Natural Sciences, B.A.

The Bachelor of Arts (B.A.) in the Natural Sciences provides students more breadth than traditional science programs. Many exciting areas of scientific inquiry, such as the neurosciences, environmental sciences, and biophysical sciences, require general science backgrounds that encompass multiple science disciplines.

Students planning graduate study or technical careers in one of these interdisciplinary areas, as well as students preparing for careers in health sciences, legal professions, science education, science-related business, or social service might be well served by the B.A. in the Natural Sciences.

However, this program of study will not prepare students for graduate study in a traditional science discipline nor will it prepare students for technical employment in a traditional science discipline.

Undergraduate Contact Information:

Dr. Susan Varnum, Program Director
Professor of Chemistry
Associate Dean for Science Education​
College of Science and Technology​
629 Gladfelter Hall
215-204-6390 or 215-204-4073
susan.varnum@temple.edu

Bachelor of Arts 

Summary of Requirements for the Degree

  1. University Requirements (123 total s.h.)
    • MATH 0701 (4 s.h.) and/or ENG 0701 (4 s.h.), if required by placement testing.
    • All Temple students must take a minimum of two writing-intensive courses at Temple as part of their major. Following is a list of courses that can be used to satisfy the writing-intensive requirement:
      Select two of the following:
      Genetics (S)
      Cell Structure and Function (F)
      Scientific Writing for Biology: The Art of Communicating (S)
      Techniques of Chemical Measurement II
      Physical Chemistry Laboratory I
      and Physical Chemistry Laboratory II
      Climate Change: Oceans To Atmosphere (S - even years)
      Technical Writing
      Perspectives on Science and Mathematics
      Philosophical Perspectives on the Environment
      Introduction to Modern Physics (S)
      Experimental Physics (S)
    • Students must complete the General Education (GenEd) requirements.
      • See the General Education section of the Undergraduate Bulletin for the GenEd curriculum.
      • Students who complete CST majors typically receive a waiver for 2 Science & Technology (GS) and 1 Quantitative Literacy (GQ) GenEd courses.
    • Students must satisfy general Temple University residency requirements.
  2. College Requirements

    • 90 credits within the College of Science & Technology (CST) or the College of Liberal Arts (CLA).
    • 45 Upper-Level (2000+) credits within the College of Science & Technology (CST) or the College of Liberal Arts (CLA).
    • Two (2) Upper-Level (2000+) Liberal Art courses.
    • Second (2nd) Level of a Foreign Language (1002).
  3. Major Requirements for Bachelor of Arts (56-64 s.h.)
    At least 7 courses required for the major must be completed at Temple. At least 2 courses in the chosen concentration must be completed at Temple.

    Biology
    Select one of the following:4
    General Biology I (F)
    Introduction to Biology I
    Honors Introduction to Biology I (S)
    Select one of the following:4
    General Biology II (S)
    Introduction to Biology II
    Honors Introduction to Biology II (F)
    Chemistry
    Select one of the following:4
    General Chemistry I
    and General Chemistry Laboratory I
    Honors General Chemical Science I
    and Honors Chemical Science Laboratory I (F)
    Select one of the following:4
    General Chemistry II
    and General Chemistry Laboratory II
    Honors General Chemical Science II
    and Honors Chemical Science Laboratory II (S)
    Technical Writing
    ENG 2696Technical Writing3
    College of Science & Technology
    Select one of the following:3
    Paradigms of Scientific Knowledge: Knowledge Discovery from Scientific Data (F)
    Research Methods (S)
    Earth & Environmental Science
    EES 2001Physical Geology4
    Mathematics
    Select one of the following: 14-8
    Differential and Integral Calculus
    Calculus I
    and Introduction to Probability and Statistics for the Life Sciences
    Calculus I
    and Calculus II
    Honors Calculus I
    and Honors Calculus II
    Philosophy/History
    Select one of the following:3
    Perspectives on Science and Mathematics (WI)
    History of Science
    Physics
    PHYS 1004Introduction to Astronomy (F)3
    Select one of the following:4
    Introduction to General Physics I
    Elementary Classical Physics I
    Honors Elementary Classical Physics I (F)
    General Physics I
    Honors General Physics I (F)
    Select one of the following:4
    Introduction to General Physics II
    Elementary Classical Physics II
    Honors Elementary Classical Physics II (S)
    General Physics II
    Honors General Physics II (S)
    Upper Elective Science
    Four Upper-Level (2000+) elective science courses 212-16
    Successful completion of a comprehensive general science exam at the conclusion of the major course requirements.
    Total Credit Hours56-64
    (F) - Fall only course
    (S) - Spring only course
    1

    Students may choose to take MATH 1038 instead of MATH 1041 as part of the sequences that include MATH 1041. If so, they must also take the linked course MATH 1039.

    2

    The four science electives chosen to satisfy the science concentration must be taken from the same department. The departments you can choose electives from are: Biology, Chemistry, Earth & Environmental Science or Physics. In the circumstance where a laboratory course is the complement of a lecture course, both must be completed to fulfill the requirement for ONE science elective.

    Note: A grade of C or higher in CHEM 1031 and CHEM 1032 is required to take BIOL 1111 and BIOL 2112. A grade of C or higher in BIOL 1111 and BIOL 2112 is required to take upper-level Biology courses, and a C- or higher is required unless otherwise specified in all other courses for the major, including course prerequisites.

Calculation of Major GPA

The list of courses that are used to calculate major GPA is determined by the department. Students should consult with their academic advising unit for the applicable courses. In general, courses that could not apply toward the major as an elective or a required course are not counted for the major GPA. This would include MATH 1022, for example.

Distinction in Major

To graduate with a Distinction in Natural Sciences a student is required to achieve a 3.33 GPA or higher in all of the content area courses in the major.

Suggested Academic Plan

Bachelor of Arts in Natural Sciences

Requirements for New Students starting in the 2016-2017 Academic Year

Year 1
FallCredit Hours
Select one of the following:4
General Chemistry I 
Honors General Chemical Science I (F) 
Select one of the following:4
Differential and Integral Calculus 
Calculus I with Lab1 
Calculus I 
Honors Calculus I (F) 
General Education/Elective Credits7
 Term Credit Hours15
Spring
Select one of the following:4
General Chemistry II 
Honors General Chemical Science II (S) 
Select one of the following:20-4
Introduction to Probability and Statistics for the Life Sciences 
Calculus II 
Honors Calculus II 
General Education/Elective Credits12-8
 Term Credit Hours16
Year 2
Fall
Select one of the following:4
General Biology I (F) 
Introduction to Biology I 
Honors Introduction to Biology I (S) 
EES 2001Physical Geology4
General Education/Elective Credits8
 Term Credit Hours16
Spring
Select one of the following:4
General Biology II (S) 
Introduction to Biology II 
Honors Introduction to Biology II (F) 
ENG 2696Technical Writing [WI]3
Science Elective33-4
General Education/Elective Credits5-4
 Term Credit Hours15
Year 3
Fall
Select one of the following:4
Introduction to General Physics I 
Elementary Classical Physics I 
Honors Elementary Classical Physics I (F) 
General Physics I 
Honors General Physics I (F) 
Select one of the following:3
Perspectives on Science and Mathematics [WI] 
History of Science 
Science Elective33-4
General Education/Elective Credits5-4
 Term Credit Hours15
Spring
Select one of the following:4
Introduction to General Physics II 
Elementary Classical Physics II 
Honors Elementary Classical Physics II (S) 
General Physics II 
Honors General Physics II (S) 
General Education/Elective Credits11
 Term Credit Hours15
Year 4
Fall
PHYS 1004Introduction to Astronomy (F)3
Select one of the following:3
Paradigms of Scientific Knowledge: Knowledge Discovery from Scientific Data (F) 
Research Methods (S) 
Research Methods (S) 
Research Methods (S) 
Research Methods (S) 
Science Elective33-4
General Education/Elective Credits6-5
 Term Credit Hours15
Spring
Science Elective33-4
General Education/Elective Credits13-12
 Term Credit Hours16
 Total Credit Hours: 123
1

Students who choose MATH 1038 must also take the linked course MATH 1039.

2

Not required if MATH 1031 is completed.

3

The four science electives chosen to satisfy the science concentration must be taken from the same department. The departments you can choose electives from are: Biology, Chemistry, Earth & Environmental Science or Physics. In the circumstance where a laboratory course is the complement of a lecture course, both must be completed to fulfill the requirement for ONE science elective.

(F) - Fall only course
(S) - Spring only course