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B.A. in Natural Science Requirements

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Group 1. General Education Basic, Area, and Integrative Requirements in effect Fall 2011

Students may choose to graduate under the General Education Basic, Area, and Integrative requirements and graduation requirements in force at the time they entered the UH System, when they entered UH Hilo, or when they graduate, provided there is no break in enrollment lasting longer than one semester.

Students should meet with their academic advisor to ensure that they enroll in courses that will enable them to meet these requirements as well as requirements for the major and for graduation. Some courses may meet both General Education requirements and major requirements.

The new GE basic, core, and integrative requirements and lists of certified courses are posted at hilo.hawaii.edu/academics/gened/.

Group 2. Major Requirements (and Assigned Credits)

  1. Core Requirements
    • CHEM 124–124L General Chemistry I with Lab (4)
    • CHEM 125 General Chemistry II (3)
    • MATH 115 Applied Calculus (3) or MATH 205 Calculus I (3)
    • PHIL 390 History and Philosophy of Science (3) or PHIL 392 Biology and Philosophy (3)
    • ASTR/BIOL/CHEM/GEOL/MATH/PHYS 495A–495B Seminar (2) or MARE 495 Seminar (3) (see Note 4 below)

  2. Breadth Requirements (Select the General or Physical or Environmental Science Concentration)

    • General Science Concentration:
      • BIOL 125 Introduction to Cell and Molecular Biology (3) or BIOL 270 Intermediate Cell and Molecular Biology (3)
      • BIOL 175–176 Introductory Biology I and II (6)
      • BIOL 175L Introductory Biology I Lab (1) or BIOL 176L Introductory Biology II Lab (1)
      • PHYS 106–107 College Physics I and II (6) or PHYS 170–171 General Physics I and II (8)
      • PHYS 170L General Physics I Lab (1)
      • Three courses selected from the following:
        • ASTR 180 Principles of Astronomy I (3)
        • ASTR 181 Principles of Astronomy II (3)
        • CS 102 Microcomputer Applications for the Sciences (3)
        • CS 150 Introduction to Computer Science (3)
        • GEOL 111 Physical Geology (3)
        • GEOL 112 Historical Geology (3)
        • MARE 201 Oceanography (3)
        • PHYS/GEOG 120 Weather and Climate of Hawaiʻi (3)
      • One additional laboratory course selected from the following:
        • ASTR 110L General Astronomy Lab
        • BIOL 175L Introductory Biology I Lab
        • BIOL 176L Introductory Biology II Lab
        • BIOL 270L Intermediate Cell and Molecular Biology Lab
        • CHEM 125L General Chemistry II Lab
        • GEOL 111L Physical Geology Lab
        • PHYS 171L General Physics II Lab

    • Physical Science Concentration:
      • BIOL 101 General Biology (3) or BIOL 125 (3) or BIOL 175 (3) or BIOL 176 (3)
      • ASTR 180 Principles of Astronomy I (3)
      • GEOL 111 Physical Geology (3)
      • CHEM 125L General Chemistry II Lab (1)
      • PHYS 106–107 College Physics I and II (6) or PHYS 170–171 General Physics I and II (8)
      • PHYS 170L General Physics I Lab (1)
      • PHYS 171L General Physics II Lab (1)
      • Three courses selected from:
        • ASTR 181 Principles of Astronomy II (3)
        • CS 102 Microcomputer Applications for the Sciences (3)
        • CS 150 Introduction to Computer Science (3)
        • GEOL 112 Historical Geology (3)
        • MARE 201 Oceanography (3)
        • PHYS/GEOG 120 Weather and Climate of Hawaiʻi (3)

    • Environmental Science Concentration:
      • BIOL 175–175L Introductory Biology I (4) or BIOL 176–176L Introductory Biology II (4)
      • BIOL 281 General Ecology (3)
      • MARE 282 Global Change (3)
      • MATH 121 Introduction to Statistics and Probability (3)
      • GEOL 300 Advanced Environmental Earth Science (3)
      • CHEM 360 Environmental Chemistry (3) or GEOL 445 GIS for Geology (3)
      • Two courses selected from the following. These two courses must be in different disciplines (alphas) (6):
        • GEOL 111 Understanding the Earth (3)
        • BIOL 156 Natural History and Conservation of the Hawaiian Islands (3)
        • BIOL 275 Fundamentals of Microbiology (3)
        • CS 102 Microcomputer Applications for the Sciences (3)
        • PHYS 106 College Physics I (3)
        • PHYS/GEOG 120 Weather and Climate of Hawaiʻi (3)
        • GEOL 360 Surface Water (3)
        • GEOL 450 Geological Remote Sensing (3)
        • GEOG 300 Climatology (3)
        • GEOG/BIOL 309 Biogeography (3)
        • GEOG 470 Remote Sensing and Air Photo Interpretation (3)
        • MARE 201 Oceanography (3)
        • SOIL 304 Tropical Soils (3)
      • Two additional laboratory courses selected from the following (2):
        • BIOL 175L Introductory Biology I Lab (1)
        • BIOL 176L Introductory Biology II Lab (1)
        • BIOL 156L Natural History and Conservation of the Hawaiian Islands Lab (1)
        • BIOL 275L Fundamentals of Microbiology Lab (1)
        • BIOL 281L General Ecology Lab (1)
        • CHEM 125L General Chemistry Lab II (1)
        • GEOL 111L Understanding the Earth Lab (1)
        • MARE 201L Oceanography Lab (1)
        • PHYS 170L General Physics Lab I (1)

  3. Science Minor (15–26 credits)
    • General or Physical Science Concentrations complete a minor in Astronomy, Biology, Chemistry, Computer Science, Earth and Space Science, Geology, Marine Science, Mathematics, or Physics.
    • Environmental Science Concentration completes a minor in Biology, Chemistry, Geology, or Marine Science.

Total in Group 2: 57–71 Semester Credits

Total Minimum Semester Hours Required for the B.A. in Natural Science

120 Semester Hours

Notes

  1. Students must earn at least a 2.0 GPA in courses taken for the major and also must earn at least a 2.0 GPA in courses taken for the minor.
  2. At least 23 semester hours in the General Science and Physical Science Concentrations must be earned in the total university selection of courses numbered 300–400.
  3. At least 32 semester hours in the Environmental Science Concentration must be earned in the total university selection of courses numbered 300–400.
  4. Students should take the 495A–495B seminar appropriate to their minor. Biology minors should enroll in BIOL 495A–495B. Marine Science minors should enroll in MARE 495. All other minors should enroll in the Astr/Chem/Geol/Math/Phys 495A–495B seminar.
  5. To earn a Bachelor of Arts degree in Natural Science, students must fulfill the requirements for the major and meet all of the University’s other baccalaureate degree requirements. (Please see the Baccalaureate Degree Requirements in this Catalog.)
  6. Students should always check course prerequisites and the frequency with which courses are offered.
  7. To ensure progress toward degree completion, students are strongly encouraged to meet with an advisor each semester before registering.

    Rev. 3/12/13