Jun 05, 2023  
2020-2021 Undergraduate Catalog 
2020-2021 Undergraduate Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Physical Science B.A./B.S.

Physical science is an interdisciplinary major that deals with nonliving matter.

Bachelor’s degree requirements

Students may earn a Bachelor of Science or a Bachelor of Arts degree. Although the classes within the major are the same for the BA or the BS degree, the college’s basic requirements for the two degrees will differ as described in the College of Arts and Sciences section. (The significant difference between the BA and the BS for the Physical Science degree is that the BA requires the equivalent of a level 4 in a foreign language sequence.)

Both the BA and the BS require a minimum of 120 credits for degree completion. A minimum of 37 of these credits must be from classes within the major. Students must also complete the College of Arts and Sciences basic requirements for degree. These requirements can be individualized so working with an advisor is recommended.

Students majoring in Physical Science must earn grades of C or better in all courses required for the major, including electives and transfer work.

Choose from the following:

Electives must be selected from the following:

  • Computing and information sciences—CIS 200 to 799
  • Chemistry—CHM 350, CHM 351, CHM 371, CHM 500 to 799
  • Geology—GEOL 100, GEOL 102, GEOL 103, GEOL 105,  GEOL 501 to 799, except GEOL 512
  • Geography—GEOG 235, GEOG 302, GEOG 508, GEOG 535, GEOG 605, GEOG 711, GEOG 725, GEOG 735 
  • Mathematics—MATH 221, MATH 222, MATH 240, MATH 510, MATH 540 or MATH 551 
  • Physics—PHYS 122, PHYS 191, PHYS 300 or above, except PHYS 515
  • Statistics—STAT 341, STAT 510 or above 


Problems, seminar, and topics courses are not acceptable unless listed above.  At least five elective hours must have a prerequisite.

Total credit hours required for graduation: (120)