The Science major is a multidisciplinary degree program that aims to provide a broad education in science. The bachelor of science in Science (B.S.) curriculum is designed specifically for students who have education goals relating to scientific theory and practice and who require a high degree of flexibility to obtain their educational objectives. After completing foundation courses in calculus, chemistry, physics, and the life sciences, students will select additional science courses from designated areas. A large number of supporting credits permit students to readily include significant breadth or specialization into their undergraduate curriculum. Some examples include minors in business, computer and information sciences, education, kinesiology, or many other fields. The degree allows students throughout the Commonwealth to become familiar with both the theory and the practice of science. It can help prepare students for various careers in pharmaceutical, biotechnical, chemical, allied health, environmental, and agricultural industries. The degree can also be tailored to meet the specific requirements of professional programs such as medical, dental, or pharmacy schools and graduate study in the life sciences. Achievement in a more specialized set of goals can be met by selecting either of the two options offered at Penn State York: General Science and Life Science. The General Science option of the degree allows for the most flexibility.
In order to be eligible for entrance to the Science major, a student must have: 1) attained at least a 2.00 cumulative grade-point average; 2) completed MATH 140 GQ(4) with a grade of C or better; 3) completed at least two of the following courses, BIOL 110 GN(4); CHEM 110 GN(3); PHYS 211 GN(4) or PHYS 250 GN(4), with a grade of C or better.
Opportunities are available for motivated students to become involved in collaborative research activities with science and math faculty members. Descriptions of the research activities are found by visiting our undergraduate research page.
Who Should Enroll
Whether you’re a recent high school graduate, an adult beginning college for the first time, or an adult returning to college, you are welcome to apply to the bachelor of science in Science program. Students may enroll as a first-year student or an advanced standing/transfer student.