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Applied Science, B.S. 4-year sequences:
The Applied Science program offers a unique educational experience for students to learn science by doing science. The program emphasizes flexibility through a broad scientific base along with experience through a chosen career emphasis. In a world of new products and processes, the program also fosters the creativity needed to contribute to new scientific advances. Our program prepares graduates for a variety of expanding careers in biotechnology, molecular biology, biochemistry, nanotechnology, health sciences and materials. The strong academic content of the Applied Science program will also prepare graduates for entry into a variety of professional (such as chiropractic, dental, medical, optometry, pharmacy, physical therapy or veterinary) and graduate schools.
The curriculum is based on a core of chemistry, physics, biology and mathematics. Students will explore cutting edge topics in materials science, nanotechnology, molecular biology and biochemistry in addition to the many facets of applied science, including technical writing, data analysis, interpersonal communication and experimental design. In the Interdisciplinary Science concentration students get a minor expanding their knowledge base to contribute to industry needs from a variety of aspects including management, marketing, quality control, etc.
In addition to working with instructors from a broad range of fields, students gain significant hands-on experience through a field or cooperative education experience. This versatility offers the qualities that employers are looking for in today’s college graduates - interpersonal and problem solving skills, high energy level and good judgment.
Our graduates are able to enter a myriad of occupations and career paths after graduation. Some of our graduates have chosen to enter the work force directly by becoming scientific sales representatives or laboratory technicians. Many of our graduates have continued with their passion in science and have chosen graduates schools in fields ranging from marine microbiology to bio-nano chemistry, while other graduates have entered health professions in pharmacy, physical therapy, dentistry and chiropractic, to name just a few.
In addition to fulfilling the university’s basic admission requirements, Applied Science applicants must have an ACT math score of at least 22 (SAT math 510) and either rank in the upper 40 percent of their high school class (or GPA of 3.0), or have a composite ACT score of 22. Nontraditional or transfer student admission will be based on current admission standards with guidance from the program director.
Bachelor of Science Degree
|Total for Graduation
Racial and Ethnic Studies (6 credits*)
Three credits must be selected from RES-A.
Global Perspective (6 credits*)
Complete a program of university-approved work or study abroad, or 6 credits of global perspective approved courses.
General Education (40 credits)
Communication Skills (9 credits)
Analytic Reasoning and Natural Sciences (13-15 credits)
Arts and Humanities (6 credits)
Courses must be from two or more areas including art history, creative arts, foreign language and culture, history, literature, music appreciation, performing arts, and philosophy.
Social and Behavioral Sciences (6 credits)
Courses must be from two or more areas including anthropology, economics, geography, political science, psychology and sociology.
Cross-disciplinary Issues (3 credits)
Courses must be from the list of approved cross-disciplinary issues courses.
Social Responsibility and Ethical Reasoning (3 credits)
Courses must be from the list of approved social responsibility and ethical reasoning courses.
Program Requirements for the Interdisciplinary Science Concentration
Major Studies (80 credits)
Required Courses (40-42 credits)
Electives (14-21 credits)
Must obtain enough credits at the 200 level or higher in BIO, CHEM, PHYS or NANO to reach 78-79 credits total in the concentration. At least 10 of these credits need to be at 300 level or higher.
Minor or Second Major (18-24 credits)
Choose a minor that is not Chemistry, Biology, or Physics. Students should work with a minor advisor to complete requirements. Different minors require different numbers of credits. Credits used in the minor cannot also be used as elective credits within the concentration, with the exception of courses required in both the minor and the concentration.
Declare a second major in lieu of a minor. Students must work with both program directors to meet requirements for each major. Completion of two majors will exceed 120 credits.
Program Requirements for the Biochemistry and Molecular Biology Concentration
Major Studies (80 credits)
Required Courses (57-61 credits)
Elective Courses (14-19 credits)
Choose any 200 level or higher biology, chemistry or physics courses approved by your adviser to fulfill the 120 credit graduation requirement.
Program Requirements for the Materials and Nanoscience Concentration
Major Studies (80 credits)
Required Courses (57 credits)
Choose one of the following:
Technical Emphasis Requirement (23-25 credits)
Choose an area of technical emphasis from the following:
Emphasis in Material Physics (23-25 credits)
Choose enough credits from the list below to fulfill the 120 credit requirement (6-8 credits)
Emphasis in Nanobiotechnology (24 credits)
Choose 4-5 credits of any BIO-3XX, BIO-4XX, CHEM-3XX or CHEM-4XX, at least one course with lab(s).
Emphasis in Entrepreneurship (24 credits)
Program Requirements for the Industrial Chemistry Concentration
Major Studies (79-81 credits)
Required Courses (61-62 credits)
Elective Courses (18-19 credits)