General Science

Bachelor of Arts
School of Sciences and Social Sciences

The B.A. in General Science provides a broad-based foundation in three major areas: Earth/Space Science, Life Science, and Physical Science. This major would provide general science knowledge for working in science museums, zoos, science camps, or state or national parks. It is an ideal major for the preservice elementary or middle school teacher as it addresses national recommendations for improving science education with an activity and hands-on focus. The middle school option meets N.H. state certification requirements for grades 5-9.

INTEGRATIVE STUDIES REQUIREMENTS

40 credits minimum

MAJOR REQUIREMENTS

All students must complete the core courses and select one of the program options.

Core Courses

28 credits

INASTR 101 Introduction to Astronomy
BIO 110 Molecules and Cells
BIO 111 Evolution
INGEOL 151 Physical Geology
GEOL 206 Oceanography
INMET 225 Meteorology
Select one of the following:

  • MATH 120 Applied Algebra and Trigonometry
  • MATH 130 Precalculus
  • MATH 151 Calculus I

Option 1: Bachelor of Arts

48 credits

In addition to the core courses, the following must be taken:

  • MATH 141 Introductory Statistics
  • BIO 210 Ecology
  • INCHEM 111 General Chemistry I
  • CHEM 112 General Chemistry II
  • CHEM 221 Organic I
  • CHEM 222 Organic II
  • GEOL 252 Evolution of the Earth
  • INPHYS 141 College Physics I
  • PHYS 142 College Physics II
  • In addition to the requirements listed above for option 1, complete a specialization (three or more additional courses at the 300 level or higher) in one of the following areas: Biology, Chemistry, Environmental Studies, or Geology.

Option 2: Elementary or Early Childhood

20 credits

In addition to the core courses, the following must be taken:

  • INCHEM 103 Fundamentals of Chemistry
  • INPHYS 201 Phenomenal Science
  • GS 301 The Web of Science
  • In addition to the requirements listed above for option 2, select two additional science courses (8 credits) at the 200 level or higher in either the same or different areas of the following sciences: Biology, Chemistry, Environmental Studies, and/or Geology.

Option 3: Middle School Option

32 credits

In addition to the core courses, the following must be taken:

  • INCHEM 111 General Chemistry I
  • CHEM 112 General Chemistry II
  • BIO 210 Ecology
  • MATH 141 Introductory Statistics
  • INPHYS 201 Phenomenal Science
  • IIPHYS 210 History of Science
  • In addition to the requirements listed above for option 3, complete a specialization (two or more additional courses at the 200 level or higher) in one of the following areas: Biology, Chemistry, Environmental Studies, or Geology.

Teacher Certification

Dual Major in Education

  • Elementary Education
  • Secondary Education

DEGREE REQUIREMENTS

B.A. in General Science – option 1
120 credits (76 major)

B.A. in General Science/Education – dual major

  • Elementary – option 2
    136 credits (48 major, 48 elementary education)
  • Middle School – option 3
    130 credits (60 major, 34 education)