Natural Sciences, B.A.

Learn more about the Bachelor of Arts in Natural Sciences.

The Bachelor of Arts (B.A.) in 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. The Bachelor of Arts degree helps students to explore both domestic and international culture through the foreign language and upper level liberal arts course requirements.

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 Natural Sciences. Students in this program can apply to our Professional Science Master's (PSM) programs in the following areas: Forensic Chemistry and Scientific Writing. Students interested in these PSM programs can apply for admission to the 4+1 accelerated option for completion of the degree. PSM programs provide specific curricula and training for workforce entry or re-entry.

This program of study can prepare students for graduate study in a traditional science discipline and many Natural Sciences graduates have found employment in technical fields.

Dr. Susan Varnum, Program Director
Professor of Chemistry
Associate Dean for Science Education​
College of Science and Technology​
629 Gladfelter Hall
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. For Natural Sciences majors, the following courses will satisfy the writing-intensive requirement: SCTC 2396 and SCTC 4396.
    • 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 (60-69 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 Organismal Biology
Honors Introduction to Organismal Biology (S)
Select one of the following:4
General Biology II (S)
Introduction to Cellular and Molecular Biology
Honors Introduction to Cellular and Molecular Biology (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)
College of Science & Technology
Select one of the following: 14
STEM Challenge: The World Around Us
STEM Challenge: The World Within
SCTC 2396Writing for Science and Technology3
SCTC 4396Paradigms of Scientific Knowledge: Knowledge Discovery from Scientific Data3
Computer Programming/Physics
Select one of the following:3-4
Introduction to Problem Solving and Programming in Python
Introduction to Web Technology and Programming
Programming in Matlab
Introduction to Astronomy (F)
Earth & Environmental Science
EES 2001Physical Geology4
Mathematics
Select one of the following:4-8
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
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)
Science Electives
Four Upper-Level (2000+) Science Electives 212-16
Total Credit Hours60-69
(F) - Fall only course
(S) - Spring only course

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

Courses listed under the major requirements for the degree will be included in the calculation of the major GPA. Courses that could not apply toward the major as an elective or required course would not be counted in the calculation of 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 2018-2019 Academic Year

Year 1
FallCredit Hours
Select one of the following:14
STEM Challenge: The World Around Us 
STEM Challenge: The World Within 
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 
Honors Calculus I (F) 
General Education/Elective Credits3
 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 Organismal Biology 
Honors Introduction to Organismal Biology (S) 
EES 2001Physical Geology4
General Education/Elective Credits7
 Term Credit Hours15
Spring
Select one of the following:4
General Biology II (S) 
Introduction to Cellular and Molecular Biology 
Honors Introduction to Cellular and Molecular Biology (F) 
Science Elective (2000+)33-4
General Education/Elective Credits9-8
 Term Credit Hours16
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 Elective (2000+)33-4
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) 
SCTC 2396Writing for Science and Technology [WI]3
General Education/Elective Credits8
 Term Credit Hours15
Year 4
Fall
SCTC 4396Paradigms of Scientific Knowledge: Knowledge Discovery from Scientific Data [WI]3
Select one of the following:3-4
Introduction to Problem Solving and Programming in Python 
Introduction to Web Technology and Programming 
Programming in Matlab 
Introduction to Astronomy (F) 
Science Elective (2000+)33-4
General Education/Elective Credits6-4
 Term Credit Hours15
Spring
Science Elective (2000+)33-4
General Education/Elective Credits13-12
 Term Credit Hours16
 Total Credit Hours: 123
(F) - Fall only course
(S) - Spring only course