May 22, 2019  
University Catalog 2015-2016 “Final Quarter Catalog” (ARCHIVED CATALOG) 
    
University Catalog 2015-2016 “Final Quarter Catalog” (ARCHIVED CATALOG) [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Natural Science, B.S.


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The Bachelor of Science Degree in Natural Science provides broad training across several science disciplines and is offered as two options: Traditional (Option I) and Blended (Option II). Natural Science majors choose one option, and majors choosing the Traditional or Blended option must select an emphasis area (biology, chemistry, geoscience, or physics). Students should speak with a Natural Science adviser before choosing an option.

High school preparation is recommended in algebra (two years), chemistry, geometry, physics, and trigonometry.

In both options students must earn a grade of C or higher in all courses that satisfy the following university, general education or major requirements.

The total number of units required for the Bachelor of Science degree in Natural Science, Traditional Option is 184-185 units, of which 118-119 units are in the major depending on the emphasis selected.

The total number of units required for the Bachelor of Science degree in Natural Science, Blended Option is 201-203 units, of which 135-137 units are in the major depending on the emphasis selected.

Consult with an advisor for the specific number of units required in all areas of the degree including General Education, 60 upper-division unit graduation requirement, and elective units needed to complete the major.

Note:


Students must pass NSS 101 or 301 within their first two quarters of enrollment.

GE Basic Subjects (12 units)


Note that the GE basic subjects math requirement is met within the natural science core courses.

American Institutions (8 units)


Natural Sciences (8 units)


This requirement is met by completing the Natural Science core courses.

Humanities (12 units)


Social Sciences (12 units)


Option I - Select 12 units from three different disciplines in the Block D course listings

Option II - PSY 150  and select 8 additional units from two disciplines other than psychology in the Block D course listings.

Lifelong Understanding (4 units)


Upper Division Theme (12 units)


Options


  • Option I - Bachelor of Science Degree in Natural Science (Traditional)
  • Option II-Bachelor of Science Degree in Natural Science (Blended)

Option I - Bachelor of Science Degree in Natural Science (Traditional)


The Traditional Option of the Bachelor of Science degree in Natural Science is of value to those seeking careers where a broad science background is useful, including careers in academia, business, government, law, medicine, nonprofit organizations, and other fields. Students study multiple natural science disciplines (i.e., biology, chemistry, geoscience, and physics) and choose one area from biology, chemistry, geoscience, and physics as an emphasis area of study. Total number of units required for the degree is 184-185.

Requirements for the Major (118-119 units)


Select One Emphasis


Chemistry Emphasis (46 units)

Geoscience Emphasis (46 units)

Physics Emphasis (44 units)

Electives (24 units)

Upper division courses selected with approval of adviser. A minimum of 16 units must be in physics. At least one laboratory course must be included.

Option II-Bachelor of Science Degree in Natural Science (Blended)


The Blended Option of the Bachelor of Science degree in Natural Science is designed specifically for pre-service middle and high school science teachers. The blended degree program simultaneously satisfies Single Subject credential requirements for both subject matter and education, except directed teaching, which is taken as a postbaccalaureate course. Students should consult with a Natural Science program adviser and with a credential adviser in the Charter College of Education for additional requirements for earning a teaching credential in California. Students selecting the Blended Option must choose one area from biology, chemistry, geoscience, and physics as an emphasis area of study. Total number of units required for the degree is 201-203, depending on the emphasis selected.

Minimum 2.75 GPA in last 90 quarter units attempted is required for enrollment in EDCI 300.
An overall GPA of 3.0 or better is required in professional education courses.

 

Requirements for the Major (135-137 units)


Select One Emphasis


Physics Emphasis (28 units)

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