2012-2013 Undergraduate Academic Catalog | Program Descriptions | Science/Math Overview | Majors

Natural Science, A.S.

[Natural Science—5604]

This program is designed for students who attend Roberts Wesleyan College for two years and then transfer to a professional program in forestry, pharmacy, or some other field requiring a general background in natural science and mathematics.


Minimum Total Hours: 62

Total Liberal Arts Hours Required:  Satisfied through general education and major requirements.

General Education Requirements: Students earning an Associate's degree complete a reduced list of General Education requirements.  See General Education Requirements for Associate Degree.

Minimum Requirements: Overall and major GPA of 2.0; no grade less than C- in the major.

Transfer Requirements: See institutional transfer policies.

Application to the Major: Standard institutional major application should be submitted by the beginning of the sophomore year.  A minimum overall GPA of 2.0 is required for acceptance to the major.

Major Requirements:  35-36 hours as follows:

  • 8 hours of biology with supporting labs: BIO 101, 102;
  • 16 hours of chemistry with supporting labs:  CHM 111*, 112, 211, 212;
  • 8 hours of physics: PHY 101* and 102, or PHY 201* and 202;
  •  3-4 hours of mathematics: MTH 185, 200, or 281*;
  • Recommended:  One computer science course: CSC 101 or 140.

Other courses may be recommended by the academic advisor, depending on the transfer program for which the student is preparing.  (*Note:  some introductory courses may require the passing of the math placement exam before course registration).