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Recommended Academic Plan

Science, B.S. (SCIAL)

General Science Option

Freshman Year
Semester 1 Recommended Academic Plan for B.S. in Science
Semester 1Credits
ENGL 015 (GWS): Rhetoric and Composition OR ENGL 030 GWS: Honors Freshman Composition3
MATH 140 (GQ): Calculus With Analytic Geometry I4
BIOL 110 (GN): Biology: Basic Concepts and Biodiversity4
CHEM 110 (GN): Chemical
Principles I
3
CHEM 111 (GN) Experimental Chemistry I1
Total Credits15
Semester 2 Recommended Academic Plan for B.S. in Science
Semester 2Credits
CAS 100 (GWS): Effective Speech3
MATH 141 (GQ): Calculus with Analytic Geometry II4
CHEM 112 (GN): Chemical
Principles II
3
CHEM 113 (GN): Experimental Chemistry II1
Arts (GA)**3
Health and Physical Activity (GHA)1.5
Total Credits15.5
Sophomore Year
Semester 3 Recommended Academic Plan for B.S. in Science
Semester 3Credits
PHYS 211 (GN): General Physics: Mechanics OR PHYS 250 (GN): Introductory Physics I 4
Earth and Mineral Sciences Elective3
Select From CMPSC 101 (GQ): Introduction to C++ Programming, MATH 230: Calculus and Vector Analysis, MATH 250: Ordinary Differential Equations, STAT 200 GQ: Elementary Statistics 3-4
Humanities (GH)**3
Arts (GA)**3
Total Credits16-17
Semester 4 Recommended Academic Plan for B.S. in Science
Semester 4Credits
PHYS 212 (GN): General Physics: Electricity and Magnetism OR PHYS 251 GN: Introductory Physics II4
MICRB 201: Introductory Microbiology3
ENGL 202C (GWS): Effective Writing: Technical Writing3
Social and Behavioral Sciences (GS)**3
Science Elective*3
Health and Physical Activity (GHA)1.5
Total Credits16.5
Junior Year
Semester 5 Recommended Academic Plan for B.S. in Science
Semester 5Credits
Elective* OR PHYS 213 (GN): General Physics: Fluids and Thermal Physics OR PHYS 214 (GN): General Physics: Wave Motion and Quantum Physics3-4
3 credits of W Elective3
Social and Behavioral Sciences (GS)**3
Science Elective*3
Supporting Course*3
Total Credits15-16
Semester 6 Recommended Academic Plan for B.S. in Science
Semester 6Credits
Humanities (GH)**3
Science Elective*3
Supporting Course*3
Supporting Course*3
Select 3 credits from 400 level Science courses from: ASTRO, BMB, BIOL, BIOTC, CHEM, CMPSC, CSE, MATH, MICRB, PHYS, or STAT3
Total Credits15
Senior Year
Semester 7 Recommended Academic Plan for B.S. in Science
Semester 7Credits
Select 3 credits from any 400 level courses3
Supporting Course*3
Foreign Language I4
Supporting Course*3
Select 3 credits from 400 level Science courses from: ASTRO, BMB, BIOL, BIOTC, CHEM, CMPSC, CSE, MATH, MICRB, PHYS, or STAT3
Total Credits16
Semester 8 Recommended Academic Plan for B.S. in Science
Semester 8Credits
Select 3 credits from any 400 level courses3
Supporting Course*3
Foreign Language II4
Supporting Course*3
Select 3 credits from 400 level Science courses from: ASTRO, BMB, BIOL, BIOTC, CHEM, CMPSC, CSE, MATH, MICRB, PHYS, or STAT3
Total Credits16

Bold type indicates courses requiring a grade of C or higher.

Italics type indicate courses that satisfy both major and General Education requirements.

Italic Bold type indicate courses requiring a grade of C or higher that satisfy both major and General Education requirements.

GWS, GHA, GQ, GN, GA, GH and GS are codes used to identify General Education requirements.

US, IL are codes used to designate courses that satisfy the University's United States and International Cultures requirements.  Students are required to complete 3 credits in each area, and often these courses can "double-count" with General Education selections, typically in the GA, GH, GS categories, or with major requirements.

W is the code used to designate courses that satisfy the University's Writing Across the Curriculum requirement.

FYS is the code used to designate courses that satisfy the First-Year Seminar requirement.  Note that students who began their studies Summer 2009 or later may not be required to complete a FYS course.  Check with your advisor for clarification.

Program year date

Scheduling patterns for courses not taught each semester

Program Notes:

*See program list for courses which may not be used in this category.
http://www.science.psu.edu/sciencebs/programlist.html

Academic Advising Notes:
For BIOL 220W, BIOL 230W or BIOL 240W to count as a Writing Across the Curriculum requirement, they must all be taken.
**Students admitted in or after summer 2005 must complete a 3-credit course in "United States Cultures (US)" and a 3-credit course in "International Cultures (IL)." Students admitted prior to summer 2005 must complete a 3-credit course designated as either "International Cultures (IL)" or "United States Cultures (US)." These course requirements may be met with courses that also fulfill a general education or major requirement.


Life Science Option

Freshman Year
Semester 1 Recommended Academic Plan for B.S. in Science
Semester 1Credits
ENGL 015 (GWS): Rhetoric and Composition OR ENGL 030 (GWS): Honors Freshman Composition3
MATH 140 (GQ): Calculus With Analytic Geometry I4
BIOL 110 (GN): Biology: Basic Concepts and Biodiversity4
Chem 110 (GN): Chemical
Principles I
3
Chem 111 (GN): Experimental Chemistry I1
Total Credits15
Semester 2 Recommended Academic Plan for B.S. in Science
Semester 2Credits
CAS 100 (GWS): Effective Speech3
MATH 141 (GQ) Calculus with Analytic Geometry II4
CHEM 112 (GN): Chemical
Principles II
3
CHEM 113 (GN): Experimental Chemistry II1
Arts (GA)**3
Health and Physical Activity (GHA)1.5
Total Credits15.5
Sophomore Year
Semester 3 Recommended Academic Plan for B.S. in Science
Semester 3Credits
Select From BIOL 220W (GN): Biology: Populations and Communities, BIOL 230W (GN): Biology: Molecules and Cells, BIOL 240W (GN): Biology: Function and Development of Organisms4
CHEM 210: Organic Chemistry I OR CHEM 202: Fundamentals of Organic Chemistry I3
Select From CMPSC 101 (GQ):  Introduction to C++ Programming, MATH 250: Ordinary Differential Equations, STAT 250 GQ: Introduction to Biostatistics3-4
Humanities (GH)**3
Arts (GA)**3
Total Credits16-17
Semester 4 Recommended Academic Plan for B.S. in Science
Semester 4Credits
CHEM 213: Laboratory in Organic Chemistry (only if taking CHEM 210 & 212) or Supporting Course*2-3
CHEM 212:Organic Chemistry II OR CHEM 203: Fundamentals of Organic Chemistry II3
MICRB 201: Introductory Microbiology3
Social and Behavioral Sciences (GS)**3
ENGL 202C (GWS): Effective Writing: Technical Writing3
Health and Physical Activity (GHA)1.5
Total Credits15.5-16.5
Junior Year
Semester 5 Recommended Academic Plan for B.S. in Science
Semester 5Credits
PHYS 211 (GN): General Physics: Mechanics OR PHYS 250 (GN): Introductory Physics I 4
3 credits of W Elective3
Social and Behavioral Sciences (GS)**3
Supporting Course*3
Supporting Course*3
Total Credits16
Semester 6 Recommended Academic Plan for B.S. in Science
Semester 6Credits
PHYS 212 (GN): General Physics: Electricity and Magnetism OR PHYS 251 GN: Introductory Physics II4
Humanities (GH)**3
Supporting Course*3
Supporting Course*3
Select 3 credits from 400 level Science courses from: BMB, BIOL, BIOTC, or MICRB3
Total Credits16
Senior Year
Semester 7 Recommended Academic Plan for B.S. in Science
Semester 7Credits
Elective* OR PHYS 213 (GN): General Physics: Fluids and Thermal Physics OR PHYS 214 (GN): General Physics: Wave Motion and Quantum Physics3-4
Select 3 credits from any 400 level courses3
Foreign Language I4
Supporting Course*3
Select 3 credits from 400 level Science courses from: BMB, BIOL, BIOTC, or MICRB3
Total Credits16-17
Semester 8 Recommended Academic Plan for B.S. in Science
Semester 8Credits
Select 3 credits from any 400 level courses3
Supporting Course*3
Foreign Language II4
Supporting Course*3
Select 3 credits from 400 level Science courses from: BMB, BIOL, BIOTC, or MICRB3
Total Credits16

Bold type indicates courses requiring a grade of C or higher.

Italics type indicate courses that satisfy both major and General Education requirements.

Italic Bold type indicate courses requiring a grade of C or higher that satisfy both major and General Education requirements.

GWS, GHA, GQ, GN, GA, GH and GS are codes used to identify General Education requirements.

US, IL are codes used to designate courses that satisfy the University's United States and International Cultures requirements.  Students are required to complete 3 credits in each area, and often these courses can "double-count" with General Education selections, typically in the GA, GH, GS categories, or with major requirements.

W is the code used to designate courses that satisfy the University's Writing Across the Curriculum requirement.

FYS is the code used to designate courses that satisfy the First-Year Seminar requirement.  Note that students who began their studies Summer 2009 or later may not be required to complete a FYS course.  Check with your advisor for clarification.

Program year date

Scheduling patterns for courses not taught each semester

Program Notes:
*See program list for courses which may not be used in this category.
http://www.science.psu.edu/sciencebs/programlist.html

Academic Advising Notes:
For BIOL 220W, BIOL 230W or BIOL 240W to count as a Writing Across the Curriculum requirement, they must all be taken.

**Students admitted in or after summer 2005 must complete a 3-credit course in "United States Cultures ( US )" and a 3-credit course in "International Cultures (IL)." Students admitted prior to summer 2005 must complete a 3-credit course designated as either "International Cultures (IL)" or "United States Cultures (US)." These course requirements may be met with courses that also fulfill a general education or major requirement.


Mathematical Science Option

Freshman Year
Semester 1 Recommended Academic Plan for B.S. in Science
Semester 1Credits
ENGL 015 (GWS): Rhetoric and Composition OR ENGL 030 GWS: Honors Freshman Composition3
MATH 140 (GQ): Calculus With Analytic Geometry I4
BIOL 110 (GN): Biology: Basic Concepts and Biodiversity4
CHEM 110 (GN): Chemical
Principles I
3
CHEM 111 (GN): Experimental Chemistry I1
First-Year Seminar (FYS)1
Total Credits16
Semester 2 Recommended Academic Plan for B.S. in Science
Semester 2Credits
CAS 100 (GWS): Effective Speech3
MATH 141 (GQ): Calculus with Analytic Geometry II4
CHEM 112 (GN): Chemical
Principles II
3
CHEM 113 (GN): Experimental Chemistry II1
Arts (GA)**3
Health and Physical Activity (GHA)1.5
Total Credits15.5
Sophomore Year
Semester 3 Recommended Academic Plan for B.S. in Science
Semester 3Credits
PHYS 211 (GN): General Physics: Mechanics OR PHYS 250 (GN): Introductory Physics I 4
MATH 230: Calculus and Vector Analysis OR MATH 251: Ordinary and Partial Differential Equations3
CMPSC 201 (GQ): Programming for Engineers with C++3-4
Humanities (GH)**3
Arts (GA)**3
Total Credits16-17
Semester 4 Recommended Academic Plan for B.S. in Science
Semester 4Credits
PHYS 212 (GN): General Physics: Electricity and Magnetism OR PHYS 251 GN: Introductory Physics II4
CSE 1203
ENGL 202C (GWS): Effective Writing: Technical Writing3
Social and Behavioral Sciences (GS)**3
MATH 311W: Concepts of Discrete Mathematics3
Health and Physical Activity (GHA)1.5
Total Credits16.5
Junior Year
Semester 5 Recommended Academic Plan for B.S. in Science
Semester 5Credits
Elective* OR PHYS 213 (GN): General Physics: Fluids and Thermal Physics OR PHYS 214 (GN): General Physics: Wave Motion and Quantum Physics3-4
MATH 311W: Concepts of Discrete Mathematics3
Social and Behavioral Sciences (GS)**3
MATH 220 (GQ): Matrices OR MATH 297: Special Topics3
Supporting Course*3
Total Credits15-16
Semester 6 Recommended Academic Plan for B.S. in Science
Semester 6Credits
Humanities (GH)**3
MATH 414: Introduction to Probability Theory3
Supporting Course*3
MICRB 201: Introductory Microbiology3
Select 3 credits from 400 level Science courses from: CMPSC, CSE, MATH, or STAT3
Total Credits16
Senior Year
Semester 7 Recommended Academic Plan for B.S. in Science
Semester 7Credits
Select 3 credits from any 400 level courses3
Supporting Course*3
Foreign Language I4
Supporting Course*3
Select 3 credits from 400 level Science courses from: CMPSC, CSE, MATH, or STAT3
Total Credits16
Semester 8 Recommended Academic Plan for B.S. in Science
Semester 8Credits
Select 3 credits from any 400 level courses3
Supporting Course*3
Foreign Language II4
Supporting Course*3
Select 3 credits from 400 level Science courses from: CMPSC, CSE, MATH, or STAT3
Total Credits16

Bold type indicates courses requiring a grade of C or higher.

Italics type indicate courses that satisfy both major and General Education requirements.

Italic Bold type indicate courses requiring a grade of C or higher that satisfy both major and General Education requirements.

GWS, GHA, GQ, GN, GA, GH and GS are codes used to identify General Education requirements.

US, IL are codes used to designate courses that satisfy the University's United States and International Cultures requirements.  Students are required to complete 3 credits in each area, and often these courses can "double-count" with General Education selections, typically in the GA, GH, GS categories, or with major requirements.

W is the code used to designate courses that satisfy the University's Writing Across the Curriculum requirement.

FYS is the code used to designate courses that satisfy the First-Year Seminar requirement.  Note that students who began their studies Summer 2009 or later may not be required to complete a FYS course.  Check with your advisor for clarification.

Program year date
Scheduling patterns for courses not taught each semester

Program Notes:
*See program list for courses which may not be used in this category.
http://www.science.psu.edu/sciencebs/programlist.html

Academic Advising Notes:
For BIOL 220W, BIOL 230W or BIOL 240W to count as a Writing Across the Curriculum requirement, they must all be taken.

**Students admitted in or after summer 2005 must complete a 3-credit course in "United States Cultures ( US )" and a 3-credit course in "International Cultures (IL)." Students admitted prior to summer 2005 must complete a 3-credit course designated as either "International Cultures (IL)" or "United States Cultures (US)." These course requirements may be met with courses that also fulfill a general education or major requirement.


Physical Science Option

Freshman Year
Semester 1 Recommended Academic Plan for B.S. in Science
Semester 1Credits
ENGL 015 (GWS): Rhetoric and Composition OR ENGL 030 GWS: Honors Freshman Composition3
MATH 140 (GQ): Calculus With Analytic Geometry I4
PHYS 211 (GN): General Physics: Mechanics4
CHEM 110 (GN): Chemical
Principles I
3
CHEM 111 (GN): Experimental Chemistry I1
Total Credits15
Semester 2 Recommended Academic Plan for B.S. in Science
Semester 2Credits
PHYS 212 (GN): General Physics: Electricity and Magnetism4
MATH 141 (GQ): Calculus with Analytic Geometry II4
CHEM 112 (GN): Chemical
Principles II
3
CHEM 113 (GN): Experimental Chemistry II1
Arts GA**3
Health and Physical Activity (GHA)1.5
Total Credits16.5
Sophomore Year
Semester 3 Recommended Academic Plan for B.S. in Science
Semester 3Credits
PHYS 213 (GN): General Physics: Fluids and Thermal Physics OR PHYS 214 (GN): General Physics: Wave Motion and Quantum Physics4
CHEM 210: Organic Chemistry I OR CHEM 202: Fundamentals of Organic Chemistry I3
MATH 230: Calculus and Vector Analysis OR MATH 251: Ordinary and Partial Differential Equations4
Humanities (GH)**3
Arts (GA)**3
Total Credits17
Semester 4 Recommended Academic Plan for B.S. in Science
Semester 4Credits
CHEM 213: Laboratory in Organic Chemistry (only if taking CHEM 210 & 212) or Supporting Course*2-3
CHEM 212: Organic Chemistry II OR CHEM 203: Fundamentals of Organic Chemistry II3
PHYS 237: Introduction to Modern Physics3
CAS 100 (GWS):  Effective Speech3
Health and Physical Activity (GHA)1.5
Supporting Course*3
Total Credits15.5-16.5
Junior Year
Semester 5 Recommended Academic Plan for B.S. in Science
Semester 5Credits
BIOL 110 (GN): Biology: Basic Concepts and Biodiversity4
3 credits of W Elective3
Social Behavioral Sciences (GS)**3
ASTRO 291 (GN): Astronomical Methods and the Solar System3
ENGL 202C (GWS): Effective Writing: Technical Writing3
Total Credits16
Semester 6 Recommended Academic Plan for B.S. in Science
Semester 6Credits
Humanities (GH)**3
MICRB 201: Introductory Microbiology 3
Supporting Course*3
Social and Behavioral Sciences (GS)**3
Select 3 credits from 400 level Science courses from: ASTRO, CHEM, or PHYS3
Total Credits15
Senior Year
Semester 7 Recommended Academic Plan for B.S. in Science
Semester 7Credits
Select 3 credits from any 400 level courses3
Supporting Course*3
Foreign Language I4
Supporting Course*3
Select 3 credits from 400 level Science courses from: ASTRO, CHEM, or PHYS3
Total Credits16
Semester 8 Recommended Academic Plan for B.S. in Science
Semester 8Credits
Select 3 credits from any 400 level courses3
Supporting Course*3
Foreign Language II4
Supporting Course*3
Select 3 credits from 400 level Science courses from: ASTRO, CHEM, or PHYS3
Total Credits16

Bold type indicates courses requiring a grade of C or higher.

Italics type indicate courses that satisfy both major and General Education requirements.

Italic Bold type indicate courses requiring a grade of C or higher that satisfy both major and General Education requirements.

GWS, GHA, GQ, GN, GA, GH and GS are codes used to identify General Education requirements.

US, IL are codes used to designate courses that satisfy the University's United States and International Cultures requirements.  Students are required to complete 3 credits in each area, and often these courses can "double-count" with General Education selections, typically in the GA, GH, GS categories, or with major requirements.

W is the code used to designate courses that satisfy the University's Writing Across the Curriculum requirement.

FYS is the code used to designate courses that satisfy the First-Year Seminar requirement.  Note that students who began their studies Summer 2009 or later may not be required to complete a FYS course.  Check with your advisor for clarification.

Program year date
Scheduling patterns for courses not taught each semester

Program Notes:
*See program list for courses which may not be used in this category.
http://www.science.psu.edu/sciencebs/programlist.html

Academic Advising Notes:
For BIOL 220W, BIOL 230W or BIOL 240W to count as a Writing Across the Curriculum requirement, they must all be taken.

**Students admitted in or after summer 2005 must complete a 3-credit course in "United States Cultures ( US )" and a 3-credit course in "International Cultures (IL)." Students admitted prior to summer 2005 must complete a 3-credit course designated as either "International Cultures (IL)" or "United States Cultures (US)." These course requirements may be met with courses that also fulfill a general education or major requirement.


For more information:

James Winsor

Dr. James A. Winsor

Professor of Biology
Mathematics and Natural Sciences

Office: 109 Science Building
Phone: 814-949-5180
Email: @psu.edu

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