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Biological & Physical Sciences Degree Programs

Department Objectives

The program and course offerings in the Department of Biological and Physical Sciences undergird the goals of the College of Science, Mathematics and Engineering Technology. The objectives of these programs and course offerings are to provide appropriate learning experiences that enable students:

  • To understand the fundamental importance of science in daily life through basic, general course offerings;
  • To develop an appreciation for the natural sciences and scientific endeavors;
  • To develop scientific attitudes and skills in evaluation and problem solving as a basis for pursuing knowledge;
  • To pursue research opportunities in the natural sciences;
  • To obtain basic, quality training necessary for entering medical and allied health careers; and
  • To obtain training necessary to become professional scientists, science teachers, or pursue advanced graduate work.


Degree Programs

Degree programs within the Biology Area


BIOLOGY — The curriculum in biology is designed to expose the student to a broad, fundamental understanding of the biological, chemical and physical sciences. The program is also designed to provide student with experiences in the application of scientific principles so as to develop skills in problem solving. Students successfully completing this program will be prepared to pursue further studies and careers in medicine, dentistry, allied health, biomedical sciences, agrisciences, environmental sciences, and other fields requiring a scientific background. Students selecting biology as a minor are required to complete a minimum of twenty semester hours in biology including Biology 150 and 151.


TEACHING OF BIOLOGY — The program in the teaching of biology is structured to meet the needs of students who wish to teach biology and general science in middle and secondary schools. In addition to the basic features necessary for teacher preparation, the program’s interdisciplinary design also provides opportunities for the pursuit of employment and study in biology and related fields as well as science education.


The minor in Environmental Science for biology majors is an interdisciplinary curriculum designed to provide the foundation necessary to understand the critical relationship between society and the ecosphere. Students who pursue this minor will be prepared for professional opportunities that exist in environmentally related industries, government agencies and graduate programs.


Students must complete 22 to 23 credits of the following environmental coursework: ENV 300, ENV 301, ENV 302, ENV 306, ENV 420, ENV 430 and one approved elective.


Degree programs within the Chemistry Area


CHEMISTRY — The major in chemistry provides students with a well-rounded understanding of the major branches in the field of chemistry. Students pursuing the curriculum in chemistry will be exposed to basic theoretical and practical experiences including research techniques and instrumentation. In addition to training in other science disciplines, the chemistry program provides opportunities for students to pursue unique interdisciplinary training that will prepare them for new, developing careers in the job market. The chemistry program also prepares students for graduate study as well as careers in research, health, and industry.

Students selecting chemistry as a minor are required to complete at least 20 semester hours of chemistry including Chemistry 150 and 152.

Professional Chemistry majors have four options in the selection of chemistry as a major.

  • Professional Chemistry for Pre-Health Career majors
  • Professional Chemistry for Graduate School, Industry
  • Professional Chemistry with an Environmental Science Minor
  • Professional Chemistry Radiochemistry Career Tract


Chemistry majors may declare a minor of their choice.


Professional Chemistry Pre-Health Career Tract

Chemistry Pre-Health Career Majors must complete the needed chemistry credits and necessary biology course for admission to medical school and to ensure coverage of the medical college admissions test subject materials. Chemistry majors who follow the Pre-Health Career Tract will be prepared to pursue additional studies and careers in medicine, pharmacy, dentistry and other health related careers. Pre-Health Career majors recommended electives: Botany, Genetics, and Microbiology.


Professional Chemistry Graduate School/Industry Tract
Recommended electives: Zoology, Botany


Professional Chemistry Environmental Science Tract
Recommended electives: Botany, Biostatistics, and Waste Management.


Professional Chemistry Radiochemistry Career Tract


TEACHING OF CHEMISTRY— The program in the teaching of chemistry is designed to prepare students to teach chemistry and general science in middle and secondary schools. In addition to the basic features necessary for teacher preparation, the interdisciplinary training of the program also provides opportunities for students to pursue careers related to and supportive of teaching such as in counseling, educational research or administration.


Degree programs within the Physics Area

PHYSICS — The major in physics provides the student with fundamental training in the physical principles of nature. This program is designed for the student to acquire a basic understanding of physics and to develop the scientific skills and aptitude necessary for further study. Students pursuing the physics curriculum will have opportunities to study other useful and related fields such as mathematics, engineering technology, biology and chemistry. A student who successfully completes this program will be able to pursue a variety of careers in various branches of physics as well as other fields.

Students selecting physics as a minor are required to complete a minimum of twenty semester hours in physics. Physics majors are not required to have a minor.



  • Astronomy
  • Health Physics
  • Medical Physics
  • Dual Major in Physics and Electrical Engineering Technology



  1. Physics (non-physics majors)
  2. Astronomy (non-physics majors)
  3. Business Administration (physics majors)