General Science RequirementsAll Bachelor of Science curricula require 124 credit hours. No Bachelor of Science curriculum requires more than 64 credit hours of science courses, nor more than 72 hours of total specified courses, including courses designated by name or those to be chosen from a list. A maximum of 40 credit hours may be specified in a single discipline or course prefix number. A minimum of 46 credit hours in science is required for any Bachelor of Science curriculum. Eight of these credit hours must be in mathematics (course prefixes MATH and MATP), including Calculus I. Each curriculum must include courses in at least four science disciplines. For this purpose the course prefixes PHYS (physics) and ASTR (astronomy) are a single discipline, as are MATH (mathematics) and MATP (mathematical programming, probability, and mathematical statistics).

Each curriculum includes an option whereby a student can receive up to four hours of course credit for an out-of-classroom experience. Students may exercise this option more than once. This out-of-classroom experience should have intellectual content relevant to the student’s educational or career goals. Appropriate experiences might include an individual or group research project (on or off campus), an independent study project, a co-op assignment, a public service internship or study abroad. A written proposal and a final written report should be submitted for evaluation to the faculty member designated by each curriculum. This course option may be included in the courses required for the major.