
20172018 Catalog
Natural Science (without licensure) BS


Return to: Degrees and Programs (Graduate and Undergraduate) The BSNS (without licensure) serves students who seek education and a career in science or a sciencerelated field. BSNS students must complete coursework in an area of concentration (biology, chemistry, geology or physics) and at least two other areas of math or science. Recent recipients of the BSNS are employed as health professionals, laboratory technicians, environmental consultants, naturalists, and in other positions in business, industry, and government. Students pursuing the BSNS should meet with a faculty advisor to design their program. 
Degree Requirements for the Biology Concentration
General Education Program 
34 Hours 

The Natural Science component of the GEP is satisfied by the requirements of the bachelor of science in natural science. See the General Education Program Requirements by Content Category for further information about the GEP. 

Natural Science Curriculum 
51 Hours 
General Electives 
35 Hours 


Minimum Hours Required 
120 Hours 
Natural Science Curriculum (54 Hours)
Biology Requirements (8 Hours)
Biology Electives (19 Hours)
Any biology course numbered 2000 or higher. Sixteen hours must be at 3000 or above, with at least 4 of these at 4000 or above.
Second Science Area (12 Hours)
Twelve hours of courses in any one area of science other than the primary concentration. Students may choose physics, chemistry, geology, or math. Math courses must be numbered 1200 or above.
Third Science Area (8 Hours)
Eight hours of courses in any one area of science other than the primary concentration or secondary science area. Students may choose physics, chemistry, geology, or math. Math courses must be numbered 1200 or above. Additional Science/Math (4 Hours)
Any course in biology, geology, chemistry, natural science, physics, or math not used above. Math courses must be numbered 1200 or above. Mathematics Proficiency Requirement
Proficiency in MATH 1250 (Trigonometry) through completion or through placement in, and completion of, a higher level math (i.e. MATH2110Calculus) is required for the BSNatural Science concentrations.
General Electives (3539 Hours)
See special note below. Degree Requirements for the Chemistry Concentration
General Education Program 
34 Hours 

The Natural Science component of the GEP is satisfied by the requirements of the bachelor of science in natural science. See the General Education Program Requirements by Content Category for further information about the GEP. 

Natural Science Curriculum 
5152 Hours 
General Electives 
3435 Hours 


Minimum Hours Required 
120 Hours 
Natural Science Curriculum (5455 Hours)
Chemistry Requirements (24 Hours)
Chemistry Elective (34 Hours)
Choose on course from the following list:
Second Science Area (12 Hours)
Twelve hours of courses in any one area of science other than the primary concentration. Students may choose physics, biology, geology, or math. Math courses must be numbered 1200 or above.
Third Science Area (8 Hours)
Eight hours of courses in any one area of science other than the primary concentration or secondary science area. Students may choose physics, biology, geology, or math. Math courses must be numbered 1200 or above. Additional Science/Math (4 Hours)
Any course in biology, geology, chemistry, natural science, physics, or math not used above. Math courses must be numbered 1200 or above. Mathematics Proficiency Requirement
Proficiency in MATH 1250 (Trigonometry) through completion, or through placement in and completion of a higher level math (i.e. MATH2110  Calculus), is required for all BSNatural Science concentrations.
General Electives (3435 Hours)
See special note.
Degree Requirements for the Geology Concentration
The geology concentration is designed for students seeking careers in earth science, environmental science, or entry into graduate programs in geology or environmental science. For information concerning the degree program, contact the Department of Natural Sciences.
General Education Program 
34 Hours 

The Natural Science component of the GEP is satisfied by the requirements of the bachelor of science in natural science. See the General Education Program Requirements by Content Category for further information about the GEP. 

Natural Science Curriculum 
52 Hours 
General Electives 
34 Hours 


Minimum Hours Required 
120 Hours 
Natural Science Curriculum (55 Hours)
Geology Requirements (28 Hours)
Second Science Area (12 Hours)
Twelve hours of courses in any one area of science other than the primary concentration. Students may choose physics, biology, chemistry, or math. Math courses must be numbered 1200 or above. Third Science Area (8 Hours)
Eight hours of courses in any one area of science other than the primary concentration or secondary science area. Students may choose physics, biology, chemistry, or math. Math courses must be numbered 1200 or above. Additional Science/Math (4 Hours)
Any course in biology, geology, chemistry, natural science, physics, or math not used above. Math courses must be numbered 1200 or above. Mathematics Proficiency Requirement
Proficiency in MATH 1250 (Trigonometry) through completion, or through placement in and completion of a higher level math (i.e. MATH2110  Calculus) is required for all BSNatural Science concentrations.
General Electives (34 Hours)
See special note.
Degree Requirements for the Physics Concentration
The physics concentration is designed for students who are seeking employment in a physics related area or interested in applying to graduate school in physics. For more information concerning the degree program, contact Dr. Jerry Ross, Dr. Jim Simmons, or Dr. Tim Hamilton.
General Education Program 
34 Hours 

The Natural Science component of the GEP is satisfied by the requirements of the bachelor of science in natural science. See the General Education Program Requirements by Content Category for further information about the GEP. 

Natural Science Curriculum 
26 Hours 
General Electives 
36 Hours 


Minimum Hours Required 
120 Hours 
Natural Science Curriculum (50 Hours)
Physics Requirements (26 Hours)
Second Science Area (12 Hours)
Choose 12 hours of courses in any one area of science other than the primary concentration. Students may choose from Biology, Chemistry, Geology, or Math. Math courses must be numbered 1200 or above. Third Science Area (8 Hours)
Choose 8 hours of courses in any one are of science other than the primary or secondary science area. Students may choose Biology, Chemistry, Geology or Math. Math courses must be numbered 1200 or above. Additional Science/Math (4 Hours)
Choose any course in Biology, Chemistry, Geology, Natural Science, Natural Science or Physics, or Math not used above. Math courses must be numbered 1200 or above.
Mathematics Proficiency
Proficiency in MATH1250 (Trigonometry) through completion, or through placement in and completion of a higher level math (i.e. MATH2110 Calculus), is required for all BSNatural Science Concentrations. Because MATH2120 (Calculus 2) is a corequisite for PHYS2211, this proficiency is met.
General Electives (36 Hours)
See special note.
Bachelor Degrees
Special Notes
 Students must complete—at Shawnee State— at least 12 credit hours in their majors. The 12 hours must be taken at the 3000 or 4000 level. In the case of the BS natural science, at least 8 of the 12 upper division hours must be in the first concentration.
 General Electives: Elective hours are not limited to any particular area of study and can be earned in science to enhance the major or to complete requirements for a minor. Courses from all departments of the University can be used to satisfy the electives requirements. Electives should include courses in the arts and humanities. Coherent groups of courses are encouraged and should be chosen with the student’s career objectives and personal interests in mind. Consultation with your faculty advisor is highly recommended so that electives can be an important component of your educational experience.

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