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 or approved alternative
  • MAT 1505 - Calculus II
  • One of MAT 2500, MAT 2705, CSC 1300, or MAT 4315, or MAT 1314
  • 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 or approved alternative
  • PHY 2411 - Lab: Mechanics
  • Capstone Course or approved alternative

and either

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


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

Additional Requirements

In addition each student must select six (6) 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 fields should see the Prehealth Advising Office website for information on the science courses they need to take.  

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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