The B.S. in Science provides a broad education in the sciences. The degree allows students flexibility in choosing upper-level coursework that can be tailored to long-term goals. Students can focus on physics, chemistry, and mathematics (General option) or focus on the biology of the human body (Life Science option). Both options provide student with a strong foundation in all scientific areas: biology, chemistry, mathematics, and physics.
The objectives of the Science Major involve learning to think like a scientist. Specific educational objectives of the program are to ensure that graduates:
- Read, understand, and critically interpret primary scientific literature
- Communicate results of biological research
- Apply ethical principles to basic and applied practice and understand the role of science and scientists in society
- Demonstrate appropriate laboratory skills including scientific technique, maintenance of a laboratory notebook, writing laboratory reports, and adhering to all safety procedures
Complementary Minors and Certificates
The following academic minors are suggested to complement the Biology degree:
- Applied Psychology
The Science major prepares students for work in a technical fields such as laboratory work, clinical research, and quality assurance in the food industry. The degree provides the pre-requisite coursework for a variety of professional schools including medical and veterinary. The degree also prepares students for graduate study.
Penn State Berks offers three degrees related to the life sciences. All three degrees lead to similar outcomes but the focus of the degrees vary slightly. The BMB degree focuses more on laboratory work and has a more chemical focus; Biology fosters a broad understanding of biology without as intense a focus on chemistry; Science provides a flexible major to allow students to tailor their own 400-level coursework. Medical students usually choose BMB, veterinary students usually choose Biology, and Physician Assistant students choose Science. Students who want to work in Pharmaceuticals and Bioctech often choose BMB; students who want to work as park rangers and environmental specialists usually choose Biology; students who transfer to Penn State or who do not know exactly where they want to work choose Science. You will work closely with your advisor to choose the most appropriate degree for your long-term goals.