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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 successfully complete six additional courses. Three of the six must come from the Department of Biology, and two of the three must include a laboratory experience. The remaining three required courses may be drawn 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, 452, 453, 454);
  3. Participate in the Washington Internship Program (BI450); or
  4. Participate in Research and Seminar I and II (CH420-421).

Course Sequence - Classes of 2015 - 2017


Please refer to the College Catalogue and consult with your academic advisor for recommended course sequencing. Revised graduation requirements for each graduating class can be found in the Guide to the Core Curriculum.

Course Sequence - Class of 2018 and Beyond


Freshman Year
Conversatio I Conversatio II
English composition / Core English composition / Core
Chemistry 130 Chemistry 131
Biology 103 Biology 104
Sophomore Year
Language I / Elective Language II / Elective
Core Core
Physics 121 Physics 122
Science Elective I Science Elective II
Junior Year
Language III / Elective Core
Core Core
Science Elective III Science Elective V
Science Elective IV Science Elective VI
Senior Year
Core Core / Elective
Core Core / Eective
Biology 421 Biology 422 / Chemistry 421
Elective Elective