WSU Tri-Cities College of Arts & Sciences

General Science

General Studies

Biological, Mathematical and Physical Sciences

Washington State University Tri-Cities offers a Bachelor of Science degree in Biological Physical Science through the General Studies Program. This program is for students who are interested in interdisciplinary programs in science or mathematics, which offer broader options in course selections than are possible within single departments. There are two plans, which allow students to create an approved, coherent program of study with the academic advisor that fulfills an academic or career goal and includes prerequisites consistent with the upper-division major coursework.

Total credits for graduation of 120 semester hours should include 40 credits or more in courses at the 300 and 400 level.

Plan A: Primary/Secondary Concentration

Primary concentration: a minimum of 24 semester credits, including at least 15 upper-division credits, must be completed in biological sciences, in mathematics, or in a single physical science with a minimum 2.00 primary concentration g.p.a. Students who complete one of the above primary concentrations will receive a Bachelor of Science degree with a primary concentration in general biological sciences (Gen B), general mathematics (Gen M), or general physical sciences (Gen P).

Secondary concentration: a minimum of 15 semester credits, including at least 6 upper-division credits, must be completed in another academic department, program, or area with a minimum 2.0 secondary concentration GPA.

Plan B: Three Related Areas in Biological Sciences

A combination of biological sciences courses of at least 39 credits in three or more departments or programs, including at least 9 credits in each department or program, and 21 upper-division hours must be completed with at least a 2.0 g.p.a in these courses. The related areas in general biological sciences (Gen B) include biology, biochemistry, botany, genetics and cell biology, microbiology, zoology, and approved biology-based courses in agriculture. Students who complete a Plan B curriculum receive a Bachelor of Science degree with a major concentration in general biological sciences (Gen B).

Plan C: Three Related Areas in Physical Sciences

A combination of physical sciences and mathematics courses of at least 39 credits in three or more departments or programs, including at least 9 credits in each department or program, and 21 upper-division hours must be completed with at least a 2.0 g.p.a. in these courses. The related areas in mathematical and physical sciences include chemistry, geology, mathematics, physics, and math/science-based engineering courses. Students who complete a Plan C curriculum receive a Bachelor of Science degree with a major concentration in general physical sciences (Gen P).

Prerequisite Courses

General Biological Sciences (Gen B): One year biology, one semester introductory calculus, one year general chemistry, and one semester organic chemistry.

General Physical Sciences (Gen P): One year calculus, one year calculus-based physics, and one year general chemistry. (Students who plan a major concentration in chemistry should also include quantitative and organic chemistry. Physical geology is a prerequisite for upper-division geology courses.)

General Mathematics (Gen M): Three semesters calculus and linear algebra.

In addition, academic concentrations in Pre-Medicine, Pre-Dentistry and Pre-Veterinary medicine are offered.

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