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Natural Science

Natural Science is an interdisciplinary major combining mathematics with the physical and biological sciences. It is designed to offer maximum flexibility and scope for an individual's interest within the sciences, while also providing opportunities to investigate other disciplines. Students planning to attend a graduate or professional school should include organic chemistry among their courses of study.

Each student, in consultation with an advisor, will select a series of courses to provide preparation for individual goals or interests. Students majoring in Natural Science are required to take Biology 103-104, Chemistry 130-131, Physics 121-122. The student is also required to complete successfully six additional courses from the Departments of Biology, Chemistry, Computer Science, Mathematics, Physics or Psychology. Note: CH110-111, CH120-121, and PS111-112 do not count as electives for the Natural Science major.

Since scientific research is an important aspect of an education in science, Natural Science majors are encouraged to replace one of the six required courses with one of the following:

  1. under the direction of a faculty member, participate in Directed Research (BI421-422 or BI423);
  2. develop, with direction from the Internship Facilitator, an individual internship program (BI451 and/or 452);
  3. participate in the Washington Internship Program (BI450); or
  4. participate in Research and Seminar I and II (CH420-421).

Course Sequence


Freshman Year
Humanities I Humanities II
Freshman English 103 Freshman English 104
Language Language
Biology 103 Biology 104
Chemistry 130 Chemistry 131
Sophomore Year
Humanities III Humanities IV
Philosophy/Theology Philosophy/Theology
Langauge Language
Science/Mathematics Science/Mathematics
Elective Elective
Junior Year
Philosophy/Theology Philosophy/Theology
Physics 121 Physics 122
Science/Mathematics Science/Mathematics
Elective Elective
Elective Elective
Senior Year
Philosophy/Theology Biology 422/Chemistry 421
Biology 421/Chemistry 420 Biology 422/Chemistry 421
Elective Elective
Elective Elective
Elective Elective