Catalog • 2011-2012

General Science – Major

For information, contact Mr. Brian Exton.

Program Description

This major is designed to allow science-oriented students to gain a broadly-based science background for use with a variety of associated vocations, including teaching, business, writing, communications and the legal professions. Defined programs are the General Science major with Secondary Education co-major, and General Science without teacher certification. The secondary education program permits teaching general or physical science in grades 7-12.

Program Mission Statement

The mission of the General Science Program is to offer a variety of courses that are easily accessible by way of their introductory content and flexible scheduling, and that fulfill the Natural Science designation of the LAC. For students with a deeper interest, the General Science major provides a broadly-based science background for use with a variety of associated vocations such as business, writing or communications, and teaching. The required introductory courses of the GSC major develop basic competencies in the physical, chemical, biological, and earth sciences. Through advanced coursework, students come to understand these concepts as they relate to more complex global scientific and environmental issues. Interdisciplinary courses are infused with connections to the liberal arts, and provide opportunities for students to hone their communication and leadership skills. Finally, the General Science Program is integrated with the Secondary Education co-major, which prepares future teachers who are competent, creative, and committed to lives of public service.

Total number of credits required by program

Students pursuing the General Science major with Secondary Education co-major complete between 51 and 55 credits, which does not include course requirements for the Secondary Education co-major. Students pursuing the General Science major without teacher certification complete between 42 and 45 credits.

Program Requirements

Teacher certification candidates must have at least a 3.0 cumulative grade-point average to be admitted to the student-teaching term, as well as a 3.0 cumulative grade-point average in the major.

An overall grade-point average of at least 2.0 in the science and cognate courses is required for the General Science major without teacher certification and at least 24 of the credits in science courses must be completed on the Cedar Crest campus.

Requirements for the General Science Major with Secondary Education Co-major

BIO 121 Principles of Biology I 4 credits
BIO 122 Principles of Biology II 4 credits
BIO 235 Ecology, Evolution, and Genetics 4 credits
CHE 111 Chemical Principles 4 credits
CHE 112 Chemical Equilibrium and Analysis 4 credits
PHY 101 Introductory College Physics I 4 credits
PHY 102 Introductory College Physics II 4 credits
Plus 1 or 2 credits of Hawk Mountain course offerings (see listing under Biology).

Plus choose three from the following courses:
GSC 101 Physical Geology 4 credits
GSC 103 Astronomy 4 credits
GSC 104 Historical Geology 3 credits
GSC 105 Energy Resources 3 credits
GSC 106 Weather and Climate 4 credits
GSC 110 Geology of the National Parks 3 credits

Plus choose one from the following courses:
BIO 207 Botany 4 credits
BIO 221 Marine Biology 4 credits
BIO 227 Microbiology 4 credits
CHE 203 Survey of Organic Chemistry 4 credits
CHE 205 Organic Chemistry I 4 credits

Plus 6 credits in mathematics from the following courses:
MAT 102 College Mathematics 3 credits
MAT 110 Probability and Statistics 3 credits
MAT 140 Precalculus 3 credits
(or any higher level mathematics course)

Plus one course in computer science (CIS 101 or EDU 306 or equivalent)

In addition, the student must meet all course requirements established by the education department for the Secondary Education co-major. The student must also maintain a complete portfolio of all laboratory experiments encountered throughout the science program courses. This portfolio must be submitted for examination at the end of each year.

The capstone experience requirement is satisfied during the student teaching semester, EDU 373 and 374.

Requirements for the General Science Major without teacher certification

Students majoring in General Science without teacher certification are urged to pursue a major or minor in a peripheral field that will utilize the science background provided by this program.

BIO 121 Principles of Biology I 4 credits
BIO 122 Principles of Biology II 4 credits
CHE 111 Chemical Principles 4 credits
CHE 112 Chemical Equilibrium and Analysis 4 credits
PHY 101 Introductory College Physics I 4 credits
PHY 102 Introductory College Physics II 4 credits
GSC 351 General Science Seminar 3 credits
(or an approved internship or seminar)

Plus choose three from the following courses:
GSC 101 Physical Geology 4 credits
GSC 103 Astronomy 4 credits
GSC 104 Historical Geology 3 credits
GSC 105 Energy Resources 3 credits
GSC 106 Weather and Climate 4 credits
GSC 110 Geology of the National Parks 3 credits

Plus choose one (3 credits) from the following mathematics courses:
MAT 102 College Mathematics 3 credits
MAT 105 Finite Mathematics 3 credits
MAT 140 Precalculus 3 credits
(or any higher level mathematics course)

Plus one course in computer science (CIS 101 or equivalent)

Fulfillment of LAC Requirements

The college-wide requirements of Oral Presentation, Technology, and Information Literacy are embedded in the General Science major. The Oral Presentation requirement is met through completion of BIO 121 and BIO 122, which are required courses for the General Science major. To address the Technology competency, many courses in the major have been designed to engage in data searches and data organization, data analysis, and require the presentation and communication of data. By completing the course requirements of the major, a student fulfills the competency requirement for Technology. To address the Information Literacy competency, many courses in the major require students to frame research questions, to access and evaluate sources and content, to use information for specific purposes, and to consider the ethical and legal issues affecting the use of information. By completing the course requirements of the major, a student fulfills the competency requirements for Information Literacy.

Students pursuing the General Science major with Secondary Education co-major fulfill the Mathematics & Logic requirement by completing the two required math courses. Students pursuing the General Science major without teacher certification must take one math course for the major, and may complete the requirement through other LAC options.