ACADEMICS

  • Natural Science

    Natural Science is an interdisciplinary science major for students interested in environmental science, allied health professions, science teaching, or other areas that can benefit from a broad scientific background. The major affords students an opportunity to discover scientific fundamentals as part of a general education while preparing for graduate study or employment in a scientific field.

    The Environmental Science concentration within the Natural Science major is for students interested in pursuing environmentally-related technical careers or further study in the technical aspects of environmental issues. The concentration provides students with a foundation in the scientific techniques, analyses and tools for assessing human impacts on environmental systems and mitigating or remediating environmental harm.

    Completion of the Natural Science degree requirements may prepare students for advanced study in a health profession. Students work closely with an advisor to choose major core and elective courses that will fulfill the prerequisites for admission to such a program. Some students in the Natural Science major may choose to apply for admission to the Nuclear Medicine Technology concentration or the Accelerated Pharmacy Program (see below).

    Many students in the Natural Science major are interested in science education. Students in the Elementary Education major may choose Natural Science as a second major. Students interested in teaching science at the middle or secondary school level may choose the concentration in General Science Education or the concentration in Earth Science Education within the Natural Science major. These students are encouraged to declare a minor in
    Secondary School Education.

    The major in Natural Science, pre-MBA concentration is for students planning a business career in a scientific or technical field. Foundation science courses help students understand the principles underlying technologies in fields such as biotech, electronics, or instrumentation. The business and economics courses are designed to prepare students for application to an MBA program and may result in graduate course waivers, shortening the period of graduate study.

    NOTE: Students completing the Natural Science major fulfill the 12 credit general education
    (LASC) requirements in Natural Systems and Processes and Quantitative Reasoning.

    Requirements for a Major in Natural Science: 41 credits
    Two courses in mathematics, chosen from the following: 6 credits

    • MA 180 or MA 150 (only one of these may be applied to the major)
    • MA 190 or any MA course at 200 level or above

    (Note: Education students may substitute the MA 130-132 sequence for
    MA 180 above)

    Nine science courses, including six core courses and three electives:

    Core science courses: 23 credits
    Three one-year sequences chosen from three of the following four disciplines: Biology, Chemistry, Earth Science, Physics.
    The three disciplines are chosen according to a student’s career plans, in consultation with an advisor.

    The one-year sequences are:

    • BI 140
    • BI 141
    • Intro. to Organismal Biology AND Intro. to Cellular and Molecular Biology 8 credits
    • CH 120 and CH 121 General Chemistry I and II 8 credits
    • GS 101 and GS 140 Physical Geography and Physical Geology 7 credits
    • PY 221 and PY 222 General Physics I and II OR
    • PY 241 and PY 242 Physics I and II 8 credits
    • 3 additional science electives at the 200 level or above: 9 credits
    In the case of courses for which the lab component is assigned a separate course number, only the lecture component of the course will be counted towards this requirement.
    • NS 400 Natural Science Seminar

    Requirements for a Major in Natural Science, Concentration in Environmental Science: 58-62 credits
    Mathematics and Computer Science (10 credits)

    • MA 150 Statistics or MA 302 Probability and Statistics 3 credits
    • MA 190 or any MA course at 200 level or above 4 credits
    • CS 135 Programming for non-CS Majors 3 credits

    One Environmental Policy course (3 credits):

    • GE 240 Energy Conservation
    • GE 258 Global Environmental Change
    • GE 359/UR 360 Environmental Systems and Public Policy

    Required Natural Science courses (6 credits):

    • NS 150 Environmental Science 3 credits
    • NS 400 Natural Science Seminar 3 credits

    Required Biology courses (12 credits):

    • BI 140 Introduction to Organismal Biology 4 credits
    • BI 141 Introduction to Cellular and Molecular Biology 4 credits
    • BI 202 Ecology 4 credits

    Required Chemistry courses (11 credits):

    • CH 120 General Chemistry I 4 credits
    • CH 121 General Chemistry II 4 credits
    • CH 320 Environmental Chemistry 3 credits

    Required Geoscience courses (11 credits)

    • GS 101 Physical Geography 3 credits
    • GS 140 Physical Geology 4 credits
    • GS 216 Geographic Information Systems 4

    One course from:

    • CH 335 Green Chemistry 3 credits
    • BI 334 Wildlife Investigative Techniques 4 credits
    • GS 370 Lakes and Environmental Change 4 credits

    One elective course from the following:

    • BI 331 Marine Biology 4 credits
    • BI 340 Plant Sciences 4 credits
    • BI 344 Soil Biology 4 credits
    • BI 380 Biodiversity and Conservation Biology 4 credits
    • CH 330 Environmental Toxicology 3 credits
    • GE 341 Fundamentals of Renewable Energy 3 credits
    • GS 218 Introduction to Remote Sensing 3 credits
    • GS 225 Oceanography 3 credits
    • GS 230 Biogeography 3 credits
    • GS 235 Contemporary Climate Change 3 credits
    • GS 250 Hydrology 3 credits
    • GS 260 Introduction to Soil Science 3 credits
    • GS 318 Geographic Information Systems II 3 credits
    • GS 335 Hydrogeology 3 credits
    • GS 470, BI 401, CH 455, or NS 412 Special Topics (with permission of advisor)

    Requirements for a Major in Natural Science, pre-MBA Concentration: 60 credits
    (For Track I students the 6 credit Quantitative Reasoning and 6 credit Natural Systems and Processes General Education (LASC) requirements are fulfilled, so the effective number of required credits is 45.

    For Track II students the 12 credit Natural Science and Mathematics Distribution
    Requirement is fulfilled so the number of required credits is 45.)
    (See Academic Policies and Procedures– General Education Requirements for more information).

    Economics and Business Administration (18 credits):

    • EC 110 Introduction to Microeconomics 3 credits
    • EC 120 Introduction to Macroeconomics 3 credits
    • BA 200 Principles of Management and Organizational Behavior 3 credits
    • BA 210 Fundamentals of Accounting I 3 credits
    • BA 220 Fundamentals of Accounting II 3 credits
    • BA 316 Financial Management or BA 318: Principles of Marketing 3 credits

    Mathematics (7 credits):

    • MA 150 Statistics I or MA 302 Probability and Statistics 3 credits
    • MA 200 Calculus I or MA 202 Business Calculus 4 credits

    Core science courses (see major requirements) (23-24 credits):
    Three one-year sequences chosen from three of the following four disciplines:

    • BI 140 and BI 141 8 credits
    • CH 120 and CH 121 8 credits
    • GS 101 and GS 140 7 credits
    • PY 221 and PY 222 or PY 241 and PY 242 8 credits
    • 3 additional science electives at the 200 level or above 9 credits

    NS 400: Natural Science Seminar 3 credits

    Requirements for a Major in Natural Science, Concentration in Earth Science Education (Middle/Secondary):
    54 credits
    Mathematics (12 credits)

    • MA 130 Number and Operations for Teachers
    • MA-131 Patterns, Functions and Algebra for Teachers
    • MA-132 Geometry, Measurement, Probability and Statistics for Teachers
    • MA 190 Pre-calculus or any MA course at 200 level or above

    Earth Science (17 credits)

    • GS 101 Physical Geography
    • GS 110 Meteorology
    • GS 140 Physical Geology
    • GS 216 Geographic Information Systems I
    • GS 225 Oceanography

    Physics (11 credits)

    • PY 101 Introduction to Astronomy
    • PY 221 & 222 General Physics I and II or PY 241 & 242 Physics I and II

    Biology (4 credits)

    • BI 140 Introduction to Organismal Biology
    • Chemistry (4 credits)
    • CH 110 Introduction to General, Organic, and Biochemistry I (May substitute CH 120 & 121 General Chemistry I and II)

    Additional Required Course (3 credits)

    • NS 201 Science and Society

    Required for All Natural Science Majors (3 credits)

    • NS 400 Natural Science Seminar

    Optional Recommended Courses (17 credits)

    • BI 202 Principles of Ecology
    • GS 220 Earth History
    • GS 235 Contemporary Climate Change
    • GS 245 Planetary Geology
    • GS 250 Hydrology

    Additional Optional Course (4 credits)

    • BI 141 Introduction to Cellular and Molecular Biology

    Requirements for a Major in Natural Science Concentration in General Science Education (Middle): 54 credits
    Mathematics (12 credits)

    • MA 130 Number and Operations for Teachers
    • MA-131 Patterns, Functions and Algebra for Teachers
    • MA-132 Geometry, Measurement, Probability and Statistics for Teachers
    • MA 190 Precalculus or any MA course at 200 level or above

    Physics (11 credits)

    • PY 101 Astronomy
    • PY 221 & 222 General Physics I and II or PY 241 & 242 Physics I and II

    Biology (8 credits)

    • BI 140 Introduction to Organismal Biology
    • BI 141 Introduction to Cellular and Molecular Biology

    Chemistry (4-8 credits)

    • CH 110 Introduction to General, Organic, and Biochemistry I or CH 120 & 121 General Chemistry I and II

    Earth Science (7 Credits)

    • GS 101 Physical Geography
    • GS 140 Physical Geology

    Additional Required Courses (9 credits)

    • NS 201 Science and Society
    • GS 110 Meteorology
    • One elective (BI, CH, GS, or PY) at 200 level or above

    Required for All Natural Science Majors (3 credits)

    • NS 400 Natural Science Seminar

    Optional Recommended Course (4 credits)

    • NS 120 Integrated Science I

    Requirements for a Major in Natural Science, Concentration in Nuclear Medicine Technology:
    (See program description under Biology.) Students must meet with the Worcester State University NMT coordinator in order to apply for admission to this program.

    Requirements for a Major in Natural Science and to meet the prerequisites for the Accelerated Pharmacy Program with Massachusetts College of Pharmacy and Health Science University (MCPHS) (Please see program description.) MCPHS prerequisites require completing the Natural Science degree with the following
    courses:

    • MA 150 Statistics
    • MA 200 Calculus
    • MA 201 Calculus II
    • BI 140 Introduction to Organismal Biology
    • BI 141 Introduction to Cellular and Molecular Biology
    • CH 120 General Chemistry I
    • CH 121 General Chemistry II
    • CH 201/203 Organic Chemistry I with Laboratory
    • CH 202/204 Organic Chemistry II with Laboratory
    • PY 221 General Physics I
    • PY 222 General Physics II
    • BI 204 Microbiology
    • NS 400 Natural Science Seminar