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Bachelor of Science or Arts in Science

Bachelor of Science

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Credits Required: 120
Cost Per Credit: $525
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College of Science

Program Details

The College of Science is offering a Bachelor of Arts (BA) and a Bachelor of Science (BS) in Science. 

Both degrees meet you where you are in your education and career, allowing for a flexible program where you learn the basic knowledge of the foundations of various scientific disciplines that you can easily pair with a complementary degree. The BS in Science provides additional training in foundations in science and scientific thinking.

These interdisciplinary degree programs emphasize biological and physical sciences you may utilize in intersectional fields such as education, policy, law, journalism, business, development, economics, and more. They will also provide a basic STEM background for medical and health services managers, medical assistants, natural sciences managers, and entry-level science technicians.  

You may choose from a variety of emphases to tailor your science education to your specific interests. Gain a foundation in science that will prepare you as an adaptive problem solver and enable you to drive social, cultural, and economic change.

As a Science BA student, you must take calculus and four semesters of another language. You must also complete five upper-division electives with at least three courses in one area.

As a BS in Science student, you must take calculus and two semesters of another language. You must also complete eight electives with at least four courses in one area.  

In addition to writing, math, language, and general education requirements, you will take core courses in statistics, introductory biology, introductory chemistry and physics, as well as in one of several areas of emphasis, including earth systems and sustainability, genetics and molecular biology, biochemistry, ecology, evolution and animal behavior, psychology, neuroscience, and cognitive science. 

●    The level of math required for the BA in Science program is MATH 113
●    Math requirements for the BS in Science program include Math 122A, Math 122B, First-semester Calculus, or Math 125 Calculus
●    Students in both programs will take a capstone course: SCI 498

*Residents of some U.S. Territories may not be eligible. Please see our Eligibility & State Authorization page for more information.


In either the BA or BS, you will take four introductory science courses, at least one from each of biology, chemistry, and physics, a statistics course, and two additional courses that are prerequisites for taking upper-division electives in one or more emphases. 

BA in Science: You may choose between PHYS 102 & 181 or PHYS 141. For the statistics requirement, you may take Math 263 or PSY 230.

BS in Science: For the statistics requirement, you may choose to take Math 263 or PSY 230.

The curriculum for this program includes:

MCB 181 R/L: Introductory Biology I with lab
ECOL 182 R/L: Introductory Biology 2 with lab
CHEM 141 & 145: General Chemistry 1
PHYS 102 & 181: Introductory Physics 1 with lab
PHYS 141: Introductory Mechanics
PHYS 142: Introductory Optics and Thermodynamics
Math 263: Basic Statistics or Intro to Statistics and Biostatistics
PSY 230: Psychological Measurement and Statistics



Earning your Bachelor of Science in Bachelor of Science or Arts in Science will build core skills, including:

  • Knowledge & understanding of scientific literature
  • Basic laboratory skills
  • Communication of scientific knowledge
  • Scientific reasoning skills
  • Written & oral skills
  • Application of scientific reasoning
  • Foundational knowledge in online group projects
  • Education
  • Communications
  • Policy
  • Law
  • Medical Services
  • Health Services
  • Natural Sciences