General Science

http://gensci.uoregon.edu

Jana Prikryl, Program Director
541-346-3288
65C Klamath Hall

The general science curriculum allows students to design academic programs that satisfy the requirements for a bachelor of science degree and provide more breadth than traditional science programs. Many exciting areas of scientific inquiry, such as bioinformatics, neuroscience, environmental science, and biophysical science, require broad science backgrounds and encompass several disciplines. Students planning technical careers in one of these areas or careers in the health sciences, in science education, or in a science-related business or social service might be best served by a well-designed multidisciplinary science program.

One strength of the General Science Program is its flexibility. To exploit that strength, students need to design their programs carefully, consulting frequently with the general science director. Course sequences that meet requirements for professional schools and training programs should be selected in consultation with the program director or university advisors that specialize in the specific area (for example the Health Professions Program advisors). Students should seek assistance in program planning when they identify or change career goals, because successful application to professional schools and training programs may require completion of additional courses beyond those required for the general science major.

Examples of cross-disciplinary fields, and the subject-matter areas that might be combined in designing a program, are given below:

  • Animal behavior and ethology—anthropology, biology, psychology
  • Biophysical sciences—biology, chemistry, human physiology, physics
  • Cognitive sciences—computer and information science, mathematics, psychology
  • Environmental sciences—biology, chemistry, earth sciences, geography, physics
  • Neurosciences—biology, chemistry, psychology

General science majors are encouraged to consult with the program director during their junior year to ensure that their remaining course work is structured to meet all the requirements for the major. Students should notify the General Science Program office of their intention to graduate at least one term before the proposed graduation date.

Preparation

High school students planning to major in general science should take as much mathematics as possible, including two years of algebra and trigonometry. They should also take science courses in their areas of interest. Students planning to transfer into the General Science Program after two years at a community college or at another college or university should complete courses equivalent to the lower-division requirements listed in this catalog and as many of the university’s general-education requirements for a bachelor’s degree as possible. Acceptance of transfer courses and credits is determined by evaluators in the Office of Admissions in consultation with departmental advisors.

Upon admission, transfer students should consult with the general science director in the program office.

Careers

Through the General Science Program, prehealth science students preparing for careers in medicine, dentistry, or related fields can meet professional school admission requirements. General science, when combined with a minor or a second major, can work well for students planning careers in science-related business, public relations, and human services.

Undergraduate Studies

Bachelor of Arts Degree Requirements

Lower Division 144-56
Calculus I-II
Calculus for the Biological Sciences I-II
Select three sequences or three-course combinations from the following; two sequences must include labs:
Anthropology
Introduction to Biological Anthropology
Select two of the following:
Introduction to Monkeys and Apes
Evolution of Human Sexuality
Human Evolution
Human Biological Variation
Biology
General Biology I-IV (choose three)
Honors Biology I-III
Chemistry
Select one of the following:
General Chemistry
and General Chemistry Laboratory
Honors General Chemistry
and Advanced General Chemistry Laboratory
Computer and Information Science
Computer Science I-III
Geography
The Natural Environment
Select two of the following:
Our Digital Earth
Climatology
Geomorphology
Biogeography
Global Environmental Change
Earth Sciences
Dynamic Planet Earth
Earth's Surface and Environment
History of Life
Physics
Select one of the following:
General Physics
and Introductory Physics Laboratory
Foundations of Physics I
and Foundations of Physics Laboratory
Upper Division32
32 credits of approved upper-division science courses (for a complete list of approved courses see the General Science Program website gensci.uoregon.edu/general-science-checksheet) 2
Total Credits76-88

Bachelor of Science Degree Requirements

Lower Division 144-56
Calculus I-II
Calculus for the Biological Sciences I-II
Select three sequences or three-course combinations from the following; two sequences must include labs:
Anthropology
Introduction to Biological Anthropology
Select two of the following:
Introduction to Monkeys and Apes
Evolution of Human Sexuality
Human Evolution
Human Biological Variation
Biology
General Biology I-IV (choose three)
Honors Biology I-III
Chemistry
Select one of the following:
General Chemistry
and General Chemistry Laboratory
Honors General Chemistry
and Advanced General Chemistry Laboratory
Computer and Information Science
Computer Science I-III
Geography
The Natural Environment
Select two of the following:
Our Digital Earth
Climatology
Geomorphology
Biogeography
Global Environmental Change
Earth Sciences
Dynamic Planet Earth
Earth's Surface and Environment
History of Life
Physics
Select one of the following:
General Physics
and Introductory Physics Laboratory
Foundations of Physics I
and Foundations of Physics Laboratory
Upper Division32
32 credits of approved upper-division science courses (for a complete list of approved courses see the General Science Program website gensci.uoregon.edu/general-science-checksheet) 2
Total Credits76-88

General science courses must be completed with grades of C– or P (pass) or better. Courses graded N (no pass) or F may be repeated for credit, in accordance with university policy.

The upper-division requirements are for students who declared the general science major fall 2000 or later. Students who declared the major before fall 2000 follow the requirements that were in effect when they declared the major. Upper-division credits used to satisfy minimum requirements of another major may not be used to satisfy upper-division requirements in general science. At least 24 upper-division science credits must be completed at the University of Oregon to meet the general science residency requirement.

Upper-division courses may be selected from the general science website.

Honors Program

Students preparing to graduate with honors in general science should notify the program director no later than the first term of the senior year.

Honors in general science centers on a thesis, which is the culmination of research conducted under the direction of a faculty advisor. The advisor does not need to be a member of the general science committee.

To graduate with honors, students must have at least a 3.50 overall grade point average and a GPA of 3.50 or better in the sciences. In addition, they must complete 9 credits of Research (401) or Thesis (403) or both in the appropriate department. These credits must be distributed over at least two terms and cannot be used to fulfill emphasis-area requirements.

Upon approval of the thesis by the advisor and the program director, honors in general sciences are awarded.

For guidelines and calendar, see a general science program director.

Program Planning

Information about program planning and detailed sample programs are available in the General Science Program office. Prehealth science students who choose the general science major should design their programs to meet the admission requirements of the professional school of their choice. See also Preparatory Programs in the Academic Resources section of this catalog.

Kindergarten through Secondary Teaching Careers

An academic major in general science can provide a strong background for certain teacher-education licensure programs. Students interested in teaching general science in middle school and junior high school should be aware that the integrated science endorsement requires broader preparation than the minimum requirements for the general science major. The College of Education offers a fifth-year program for middle-secondary teaching licensure in science. See the College of Education section of this catalog.

Four-Year Degree Plan

The degree plan shown is only a sample of how students may complete their degrees in four years. There are alternative ways. Students should consult their advisor to determine the best path for them.

Bachelor of Science in General Science with Education Focus

Degree Map
First Year
FallMilestonesCredits
CH 111 Introduction to Chemical Principles Ideal for solid preparation for CH 2214
MATH 111 College Algebra Students should plan to start the degree with MATH courses; mathematics placement test determines which MATH course one should take first4
WR 121 College Composition I 4
General-education course 4
 Credits 16
Winter
MATH 112 Elementary Functions 4
WR 122
College Composition II
or College Composition III
4
BI 211 General Biology I: Cells Biology sequence fulfills the life science sequence with laboratory4
General-education course that also satisfies multicultural requirement 4
 Credits 16
Spring
BI 212 General Biology II: Organisms 4
MATH 251 Calculus I 4
General-education course that also satisfies multicultural requirement 4
General-education course 4
 Credits 16
Second Year
Fall
BI 213
General Biology III: Populations
or General Biology IV: Mechanisms
BI 213 or 214 are prerequisites for all upper-division biology courses4
CH 221
General Chemistry I
or General Physics
Physical science sequence with laboratory can be either chemistry or physics4
CH 227
General Chemistry Laboratory
or Introductory Physics Laboratory
2
General-education course 4
 Credits 14
Winter
CH 222
General Chemistry II
or General Physics
4
CH 228
General Chemistry Laboratory
or Introductory Physics Laboratory
2
MATH 252 Calculus II 4
General-education course 4
 Credits 14
Spring
CH 223
General Chemistry III
or General Physics
CH 223 is a prerequisite for CH 3314
CH 229
General Chemistry Laboratory
or Introductory Physics Laboratory
2
MATH 243
Introduction to Methods of Probability and Statistics
or Statistical Methods I
Basic mathematics preparation requires 24 credits of MATH; 8 must be upper-division credits4
General-education course 4
 Credits 14
Third Year
Fall
GEOL 201 Dynamic Planet Earth Geology sequence fulfills the earth science sequence with laboratory 4
CH 331 Organic Chemistry I Choose either upper-division biology courses or organic chemistry sequence; major requires 32 upper-division credits (including 12 graded credits in one department and 12 graded credits in another)4
General-education course 4
Elective course Consider taking electives from the College of Education4
 Credits 16
Winter
GEOL 202 Earth's Surface and Environment 4
CH 335 Organic Chemistry II See biology and chemistry and biochemistry departments about minor requirements4
Elective courses 8
 Credits 16
Spring
GEOL 203 History of Life 4
CH 336 Organic Chemistry III 4
Upper-division elective courses All student must take 62 upper-division credits. Many education programs require practical experience working with children; this experience might qualify for internship credit.8
 Credits 16
Fourth Year
Fall
Upper-division geology course 4
Upper-division mathematics or elective course Basic mathematics preparation requires 24 credits of MATH; 8 must be upper-division credits4
Upper-division elective courses 8
 Credits 16
Winter
Upper-division biology course 4
Upper-division geology course 4
Upper-division elective courses 8
 Credits 16
Spring
Upper-division biology course 4
Upper-division geology course 4
Upper-division elective course 4
 Credits 12
 Total Credits 182

Bachelor of Science in General Science with Pre-Medical Focus

Degree Map
First Year
FallMilestonesCredits
CH 111 Introduction to Chemical Principles Ideal for solid preparation for CH 2214
MATH 111 College Algebra Mathematics placement test determines which MATH course one should take first4
WR 121 College Composition I 4
General-education course 4
 Credits 16
Winter
WR 122
College Composition II
or College Composition III
4
MATH 212 Fundamentals of Elementary Mathematics II 4
CH 221 General Chemistry I 4
CH 227 General Chemistry Laboratory 2
 Credits 14
Spring
CH 222 General Chemistry II 4
CH 228 General Chemistry Laboratory 2
MATH 251
Calculus I
or Calculus for the Biological Sciences I
4
General-education course One year of writing courses is a common medical school requirement4
 Credits 14
Second Year
Fall
BI 211 General Biology I: Cells 4
CH 223 General Chemistry III General chemistry must be completed during the second year to leave time for organic chemistry during the third year and biochemistry during the fourth year4
CH 229 General Chemistry Laboratory 2
General-education course that also satisfies multicultural requirement 4
 Credits 14
Winter
BI 212 General Biology II: Organisms 4
MATH 252
Calculus II
or Calculus for the Biological Sciences II
4
General-education course that also satisfies multicultural requirement 4
General-education course 4
 Credits 16
Spring
BI 214 General Biology IV: Mechanisms 4
MATH 243
Introduction to Methods of Probability and Statistics
or Statistical Methods I
Basic mathematics preparation requires 24 credits of MATH; 8 must be upper-division credits4
Upper-division general-education course All students need to take 62 upper-division credits4
General-education course 4
 Credits 16
Third Year
Fall
BI 320 Molecular Genetics Common requirement for medical schools4
CH 331 Organic Chemistry I See chemistry department office about chemistry minor requirements4
CH 337 Organic Chemistry Laboratory 3
Upper-division general-education course 4
 Credits 15
Winter
CH 335 Organic Chemistry II See biology and chemistry and biochemistry departments about minor requirements4
CH 338 Organic Chemistry Laboratory 3
BI 358 Investigations in Medical Physiology Check with specific programs to identify additional prerequisites4
Upper-division elective course Many medical schools want practical experience: internship and/or research4
 Credits 15
Spring
PSY 201
Mind and Brain
or Mind and Society
or Biopsychology
Recommended for MCAT preparation4
SOC 204
Introduction to Sociology
or Social Inequality
Recommended for MCAT preparation4
CH 336 Organic Chemistry III Prerequisite for biochemistry (common medical school requirement)4
Upper-division biology course 4
 Credits 16
Fourth Year
Fall
PHYS 201 General Physics Physics should be taken as part of MCAT preparation4
PHYS 204 Introductory Physics Laboratory 2
CH 360
Physiological Biochemistry
or Biochemistry
Common medical school requirement4
Upper-division biology or elective course See biology department office about biology minor requirements4
 Credits 14
Winter
PHYS 202 General Physics 4
PHYS 205 Introductory Physics Laboratory 2
CH 463 Biochemistry Other upper-division elective may be substituted4
Upper-division elective courses 6
 Credits 16
Spring
PHYS 203 General Physics 4
PHYS 206 Introductory Physics Laboratory 2
CH 462 Biochemistry Other upper-division elective may be substituted4
Upper-division elective course 4
 Credits 14
 Total Credits 180