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2014-2015 Undergraduate Bulletin 
2014-2015 Undergraduate Bulletin [ARCHIVED]

Applied Science, B.S.

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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.

General Requirements
Bachelor of Science Degree

Total for Graduation 120 credits  
General Education 40 credits  
Major Studies 80 credits  

Program Requirements

General Education

40 credits required

Analytic Reasoning and Natural Sciences (14-15 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.

Contemporary Issues (3 credits)

Courses must be from the list of approved contemporary 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 Concentration

Major Studies

78-79 credits required

Electives (14-21 credits)

Choose any 200-level or higher BIO, CHEM or PHYS course: APSC-X49 Co-op, MATH-154 Calculus II OR MATH-157 Calculus and Analytical Geometry II, FN-207 Medical Terminology, HLTH-355 Kinesiology, HLTH-365 Physiology of Exercise, HWF-340 Community CPR, Automatic External Defibrillation and First Aid, or PSYC-391 Applied Psychophysiological Measurements. Must be enough credits to reach the 78-79-credit concentration total.

Minor or Second Major (18-24 credits)

Choose a minor that is not Chemistry, Biology, or Physics. Students should work with a minor adviser to complete requirements. In lieu of a minor, students may apply credits from a completed second major. Students must work with both program directors to meet requirements for each major and  recognize that completion of two majors will exceed 120 credits.

Program Requirements for the Biochemistry and Molecular Biology Concentration

Program Requirements for the Materials and Nanoscience Concentration

Major Studies

80 credits required

Technical Emphasis Requirements (23-24 credits)

Choose an area of technical emphasis from the following:

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