BSC Major Tracks

The program is based on the principles of a solid foundation in the basic natural sciences and mathematics and flexibility in the choice of a track. Thus the program accommodates students with a very specific scientific goal in mind as well as those who wish to define their own imaginative course of study. This can best be attained through good student-faculty interaction and faculty advisement.


Sample Comprehensive Science Advising Tracks

The Comprehensive Science program allows you to choose their seven science electives in whatever way best fits your educational goals.  You also have four free electives, plus choices in the social science core requirements.  Following are sample advising tracks to assist you in thinking through all the options for your science and free electives.  Many of these also satisfy the requirements for a minor in that field.  The number in parentheses after each track lists the number of BSC science electives suggested for the track. 

Health Professions Track (6) 
CHM 2211/2201, CHM 2212/2202, BIO 1205, BIO 1206, BIO 3351, CHM 4611 (or other biochem courses); plus PSY 1000 and a human PSY course (can count as core Social Science electives), SOC 1000.  
(Many variations of this are appropriate depending on your particular interests; you can talk to the Health Professions Advisor or visit the Health Professions Advising webpage

Actuarial Science Track (2)
MAT 4310 (counts as BSC statistics), MAT 2500 (counts as BSC math elective), ECO 1001, 1002 (count as core social science), MAT 5700, any of MAT 4550, 4410, 4600, 4610, FIN 2325

Applied Physics Track (5)
PHY 2414/2415, 2416/2417; PHY 3310/3311; PHY 4301/4303; both MAT 2500 and 2705.

Astronomy track (5)
AST 2120, AST 2121, AST 2122, plus at least two courses from AST 2123, AST 2133, AST 2134, AST 3141, AST 3142, AST 3143, AST 3162 (Please check with instructors for possible prerequisites.)

Bioengineering Track (4)
Four BIO/CHM/GEV courses from approved list; PHI 2115 (counts as a free elective); EGR 2200 and three other Engineering courses from approved list (counts as free electives).

Bioinformatics Track (7)
BIO 3351, 4205, 4505; CSC 1052, 1700, 2053, 4480.

Biology Minor Track (5)
Take five BIO courses numbered 3000 or higher.   

Biochemistry Track  (6)
CHM 2211/2201, CHM 2212/2202, CHM 4621, BIO 3351, plus two lecture/lab courses from CHM 3514/3503, CHM 4622/4603, BIO 3595, BIO 4205, BIO 4505.

Chemistry Track (5)
CHM 2211/2201, CHM 2212/2202, plus two lecture/lab plus one lecture course from CHM 3411/3403,  CHM 3412/3404, CHM 3511/3501, CHM 4611/4601.

Cognitive Science Track (6)
Either CSC 4500 or CSC 4510; CGS 5900 Cognitive Science Seminar; plus two science courses from the approved Cognitive Science C list, PSY 4500 (these six count as BSC science electives),  PSY 1000(can count as Core Social Science requirement; PHI 4610 (free elective).

Computer Science Track (7)
CSC 1052; CSC 1300 (can count as BSC Math Elective); CSC 1700; CSC 2053; CSC 2400; and two approved elective courses.

Economics Track (4)
ECO 1001, ECO 1002, ECO 2101, ECO 2102 (two of these can count towards core Social Science requirements), ECO 3128 or 3138 (count as BSC Science Elective), MAT 4310, MAT 2500, MAT 2705, MAT 2600, MAT 3300 (last three count as BSC science electives).  

Environmental Science Track (5)
Use GEV 1750 and 4700 as Core Social Science courses; GEV 1050, 1051, 2310; choose two from BIO 3255, BIO 3405, BIO 4801, BIO 4451/4452, GLY 2805. 

Information Science Track (6)
CSC 1052, 1300, 2500, 3400, and two approved elective courses.

Math track (4)
MAT 4310 (counts for BSC statistics); MAT 2500 and MAT 2705 (one counts for core BSC math); MAT 2600, plustwo other mathematics courses numbered 3000 or higher.  

Physics Track (7)
PHY 2414/2415, 2416/2417; five PHY courses numbered 3000 or higher.

Education Tracks
You may also attain education certification in various science fields with careful planning of your courses; please consult with the Education and Human Services Department for details. 

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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