Natural Sciences Program

112 AW Smith Bldg
www.case.edu/artsci/natsci
Phone: 216.368.3989
Peter Whiting, Program Advisor
peter.whiting@case.edu

The natural sciences major is an interdepartmental science program that leads to the Bachelor of Arts (BA) degree. It is intended to serve students whose interests and objectives call for a major in the humanities or social sciences (e.g., the major in history and philosophy of science) that is best accompanied by a broad background in the natural sciences.

Undergraduate Programs

Major

Natural sciences is available as a second major for the BA; the first major must be in a department or program within the arts, humanities, or social sciences, excluding the programs in Environmental Studies, Gerontological Studies, and Pre-Architecture. For a student who completes a BS degree in management or accounting, natural sciences may serve as the sole major for the BA degree.

The program requires a minimum of 50 semester hours of work in natural sciences and mathematics. The departments included in the major are astronomy; biology; chemistry; earth, environmental, and planetary sciences; and physics. The student must complete a minimum of 20 hours in one of these departments, a minimum of 8 hours each in two of the other departments, and 3 hours each in the remaining two departments. In addition, all natural sciences majors must complete:

One of the following sequences:6
Math and Calculus Applications for Life, Managerial, and Social Sci I
and Math and Calculus Applications for Life, Managerial, and Social Sci II
Calculus for Science and Engineering I
and Calculus for Science and Engineering II
Total Units6

The courses used to satisfy the natural sciences major should be courses that would satisfy requirements of an existing science major. However, any 200-level or higher astronomy course is acceptable for the natural sciences major.

Minor

A minor is achieved through completion of the requirements listed below in any four of the six participating departments.

Astronomy

One of the following sequences:6
The Sun and its Planets (& Any other 200-level ASTR course)
Stars and Planets
and Galaxies and Cosmology
Total Units6


Biology

Two of the following sequences:8
Genes, Evolution and Ecology
and Genes, Evolution and Ecology Lab
Cells and Proteins
and Cells and Proteins Laboratory
Development and Physiology
and Development and Physiology Lab
Total Units8

Chemistry

One of the following sequences: 8-10
Principles of Chemistry I
and Principles of Chemistry II
and Principles of Chemistry Laboratory
Principles of Chemistry for Engineers
and Principles of Chemistry Laboratory
and Chemistry of Materials
Total Units8-10

Earth, Environmental, and Planetary Sciences

One of the following:3
EEPS 101The Earth and Planets3
EEPS 110Physical Geology3
EEPS 115Introduction to Oceanography3
EEPS 117Weather and Climate3
EEPS 119Geology Laboratory1
One additional EEPS course3
Total Units19

Mathematics

One of the following sequences:8
Math and Calculus Applications for Life, Managerial, and Social Sci I
and Math and Calculus Applications for Life, Managerial, and Social Sci II
Calculus for Science and Engineering I
and Calculus for Science and Engineering II
Total Units8

Physics

One of the following sequences:8-11
Introductory Physics I
and Introductory Physics II
General Physics I - Mechanics
and General Physics II - Electricity and Magnetism
and Introduction to Modern Physics
Total Units8-11