B.A. in Natural Science Requirements

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.

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 on the General Education website.

Group 2. Major Requirements

Choose one of the following four tracks.

A. Biology Track (69-72 credits)

  1. Science Foundation for Biology Track (41-44 credits)

    • BIOL 171-171L Introductory Biology I (3), Introductory Biology I Lab (1)
    • BIOL 172-172L Introductory Biology II (3), Introductory Biology II lAB (1)
    • CHEM 161-161L General Chemistry I (3), General Chemistry I Lab (1)
    • CHEM 162-162L General Chemistry II (3), General Chemistry II Lab (1)
    • GEOL 111-111L Understanding the Earth (3), Understanding the Earth Lab (1)
    • GEOL 112-112L Hist of the Earth & Its Life (3), History of the Earth Lab (1)
    • BIOL 280 Biostatistics (3)
    • MATH 125 Applied Calculus (3) or MATH 205 Calculus I (4)
    • One of the following sequences:
      • PHYS 170-170L Gen Phys I: Mechanics (4), Gen Phys I Lab (1) and PHYS 272-272L Gen Phys II: Elec & Magnetism (4), Gen Phys II Lab (1)
      • PHYS 151-151L College Physics I (3), College Physics I Lab (1) and PHYS 152-152L College Physics II (3), College Physics II Lab (1)
    • NSCI 476 Communicating Science (3)
  2. Biology Focus (19 credits)

    • BIOL 125 Intro Cell & Molecular Biol (3) or BIOL 270 Intermed Cell & Molecular Biol (3)
    • BIOL 275-275L Fund Microbiology (3), Microbiology Lab (1)
    • BIOL 281 General Ecology (3)
    • BIOL 357 Evolution (3)
    • Two courses selected from:
      • AG 304 Applied Microbiology (3)
      • AG 375 Intro To Genetic Analysis (3)
      • BIOL 371 Biology Of Marine Invertebrate (3)
      • BIOL 417 Plant Anatomy (4)
      • BIOL 443 Ecological Animal Physiology (3)
      • BIOL 445 Behavioral Ecology & Evolution (3)
      • BIOL 455 Plant Ecology (3)
      • BIOL 457 Vegetation of the Hawaiian Isl (3)
      • BIOL 460 Plant Diversity & Evolution (3)
      • BIOL 467 Ecological Genetics (3)
      • BIOL 477 Avian Biology (3)
      • ENTO 304 General Entomology (3)
      • PPTH 301 Trop Plant Pathology (3)
  3. Allied Science Electives for Biology Track (9 credits)

    Three additional courses selected from:

    • AG 304 Applied Microbiology (3)
    • AG 375 Intro To Genetic Analysis (3)
    • ANTH 481 Archaeometry (3)
    • ANTH 484 Stone Tool Analysis (3)
    • AQUA 425 Water Qual & Aquatic Product (3)
    • BIOL 467 Ecological Genetics (3)
    • BIOL 371 Biology Of Marine Invertebrate (3)
    • BIOL 381 Conservation Biology (3)
    • BIOL 417 Plant Anatomy (4)
    • BIOL 443 Ecological Animal Physiology (3)
    • BIOL 445 Behavioral Ecology & Evolution (3)
    • BIOL 455 Plant Ecology (3)
    • BIOL 457 Vegetation of the Hawaiian Isl (3)
    • BIOL 460 Plant Diversity & Evolution (3)
    • BIOL 467 Ecological Genetics (3)
    • BIOL 477 Avian Biology (3)
    • CHEM 274-274L Principles of Analytical Chem (3), Princ Analytical Chem Lab (2)
    • CHEM 360 Environmental Chemistry (3)
    • ENSC 301 Global Warming/Climate Change (3)
    • ENTO 304 General Entomology (3)
    • GEOG 300 Climatology (3)
    • GEOL 300 Adv Environmental Earth Sci (3)
    • GEOL 342 Earth Surface Processes (3)
    • GEOL 431 Geology Of North America (3)
    • GEOL 432 Plate Tectonics (3)
    • GEOL 445 GIS for Geology (3)
    • GEOL 450 Geological Remote Sensing (3)
    • GEOL 460 Groundwater (3)
    • GEOL 472 Volcano Seismology & Geodesy (3)
    • PPTH 301 Trop Plant Pathology (3)
    • SOIL 304 Tropical Soils (3)
    • One of the three required Allied Science Electives may be selected from the following:
      • ED 310 Foundations of Education (3)
      • ED 350 Develpmntl Concpts Of Learng (3)
      • PHIL 316 Science, Technology & Values (3)
      • PHIL 329 Environmental Ethics (3)
      • PHIL 412 Philosophy of Nature (3)

B. Chemistry Track (70-73 credits)

  1. Science Foundation for Chemistry Track (43 credits)

    • BIOL 171-171L Introductory Biology I (3), Introductory Biology I Lab (1)
    • BIOL 172-172L Introductory Biology II (3), Introductory Biology II lAB (1)
    • CHEM 161-161L General Chemistry I (3), General Chemistry I Lab (1)
    • CHEM 162-162L General Chemistry II (3), General Chemistry II Lab (1)
    • GEOL 111-111L Understanding the Earth (3), Understanding the Earth Lab (1)
    • GEOL 112-112L Hist of the Earth & Its Life (3), History of the Earth Lab (1)
    • MATH 121 Intro Stats & Prob (3)
    • MATH 125 Applied Calculus (3) or MATH 205 Calculus I (4)
    • One of the following sequences:
      • PHYS 170-170L Gen Phys I: Mechanics (4), Gen Phys I Lab (1), PHYS 272-272L Gen Phys II: Elec & Magnetism (4), Gen Phys II Lab (1)
      • PHYS 151-151L College Physics I (3), College Physics I Lab (1), PHYS 152-152L College Physics II (3), College Physics II Lab (1)
  2. Chemistry Focus (20 credits)

    • CHEM 141 Surv Organ Chem & Biochem (3)
    • CHEM 274-274L Principles of Analytical Chem (3), Princ Analytical Chem Lab (2)
    • CHEM 360 Environmental Chemistry (3)
    • CHEM 320 Descriptive Inorganic Chem (3)
    • One course selected from:
      • BIOL 125 Intro Cell & Molecular Biol (3)
      • CHEM 241 Organic Chem I (3)
    • One selected from:
      • AQUA 425 Water Qual & Aquatic Product (3)
      • CHEM 431-431L Instrumental Analysis (2), Instrumental Analysis Lab (2)
      • ENSC 301 Global Warming/Climate Change (3)
  3. Allied Science Electives for Chemistry Track (9 credits), Choose three additional courses selected from:

    • AG 304 Applied Microbiology (3)
    • AG 375 Intro To Genetic Analysis (3)
    • ANTH 481 Archaeometry (3)
    • ANTH 484 Stone Tool Analysis (3)
    • AQUA 425 Water Qual & Aquatic Product (3)
    • BIOL 357 Evolution (3)
    • BIOL 371 Biology Of Marine Invertebrate (3)
    • BIOL 417 Plant Anatomy (4)
    • BIOL 443 Ecological Animal Physiology (3)
    • BIOL 467 Ecological Genetics (3)
    • CHEM 431-431L Instrumental Analysis (2), Instrumental Analysis Lab (2)
    • CHEM 487 Environmental Toxicology (3)
    • ENSC 301 Global Warming/Climate Change (3)
    • ENTO 304 General Entomology (3)
    • GEOG 300 Climatology (3)
    • GEOL 300 Adv Environmental Earth Sci (3)
    • GEOL 342 Earth Surface Processes (3)
    • GEOL 431 Geology Of North America (3)
    • GEOL 432 Plate Tectonics (3)
    • GEOL 445 GIS for Geology (3)
    • GEOL 450 Geological Remote Sensing (3)
    • GEOL 460 Groundwater (3)
    • GEOL 472 Volcano Seismology & Geodesy (3)
    • PPTH 301 Trop Plant Pathology (3)
    • SOIL 304 Tropical Soils (3)
    • One of the three courses may be selected from the following:
      • ED 310 Foundations of Education (3)
      • ED 350 Develpmntl Concpts Of Learng (3)
      • PHIL 316 Science, Technology & Values (3)
      • PHIL 329 Environmental Ethics (3)
      • PHIL 412 Philosophy of Nature (3)

C. Earth Science Track (74-77 credits)

  1. Science Foundation for Earth Science Track (41-44 credits)

    • BIOL 171-171L Introductory Biology I (3), Introductory Biology I Lab (1)
    • BIOL 172-172L Introductory Biology II (3), Introductory Biology II lAB (1)
    • CHEM 161-161L General Chemistry I (3), General Chemistry I Lab (1)
    • CHEM 162-162L General Chemistry II (3), General Chemistry II Lab (1)
    • GEOL 111-111L Understanding the Earth (3), Understanding the Earth Lab (1)
    • GEOL 112-112L Hist of the Earth & Its Life (3), History of the Earth Lab (1)
    • MATH 121 Intro Stats & Prob (3)
    • MATH 125 Applied Calculus (3) or MATH 205 Calculus I (4)
    • One of the following sequences:
      • PHYS 170-170L Gen Phys I: Mechanics (4), Gen Phys I Lab (1), PHYS 272-272L Gen Phys II: Elec & Magnetism (4), Gen Phys II Lab (1)
      • PHYS 151-151L College Physics I (3), College Physics I Lab (1), PHYS 152-152L College Physics II (3), College Physics II Lab (1)
    • NSCI 476 Communicating Science (3)
  2. Earth Science Focus (24 credits)

    • ASTR 110L Gen Astronomy Lab (1)
    • ASTR 180 Princ Of Astron I (3)
    • ASTR 181 Princ Of Astron II (3)
    • GEOG 300 Climatology (3)
    • GEOL 205 Geology Of Hawaiian Islands (3)
    • GEOL 300 Adv Environmental Earth Sci (3)
    • MARE 201-201L Oceanography (3), Oceanography Lab (2)
    • One course selected from:
      • GEOG 319 Nat Hazards/Disasters (3)
      • GEOL 330 Deformation of the Earth (4)
      • GEOL 340 Sedimentary Processes (4)
      • GEOL 342 Earth Surface Processes (3)
      • GEOL 344 Coastal Geology (3)
      • GEOL 352 Comparative Planetology (3)/ASTR 352 Plants and Exoplanets (3)
      • GEOL 360 Surface Water (3)
      • GEOL 431 Geology Of North America (3)
      • GEOL 432 Plate Tectonics (3)
      • GEOL 460 Groundwater (3)
      • SOIL 304 Tropical Soils (3)
  3. Allied Science Electives for Earth Science Track (9 credits), Choose three additional courses selected from:

    • AG 304 Applied Microbiology (3)
    • AG 375 Intro To Genetic Analysis (3)
    • ANTH 481 Archaeometry (3)
    • ANTH 484 Stone Tool Analysis (3)
    • AQUA 425 Water Qual & Aquatic Product (3)
    • BIOL 357 Evolution (3)
    • BIOL 467 Ecological Genetics (3)
    • BIOL 371 Biology Of Marine Invertebrate (3)
    • BIOL 417 Plant Anatomy (4)
    • CHEM 274-274L Principles of Analytical Chem (3), Princ Analytical Chem Lab (2)
    • CHEM 360 Environmental Chemistry (3)
    • ENSC 301 Global Warming/Climate Change (3)
    • ENTO 304 General Entomology (3)
    • GEOL 342 Earth Surface Processes (3)
    • GEOL 431 Geology Of North America (3)
    • GEOL 432 Plate Tectonics (3)
    • GEOL 445 GIS for Geology (3)
    • GEOL 450 Geological Remote Sensing (3)
    • GEOL 460 Groundwater (3)
    • GEOL 472 Volcano Seismology & Geodesy (3)
    • One of the three courses may be selected from the following:
      • ED 310 Foundations of Education (3)
      • ED 350 Develpmntl Concpts Of Learng (3)
      • PHIL 316 Science, Technology & Values (3)
      • PHIL 329 Environmental Ethics (3)
      • PHIL 412 Philosophy of Nature (3)

D. Physics Track (73 credits)

  1. Science Foundation for Physics Track (44 credits)

    • BIOL 171-171L Introductory Biology I (3), Introductory Biology I Lab (1)
    • BIOL 172-172L Introductory Biology II (3), Introductory Biology II lAB (1)
    • CHEM 161-161L General Chemistry I (3), General Chemistry I Lab (1)
    • CHEM 162-162L General Chemistry II (3), General Chemistry II Lab (1)
    • GEOL 111-111L Understanding the Earth (3), Understanding the Earth Lab (1)
    • GEOL 112-112L Hist of the Earth & Its Life (3), History of the Earth Lab (1)
    • MATH 121 Intro Stats & Prob (3)
    • MATH 205 Calculus I (4)
    • PHYS 170-170L Gen Phys I: Mechanics (4), Gen Phys I Lab (1)
    • PHYS 272-272L Gen Phys II: Elec & Magnetism (4), Gen Phys II Lab (1)
    • NSCI 476 Communicating Science (3)
  2. Physics Focus (23 credits)

    • MATH 206 Calculus II (4)
    • MATH 231 Calculus III (3)
    • MATH 300 Ordinary Diff Equations (3)
    • PHYS 274 Gen Phys III: Intro Modern Phy (3)
    • PHYS 371 Classical Mechanics (3)
    • One course selected from:
      • PHYS 211 Electronics (4)
      • PHYS 230 Applied Electronics (4)
    • One course selected from:
      • PHYS 330 Electromagnetism (3)
      • PHYS 331 Optics (3)
      • PHYS 341 Thermodynamics (3)
      • PHYS 360 Mathematical Physics (3)
  3. Allied Science Electives for Physics Track (6 credits), Choose two additional courses selected from:

    • AG 304 Applied Microbiology (3)
    • AG 375 Intro To Genetic Analysis (3)
    • ANTH 481 Archaeometry (3)
    • ANTH 484 Stone Tool Analysis (3)
    • AQUA 425 Water Qual & Aquatic Product (3)
    • BIOL 357 Evolution (3)
    • BIOL 371 Biology Of Marine Invertebrate (3)
    • BIOL 417 Plant Anatomy (4)
    • BIOL 467 Ecological Genetics (3)
    • CHEM 274-274L Principles of Analytical Chem (3), Princ Analytical Chem Lab (2)
    • CHEM 360 Environmental Chemistry (3)
    • ENSC 301 Global Warming/Climate Change (3)
    • ENTO 304 General Entomology (3)
    • GEOG 300 Climatology (3)
    • GEOL 300 Adv Environmental Earth Sci (3)
    • GEOL 342 Earth Surface Processes (3)
    • GEOL 431 Geology Of North America (3)
    • GEOL 432 Plate Tectonics (3)
    • GEOL 445 GIS for Geology (3)
    • GEOL 450 Geological Remote Sensing (3)
    • GEOL 460 Groundwater (3)
    • GEOL 472 Volcano Seismology & Geodesy (3)
    • PHYS 330 Electromagnetism (3)
    • PHYS 331 Optics (3)
    • PHYS 341 Thermodynamics (3)
    • PHYS 360 Mathematical Physics (3)
    • PPTH 301 Trop Plant Pathology (3)
    • SOIL 304 Tropical Soils (3)
    • One of the two courses may be selected from the following:
      • ED 310 Foundations of Education (3)
      • ED 350 Develpmntl Concpts Of Learng (3)
      • PHIL 316 Science, Technology & Values (3)
      • PHIL 329 Environmental Ethics (3)
      • PHIL 412 Philosophy of Nature (3)

Minimum number of upper division credits for Biology, Chemistry, Earth Science tracks: 24 credits; 21 credits for Physics track

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

120 credits required.

Notes

  1. 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.)
  2. Students wishing to make timely progress toward graduation are urged to pay careful attention to all degree requirements.
  3. In addition, when planning a schedule of courses, it is imperative to be aware of course prerequisites and the frequency with which courses are offered. This information is available in the course listings in this Catalog.
  4. To ensure progress toward degree completion, students are urged to meet with an advisor each semester before registering.