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The Department of Biology, Chemistry, and Physics strives to provide a rich and rigorous course of study in the natural sciences and an environment in which students explore scientific principles. The curricula are designed to enable majors to achieve employment in laboratories and secondary education, to pursue graduate degrees in biology, biochemistry, and chemistry, and to enter professional programs in medical fields.
The Department of Biology, Chemistry, and Physics offers majors in biology and chemistry with either a Bachelor of Arts or a Bachelor of Science degree. The department also offers majors in biochemistry and medical technology with a Bachelor of Science degree. Students earning biology or chemistry majors may earn secondary teaching certification; students interested in this certification should discuss this with their advisors and the Department of Education as early as possible, as secondary certification requirements may not be identical to major requirements.
The department also offers minors in biology, chemistry, physics, and environmental studies. The Environmental Studies minor is described in the Interdisciplinary Minors section of this catalog. Many students with majors in the Department of Biology, Chemistry, and Physics participate in pre-health curricula, which are described in the Career and Pre-Professional Programs section of this catalog. These programs are not part of the majors, and the majors are not required for them.
The General Education Program is a requirement for all degrees. The requirements listed below are approved for the Bachelor of Arts, Bachelor of Science and Bachelor of Fine Arts.
|ENG 101||3 hours|
|Language and Culture||9 hours|
|MTH 108 or higher||3 hours|
|One course designated as Quantitative reasoning||3–4 hours|
|Health and Well-being Wellness||2 hours|
|Activity course||1–2 hours|
|Fine Arts||6 hours|
|Natural Science||7–8 hours|
|Social Science||6 hours|
Graduation requirements but not a separate course:
A course based on the basic concepts of physics with application to electronic devices. This course includes lectures directed to the function and operation of electronic devices, concentrating on electric charge and electrostatic force, materials structures and their electronic properties, electromagnetics, and circuit elements. Designed for the non-science majors with limited background in mathematics. Lectures.
PHY 242 or 252, MTH
PHY 331, MTH 120.
This course introduces physics concepts and the applications in medical technology and imaging such as waves and sound, ultrasonic waves, electricity, electrical technology, the nature of light, optics, fiber optics, microscopes, spectroscopy, X-rays, nuclear physics, and radiation.
Prerequisite PHY 241, its equivalent, or permission of the instructor.
PHY 242 or 252.
PHY 242 or 252.
PHY 242 or 252, MTH 120.