Natural Sciences, B.S.

Learn more about the Bachelor of Science in Natural Sciences.

The Bachelor of Science (B.S.) 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.

This major provides necessary coursework for pre-health programs, entry level science positions, and a variety of graduate programs both disciplinary and interdisclipinary. In particular, this is an excellent background for students wishing to enter graduate programs in education, forensic science, scientific writing or editing, or science technology areas.

In the Bachelor of Science degree, there is greater emphasis on depth of science content knowledge and application of knowledge compared with the Bachelor of Arts in Natural Sciences. The B.S. degree requires additional science coursework and offers more advanced study in natural sciences. This option provides more flexibility for students declaring the B.S. in Natural Sciences later in their undergraduate course of study as they can apply more disciplinary science courses to meet the additional science requirements of this degree.

Students in this program can apply to our Professional Science Master's (PSM) programs in the following areas: Forensic Chemistry and Scientific Writing. Students interest 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.

Undergraduate Contact Information:

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

Bachelor of Science

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).
  3. Major Requirements for Bachelor of Science (74-85 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
    SCTC 1501STEM Challenge: The World Around Us4
    SCTC 1502STEM Challenge: The World Within4
    SCTC 2396Writing for Science and Technology3
    SCTC 4396Paradigms of Scientific Knowledge: Knowledge Discovery from Scientific Data3
    Computer Programming/Physics
    Select two of the following:7-8
    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
    Differential and Integral Calculus
    Calculus I
    Honors Calculus I
    Select one of the following: 10-4
    Calculus II
    Honors Calculus II
    Introduction to Probability and Statistics for the Life Sciences
    Philosophy/History
    Select one of the following:3
    Perspectives on Science and Mathematics (WI)
    History of Science 2
    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 312-16
    Science Breadth Electives
    Select one of the following:3-4
    Fundamentals of Biological Anthropology
    Environment and Society
    Probability and Statistics
    Environmental Ethics
    Philosophical Perspectives on the Environment
    Special Topics in Science and Technology
    Medical Imaging Physics - Seeing Through Ourselves
    SERC: Science of Energy Resource Consumption
    Select one of the following:3-4
    Any Upper-Level (2000+) CST Course
    Total Credit Hours74-85
    (F) - Fall only course
    (S) - Spring only course

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 Science in Natural Sciences

Requirements for New Students starting in the 2018-2019 Academic Year

Year 1
FallCredit Hours
Select one of the following:4
General Chemistry I 
Honors General Chemical Science I 
Select one of the following:4
Differential and Integral Calculus 
Calculus I 
Honors Calculus I 
SCTC 1501STEM Challenge: The World Around Us4
ENG 0802, 0812, or 0902Analytical Reading and Writing [GW]4
 Term Credit Hours16
Spring
Select one of the following:4
General Chemistry II 
Honors General Chemical Science II 
Select one of the following:10-4
Calculus II 
Honors Calculus II 
Introduction to Probability and Statistics for the Life Sciences 
SCTC 1502STEM Challenge: The World Within4
IH 0851 or 0951Intellectual Heritage I: The Good Life [GY]3
Elective Credits4-0
 Term Credit Hours15
Year 2
Fall
Select one of the following:4
General Biology I 
Introduction to Organismal Biology 
Honors Introduction to Organismal Biology 
EES 2001Physical Geology4
IH 0852 or 0952Intellectual Heritage II: The Common Good [GZ]3
Elective Credits4
 Term Credit Hours15
Spring
Select one of the following:4
General Biology II 
Introduction to Cellular and Molecular Biology 
Honors Introduction to Cellular and Molecular Biology 
Science Elective (2000+)23-4
GenEd Breadth Course3
Elective Credits6-5
 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 
General Physics I 
Honors General Physics I 
Select one of the following:3
Perspectives on Science and Mathematics [WI] 
History of Science 
Science Elective (2000+)23-4
GenEd Breadth Course3-4
Elective Credits2-0
 Term Credit Hours15
Spring
Select one of the following:4
Introduction to General Physics II 
Elementary Classical Physics II 
Honors Elementary Classical Physics II 
General Physics II 
Honors General Physics II 
Select one of the following:4
Introduction to Problem Solving and Programming in Python 
Introduction to Web Technology and Programming 
Programming in Matlab 
SCTC 2396Writing for Science and Technology [WI]3
GenEd Breadth Course3
Elective Credit1
 Term Credit Hours15
Year 4
Fall
Select one of the following:3-4
Introduction to Astronomy 
Introduction to Problem Solving and Programming in Python 
Introduction to Web Technology and Programming 
Programming in Matlab 
Science Elective (2000+)23-4
Science Breadth Elective33-4
GenEd Breadth Course3
Elective Credits3-0
 Term Credit Hours15
Spring
SCTC 4396Paradigms of Scientific Knowledge: Knowledge Discovery from Scientific Data [WI]3
Science Elective (2000+)23-4
Science Breadth Elective33-4
GenEd Breadth Course3
Elective Credits4-2
 Term Credit Hours16
 Total Credit Hours: 123