Undergraduate Requirements

Students wishing to receive the BSC degree must attain an overall GPA of 2.00 in their science and mathematics courses (the technical cum) taken in fulfillment of their major as well as attaining an overall GPA of 2.00 in all courses. The record of any student falling below 2.00 (either overall or technical cum) in any semester will be reviewed by the Academic Standing Committee for appropriate action.

Each BSC student completes a core of science and mathematics courses:

Mathematics Requirements

  • MAT 1500 - Calculus I
  • MAT 1505 - Calculus II
  • One of MAT 2500 or MAT 2705 or CSC 1300
  • CSC 1051 - Algorithms & Data Struc I
  • MAT 4310 or Other Approved Statistics Course

Natural Science Requirements

  • CHM 1151 - General Chemistry I
  • CHM 1103 - General Chemistry Lab I
  • CHM 1152 - General Chemistry II
  • CHM 1104 - General Chemistry Lab II
  • BIO 2105 - General Biology I
  • BIO 2106 - General Biology II
  • PHY 2410 - University Phy:Mechanics
  • PHY 2411 - Lab: Mechanics

and either

  • PHY 2412 - Univ Physics: Elec & Mag and PHY 2413 - Lab: Elec & Magnetism

or

  • PHY 2414 - Univ Physics: Thermo and
    PHY 2415 - Lab: Thermodynamics

Additional Requirements

In addition each student must select seven (7) upper division science courses. These should be selected in conjunction with your advisor and form the basis of your upper division science education. Some sample programs are given at this web-site.

Students interested in continuing on to medical school or similar health related field should also take the following:

  • CHM 2211 - Organic Chemistry I
  • CHM 2201 - Organic Chemistry Lab I
  • CHM 2212 - Organic Chemistry II
  • CHM 2202 - Organic Chemistry Lab II

PreMed Sample Curriculum

Dr. Louise Russo of the Biology Department is the advisor for students interesting in attending medical school or health related professional schools. Introduce yourself to her, if you have this interest. She is in room 191C of Mendel Hall and his extension is 9-4869.

Health Professions Advising Website

Below is a sample of a program in Comprehensive Science suitable for premeds, subject to variation depending on factors such as AP credits,concentrations, minors, sports schedule constraints, at the discretion of the student and the student's advisor:

Freshmen Year

First Semester

Crs.

Second Semester

Crs.

MAT 1500 - Calculus I

4

MAT 1505 - Calculus II

4

PHY 2410 - Univ Phy:Mechanics
PHY 2411 - Lab: Mechanics

4

PHY 2412 - Univ Physics: Elec & Mag
PHY 2413 - Lab: Elec & Magnetism

4

ACS 1000 - Traditions in Conversation

3

ACS 1001 - Modernity & Its Discontents

3

Core Language

3

Core Language

3

CHM 1151 - General Chemistry I
CHM 1103 - General Chemistry Lab I

5

CHM 1152 - General Chemistry II
CHM 1104 - General Chemistry Lab II

5

Total Credits

19

Total Credits

19

Sophomore Year

First Semester

Crs.

Second Semester

Crs.

MAT 2500or MAT 2705or CSC 1300

4

CSC 1051 - Algorithms & Data Struc I

4

BIO 2105 - General Biology I

4

BIO 2106 - General Biology II

4

CHM 2211 - Organic Chemistry I
CHM 2201 - Organic Chemistry Lab I

4

CHM 2212 - Organic Chemistry II
CHM 2202 - Organic Chemistry Lab II

4

SWS–Sophomore Writing Seminar

3

PSY 1000 – General Psychology

3

Total Credits

15

Total Credits

15

Junior Year

First Semester

Crs.

Second Semester

Crs.

CHM 4611 – Survey of Biochemistry

CHM 4601 – Survey Biochemistry Lab

(or other biochem)

4

MAT 4310or other approved statistics

3

Science elective (such as BIO 1205 Anatomy and Physiology I)

3 or 4

Science elective (such as BIO 1206 Anatomy and Physiology II)

3 or 4

PHI 1000 – Knowledge, Reality, and Self

3

THL 1000 – Christian Faith and Life

3

HISTORYCore Designated

3

SOC 1000 – Intro to Sociology

3

PSY 2200 – Developmental Psychology

3

Free Elective*

3

Total Credits

16

Total Credits

15

Senior Year

First Semester

Crs.

Second Semester

Crs.

Science Elective

3 or 4

Science Elective

3 or 4

ETH 2050 - Eth Trad & Contemp Life

3

Free elective*

3

Advanced Theology*

3

Free Elective*

3

Fine Arts

3

Free Elective*

3

Free elective*

3

Free Elective*

3

Total Credits

15

Total Credits

15

(*) You need two courses with distinct diversity attributes. 

You may vary the order of most of these courses to customize your schedule. 

BSC majors must:

Plan their academic program in accord with the requirements set forth in the Villanova University Bulletin Undergraduate Full-Time Studies.

Satisfy the requirements of the Core Program of the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences. Sample four-year plan for taking the required courses for the BSC major are available for the various concentrations offered through the program.

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