Modeled after the existing Natural Sciences bachelor's degree programs, the Minor in Natural Sciences is available to students from both the College of Science and Technology (CST) and other colleges. For students outside of CST who have previously taken a small number of CST classes either for their major or to gain exposure to one or more of the natural science disciplines, this minor offers opportunities to explore further and gain a natural science credential. For CST students switching programs to another college, the Natural Sciences minor allows them to document completed science coursework.

Campus Location: Main

Undergraduate Contact Information

Susan Varnum, Program Director and Professor of Chemistry
Senior Associate Dean for Undergraduate Affairs and Science Education​
College of Science and Technology​
Gladfelter Hall, Room 629

Minor Requirements

To earn a minor in Natural Sciences, students must meet the requirements listed below. Please note that many of these courses have Math course prerequisites that, if not already satisfied by major degree requirements, may add to the Total Credit Hours for the minor. For more information, please consult the course descriptions or ask an academic advisor.

Residency Requirements: At least 12 credits required for the minor must be completed at Temple. At least 12 SCTC credits must be completed at Temple.

College of Science and Technology
SCTC 1013Elements of Data Science for the Physical and Life Sciences3
SCTC 1301Problem Solving in Science2
SCTC 1501STEM Challenge: The World Around Us4
or SCTC 1502 STEM Challenge: The World Within
SCTC 2396Writing for Science and Technology3
SCTC 3001History of Science3
SCTC 3312Coding STEM Lessons1
Laboratory Science 1 1
Select one of the following:4
General Biology I
Introduction to Organismal Biology
Honors Introduction to Organismal Biology
General Chemistry I
and General Chemistry Laboratory I
Honors General Chemical Science I
and Honors Chemical Science Laboratory I (F)
Physical Geology
Introduction to General Physics I
Elementary Classical Physics I
Honors Elementary Classical Physics I
General Physics I
Honors General Physics I
Laboratory Science 2 1
Select one of the following:3-4
General Biology II
Introduction to Biomolecules, Cells and Genomes
Honors Introduction to Biomolecules, Cells and Genomes
Introduction to Cellular and Molecular Biology
Honors Introduction to Cellular and Molecular Biology
General Chemistry II
and General Chemistry Laboratory II
Honors General Chemical Science II
and Honors Chemical Science Laboratory II
Sedimentary Environments
Introduction to Astronomy (F)
Introduction to General Physics II
Elementary Classical Physics II
Honors Elementary Classical Physics II
General Physics II
Honors General Physics II
Total Credit Hours23-24

The two laboratory science courses must be from the same department.