Bachelor of Science in Natural Science

Core Curriculum

All degree programs require completion of the Core Curriculum. A complete description of the core and its requirements is available in the Core Curriculum section of the Daemen catalogue. Courses which satisfy a portion or complete a core requirement will have such designation indicated after the course title.

Required Courses of all Natural Science Programs

  1. MAJOR: 19 credits

    • BIO109/L General Biology I (3/1) -- CT
    • BIO110L General Biology II (3/1) -- CT
    • CHE110/L Chemistry I (4/0)
    • CHE111/L Chemistry II (4/0)  
    • NSC231 Natural Science: Scientific Language and Literacy (3)
  2. CORE: 6 credits

    • CMP101 English Composition (3) -- CS; ILIT; WI
    • IND101 Sustainable & Critical Relationships (3)

Additional Requirements For BS, Natural Science – Environmental Studies Specialization

  1. MAJOR AND SPECIALIZATION: 71 credits:

    • MAJOR: 55 credits:

      • BIO302/L General Ecology (3/1)
      • CHE301/L-302/L Organic Chemistry I-II (3/1-3/1)
      • CHE303/L Introduction to Physical Chemistry (4/0)
      • CHE304/L Advanced Topics in Physical Chemistry (4/0)
      • CHE311/L Contemporary Chemical Analysis (4/0)
      • CHE312/L Modern Instrumental Analysis (4/0)
      • NSC331 Natural Science Literature Survey (2) -- ILIT; WI. NOTE: IN COMBINATION WITH NSC443=RP
      • NSC443 Natural Science Research Seminar (2) -- ILIT; WI. NOTE: IN COMBINATION WITH NSC331=RP
      • Select one sequence (8 credits):
        • PHY101/L-102/L Physics I-II (3/1-3/1)
        • PHY151/L-152/L General Physics I-II (4/0-4/0)
      • Science Electives: 15 credits to be selected from recommended Science courses.
    • SPECIALIZATION: 16 credits:

    • NOTE: History and Political Science department course offerings have changed course prefix/designation to the following: HP (formerly HG): History & Political Science courses; HST (formerly HIS): History courses; PSC (formerly GVT): Political Science courses.

      • ENS304/L Environmental Chemistry (3/1)
      • Select two:
        • ENS205 Planet Earth I: Physical Features (3)
        • ENS206 Planet Earth II: Geographical Features (3)
        • ENS/NSC303 Environmental Toxicology -- CT (3)
        • ENS309 Population Dynamics (3)
      • Select two
        • PSC217 American Political Parties & Pressure Groups (3)
        • PSC219 Politics, Planning & Land Use (3)
        • PSC411 Environmental Law (3)
  2. CORE: 39 credits:

    • MTH144 Calculus & Analytic Geometry I (3) -- CT; QL
    • PSC211 Environmental & Energy Policies I (3)
    • PSC212 Environmental & Energy Policies II (3)  
    • Select one:

      • ECO201 Principles of Microeconomics (3) -- CT
      • ECO202 Principles of Macroeconomics (3) - CT
    • Select one:

      • PSC113 Introduction to American Politics (3) -- CR
      • PSC114 State & Local Government (3) -- CR
    • Select one:

      • HST230 Problems of the Third World (3)
      • PSC113 Introduction to American Politics (3) -- CR
      • PSC114 State & Local Government (3) -- CR
    • Select one:

      • HST230 Problems of the Third World (3)
      • MTH145 Calculus & Analytic Geometry II (3) - CT; QL
      • PSC113 Introduction to American Politics (3) - CR
      • PSC114 State & Local Government (3) - CR 
    • Core Electives: 18 credits:

TOTAL PROGRAM REQUIREMENTS = 135 CREDITS

 

Additional Requirements For BS, Natural Science – Forensic Science Specialization:

  1. MAJOR AND SPECIALIZATION: 63 credits

    • MAJOR: 51 credits:

      • Select one:
        • BCH317 Bio-Organic Chemistry (3)
        • CHE301 Organic Chemistry I (3) NOTE: CHE301 is the preferred course
      • CHE337/L Forensic Chemistry (3/1)
      • PHY125/L Forensic Physics (3/1)
      • Science Electives: 40 credits to be selected from recommended Science courses.
    • SPECIALIZATION: 12 credits:

      • FOR101 Introduction to Forensic Science (3) -- CS; WI
      • PSC117 Introduction to Criminal Justice (3) -- CI
      • PSY223 Forensic Psychology (3) -- CT
      • Select one:
        • NSC310 Biostatistics (3) -- CT
        • PSY333 Statistics for Psychology & Social Sciences (3) -- CT; QL
  2. CORE: 39 credits

    • PSY103 Introduction to Psychology (3) -- CI
    • Select one:

      • CMP311 Advanced English Composition (3) -- CS; ILIT; UD; WI
      • CMP315 Advanced Composition for Health Professionals (3) -- CS; ILIT; UD; WI
    • Select one:

      • MTH134 Pre-Calculus (3) -- CT; QL
      • MTH144 Calculus & Analytic Geometry I (3) -- CT; QL
    • Core Electives: 30 credits

TOTAL PROGRAM REQUIREMENTS = 127 CREDITS

 

Additional Requirements For BS, Natural Science – Health Sciences Specialization

  1. MAJOR AND SPECIALIZATION: 45 credits

    • MAJOR: 31-33 credits:

      • BCH317 Bio-organic Chemistry (3)
      • BIO330/L General Anatomy (4/0)
      • BIO340/L General Physiology (4/0)
      • Science and Health Science Electives: 20-22 credits to be selected from recommended Science courses or from any 200-level or higher BIO, BCH, CHE, ENS*, NSC, PHY courses designated for Science majors. *ENS courses cross-listed as GVT are not acceptable. 
      • NOTE

        • If you complete 12 credits in the specialization, 22 credits are required in science electives; if you complete 13 credits in the specialization, 21 credits are required in science electives; if you complete 14 credits in the specialization, 20 credits are required in science electives.
        • Some course options in science/health science electives and in the specialization have overlapping content and therefore credit for only one course in each of the following pairs may be counted as a required or elective health science course: HCS301 and PT508; HCS317 and PT504 and/or PT505; HCS317 and PT506 and/or PT507; HCS320 and PT517; BCH 317 and CHE 301; BCH 313 and BCH 317.
    • SPECIALIZATION: Select 12-14 credits from the following and in consultation with one's advisor:

      • HCS301/L Physiology of Exercise & Cardiopulmonary Assessment (3/0)
      • HCS 305 Communicating Health (3)
      • HCS308 Environmental Health (3)
      • HCS 310 Health Promotion and Education (3) ---CT
      • HCS 313 Principles of Health Behavior Change (3)
      • HCS317/L Human Motion: Principles & Perspectives (4/0)
      • HCS320 Community Health Education & Disease Prevention (3)-- CT
      • HCS335 Critical Issues in Global Health (3) -- CI
      • HCS338 Social Determinants of Health (3) -- CR
      • HCS340 Musculoskeletal Fitness Assessment (3) 
      • HCS353 Introduction to Epidemiology (3)
      • PAS511 Clinical Microbiology/Immunology (3)
      • PT504/L-505/L Clinical Functional Anatomy I-II (3/0-2/0)
      • PT506/L-507/L Kinesiology & Biomechanics I-II (3/0-2/0)
      • PT508/L Physiology of Exercise (3/0)
      • PT517 Clinical Medicine I (3)
  2. CORE: 39 credits:

    • Select one:

      • MTH134 Pre-Calculus (3) - CT; QL
      • MTH144 Calculus & Analytic Geometry I (3) - CT; QL
    • Core Electives: 36 credits:

  3. FREE ELECTIVES: 12 credits:

    Courses offered in the major are not allowed. Courses used to fulfill the free electives may but are not required to have a competency.

TOTAL PROGRAM REQUIREMENTS = 121 CREDITS

 

Additional Requirements For BS, Natural Science – Individualized Studies Track

1.    MAJOR: 51 credits:

    • CHE301/L-302/L Organic Chemistry I-II (3/1-3/1) OR BCH317/L Bio-Organic Chemistry (3/1) and 4 credits in a 300-level Chemistry course
    • *NSC331 Natural Science Literature Survey (2) -- ILIT; WI.  NOTE: IN COMBINATION WITH NSC443=RP.
    • NSC443 Natural Science Research Seminar (2) -- ILIT; WI. NOTE: IN COMBINATION WITH NSC331=RP.
    • 8 credits in 300-level Biology courses

*NSC331 may be replaced with an off-campus research experience (e.g., internship or scientific study abroad experience) approved by the Natural Science Department Chair prior to registration.

  • Science and Health Science Electives: 31 credits to be selected from recommended Science courses or from any 200-level or higher BIO, BCH, CHE, ENS*, NSC, PHY courses designated for Science majors.  A minimum of 10 of the 31 credits must be at the 300-level or higher.

*ENS courses cross listed as PSC are not acceptable. 

2.    CORE: 39 credits:

  • MTH144 Calculus and Analytical Geometry I (3) - CT; QL
  • Core Electives: 36 credits

3.    FREE ELECTIVES: 6 credits:

Courses offered in the major are not allowed. Courses used to fulfill the free electives may but are not required to have a competency.

TOTAL PROGRAM REQUIREMENTS = 121 CREDITS

 

Requirements for Biology, Biochemistry, Natural Sciences Programs: Admission, Admission to Upper Division, Graduation – consult the Natural Sciences department section of the catalogue or the Program Plans option on the Registrar’s web page.

Suggested Course Sequence

Access the suggested course sequences for: BS, Natural Science-Environmental Studies specialization, Natural Science-Forensic Science specialization, Natural Science-Health Sciences specialization, Natural Science-Individualized Studies track, from the Natural Sciences Department web page or the Program Plans site on the Registrar’s web page.

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