minor

        Required Foundation Course - 37 Credits

        • ASTR 0101 - Astronomy
        • BIOL 0128 - Introduction to Organismal, Ecological, and Evolutionary Biology
        • BIOL 0129 - Introduction to Molecular, Cellular, and Developmental Biology
        • CHEM 0109 - General Chemistry I
        • CHEM 0111 - General Chemistry II
        • GEOL 0101 - Physical Geology with Laboratory
        • GEOL 0106 - Historical Geology
        • MATH 0104 - Pre-Calculus
        • PHSC 0115 - General Physics I
        • PHSC 0117 - General Physics II

        Required Upper-Level Courses - 14 Credits

        • GARP 0230 - Meteorology
        • GNSC 0239 - Current Topics in Science Seminar
        • GNSC 0330 - Science, Technology and Society
        • GNSC 0383 - Senior Seminar in General Science
        • ASTR 0349 - Integrated Physical Science: Astronomy
        • GEOL 0347 - Integrated Physical Science: Geology

        Additional Graduation Requirements

        All students must meet the University Graduation Requirements and complete a common core of studies, distributed among the different academic areas as detailed in the Common Core .

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