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Natural Science degree curriculum

Natural Science 2016-2017 (Sample) Paradigm for BS in Natural Science 

This sample paradigm shows a normal 4 year progression towards a degree in natural science. Some of the courses should be taken in this order due to prerequisite structures, others may be switched. 

Freshman Year Semester I       credits
BIOL 111 & 111L Principles of Biology I & lab1   4
CHEM 113 & 113L Principles of Chemistry I & lab    4
ENG 111 English Composition I 3
MATH 107 & 110, or 117 or 131 3
CBU 101 0
Total 14 

Freshman Year Semester II   credits
Science (Any Area)2 4
CHEM 114 & 114L Principles of Chemistry II & lab    4
ENG 112 English Comp II 3
MATH 106 or 131 or 132 3
Elective 3
Total 17

Sophomore Year Semester I credits
Science (Any Area)2 4
PHYS 150 or 201 Physics I & Lab3                           4
Literature GER 3
Elective 3
Total 14

Sophomore Year Semester II credits
Science (Any Area)2 4
PHYS 251 or 202 Physics II & Lab3                               4
Moral Values GER 3
Social Science/History GER 3
Total 14

Junior Year Semester I credits
Science (Any Area)2 4
Science (Any Area)2 3
Religious Studies Elective                                        3
Social Science GER 3
Elective 3
Total 16

Junior Year Semester II  credits
Science (Any Area)2                                                        4
Religious Studies GER 3
Electives 9
Total 16

Senior Year Semester I  credits
NSCI 410 Senior Seminar                                      1
Science (Any Area) 3
Electives 12
Total 16

Senior Year Semester II                                       credits
Science (Any Area) 3
Electives 12
Total 15

Total credits required for the degree: 122. 

Transfer students must take at least one-half of the required courses numbered at or above the 200 level at CBU, and this must include at least two courses (6 to 8 hours excluding NSCI 410) at or above the 300 level. CHEM 101 does not supply any credit for Major Requirements. It can supply 3 credit hours of Free Electives. Students wishing to add NSCI as a second major must receive approval from the department. Natural Science majors cannot earn a minor in Biology, Chemistry or Physics.

1 Students not planning on taking any additional biology courses can take BIOL 109 and 109L instead of BIOL 111 and 111L.
2 Students must have at least 30 hours of science (biology, chemistry, or physics) at or above the 200+ level. At least 14 of these 30 hours must be at the 300+ level (including NSCI 410 & 411). 3 Students planning on taking upper-level physics courses must take PHYS 150, 251, 252 and the associated labs.