A degree in general science provides an opportunity to study a broad range of scientific disciplines, and achieve a general understanding of the scientific world. Rather than major in one area of science, this interdisciplinary approach offers flexibility and breadth, exposing you to the fields of physics, chemistry, biology, etc. With suitable attention to admission requirements, this major can prepare you for admission into a variety of graduate and advanced professional programs, including nursing, physical therapy, veterinary medicine, education, and even medical school. This major is also a viable choice (with other courses outside the sciences) in preparation for graduate work in business, law, and media, where a background in the natural sciences can be valuable.

Possible Career Options

  • Science Technician
  • Clinical Lab Services
  • Pharmaceuticals
  • Education (from elementary to college)
  • Science and Technology Writing and Film
  • Medical Fields
  • Forensic Science

Students building trebuchetsGeneral Science Major Objectives

Upon completion of the General Science Program, students should be able to:

  1. Demonstrate a general understanding of the most important concepts from the fields of biology, chemistry, and physics.
  2. Demonstrate a higher-level understanding of some advanced scientific concepts in chemistry and biology through selected upper-level courses in these areas.
  3. Demonstrate basic laboratory skills and the practice of the scientific method.
  4. Demonstrate a general understanding of the principles of scientific research and communication.
  5. Demonstrate the ability to integrate faith into the physical and life sciences.

Key Courses of the Major

  • General Physics I & II
  • General Chemistry I & II
  • General Biology and Microbiology
  • Other Upper-Level Science Courses
  • Possible Research and Internships
  • Junior and Senior Seminars

Students rowing cardboard box boatsSignature Activities of the Department

  • Specialized environmental research, including the Caney River Experiments on Water (CREW), and connections with the Tulsa Zoo, Sutton Avian Center, etc.
  • Real-world experiences, including professional conferences, presentations, local internships, and field trips.
  • Community outreach, including mission trips, elementary school science shows, science-fair judging, and volunteerism.
  • Close departmental relationships, including events such as “Lunch & Learning”, “CSI”, “Mansion Impossible”, and various other meals and departmental events