Undergraduate degrees: B.A. or B.S.
Flex Your Science Muscles
Learn the secrets of outer space in astronomy while creating tasty new flavors in a chemistry class. Help archaeologists dig up preserved human skeletons while earning credits in anthropology and human physiology. Design original experiments using zebrafish in the morning before competing in a chess tournament in the afternoon. Discover what it truly means to explore the realm of science. Because it is broader than most undergraduate degree programs, the general science curriculum enables students to develop skills that relate to a wider variety of topics, ideas, and experiences. The program can be tailored to fit your personalized goals and will provide a basic mastery of multiple scientific fields.
As a general science major you will be able to take classes in astronomy, chemistry, biology, computer information science, anthropology, geology, physics, and geography. Trained advisers will help you take full advantage of the program and carefully design your own course schedule. Consult frequently with your adviser and with faculty members on the program committee, so they can help you in choosing courses and identifying career goals. They can also provide assistance in applying to professional schools or training programs that require completion of additional courses beyond those required for the general science major.
Points of Interest
- Master several disciplines by completing a variety of course work required for the major
- You can use this flexible major to become a writer or teacher just as easily as you can use it as a stepping stone to medical school
- Field study opportunities in geology, biology, physical anthropology, and marine biology will take you out of the classroom and into the spectacular Pacific Northwest environment
- Design your own academic program and tailor your studies to your interests by choosing your areas of specialization from a range of sciences
- Introduction to Human Evolution looks at Homo sapiens as a living organism, with a focus on biological evolution, genetics, and fossil hominids
- Human Cadaver Dissection incorporates the dissection of one region of a preserved human cadaver and preparation of the specimen for the anatomy laboratory experience
- General Chemistry Laboratory teaches laboratory skills through chemical reactions and writing equations, phase diagrams, equilibrium constants, acid-base titrations, voltaic cells, and exercises in kinetics and inorganic chemistry
- Biogeography studies the relation of plants and animals to the environment by examining the distribution of individual species as well as historical changes in plant distribution
- Food and Culture takes an anthropological approach to the role of nutrients in human development, cultural determinants and differences among populations, and world food policy
- Introduction to Data Structures is a computer and information science course that explores the design and analysis of data structures as means of engineering efficient software
- Biopsychology examines the relationships between brain and endocrine activity and behavior, with topics including sensation, perception, sexual behavior, drug effects, eating, drinking, sleeping, dreaming, and learning
General science gives you the opportunity to take many laboratory courses in chemistry, physics, and biology. Field studies in geology, anthropology, and marine biology can take you to nearby coastal, forest, high desert, and alpine environments. All motivated science students can seek out research opportunities as well.
The Student Experience
The General Science Department is comprised of faculty members from many of the science departments, including chemistry, geological sciences, human physiology, mathematics, anthropology, and biology.
General Science can work for many career interests. It can be appropriate for students interested in health-related careers in medicine, dentistry, physical therapy, occupational therapy, and medical technology. Pre-engineering students have used the major to gain a broader scientific background than is provided in traditional pre-engineering programs in chemistry or physics.