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Natural Science

For course descriptions see the 2005-2007 Academic Course Catalog.

Concentration in Natural Science (64 credits)

Two courses (8 credits) from each of four of the following areas:

NUTR 125, 330, 331 and ENVR 175, 275 may be selected to fulfill up to three of the eight courses.

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Area I
ASTR 211, Solar System (4) NS
ASTR 212, Stellar Universe (4) NS

Area II
BIOL 121, Introduction to Cell and Molecular Biology (4) NS
BIOL 221, Introduction to Organismal Biology (4)
BIOL 222, Introduction to Ecology, Evolution, and Diversity (4)

Area III
CHEM 123, General Chemistry I (4) NS
CHEM 234, General Chemistry II (4) (QR)

Area IV
CSCI 150, Introduction to the Science of Computing (4)
CSCI 160, Problem Solving, Programming, and Computers (4)

Area V
GEOL 211, Physical Geology (4) NS
GEOL 212, Evolution of the Earth or

GEOL 213, (4)
GEOL 214, (4) 

Area VI
MATH 119, Calculus I (4) MT

or MATH 123, Essentials of Calculus (4) MT

MATH 120, Calculus II (4) MT
MATH 124, Probability and Statistics (4) MT

Area VII
PHYS 105, Physics for the Life Sciences I (4) NS
PHYS 106, Physics for the Life Sciences II (4)(QR)

or PHYS 191, Foundations of Physics I (4) NS
& PHYS 200, Foundations of Physics II (4) (QR)

Eight additional 4-credit courses from Biology, Chemistry, Computer Science, Math or Physics, five of which must be upper division. NUTR 125, 330, and 331 may be selected to fulfill up to three of the eight courses and ENVR 250 and 251 may also be selected.

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(64 total credits)

Note: The only 100-level science courses that may be used to fulfill a requirement for this concentration are listed above.

Note: All prospective natural science majors need to fulfill the math proficiency requirement before they can be admitted to the major. 

Special Requirements:
For the "three-one" program in Dentistry, the requirements for a natural science major will be fulfilled by meeting the lower-division requirements in biology, chemistry, mathematics and physics; plus CHEM 235 and 236, a minimum of two upper-division science electives; and credits from the first year of professional school (when transferred back to Saint Benedicts or Saint John's).

Suggestions:
Students whose interests lie primarily in biology and chemistry should begin with BIOL 115, 116 and CHEM 123, 234. If inclined toward a physics concentration, students should begin with PHYS 191, 200 and MATH 119, 120.


Concentration in Natural Science/Secondary Education

This program is designed for students interested in teaching science at the secondary (grades 5-12) level. This course sequence must be combined with a minor in secondary education. Majors should contact the education department early in their college career for advice on licensing requirements.

Students are advised that a program in natural science fulfilling Minnesota licensure academic requirements may require a ninth semester, course overloads and/or summer school. Consult Dr. Anna McKenna (Natural Science) or Bruce Dickau for the approved program.

Science requirements for all licensure areas ( 9-12) (32-36 credits)
____ BIOL 115, Concepts of Biology I (4) NS
____ BIOL 116, Concepts of Biology II (4)
____ CHEM 123, General Chemistry I (4) NS
____ CHEM 234, General Chemistry II (4) (QR)
____ ASTR 211, Solar System (4) NS OR
____ ASTR 212, Stellar Universe (4) NS (212 recommended)
____ GEOL 211, Physical Geology (4) NS OR
____ GEOL 212, Evolution of the Earth (4) NS OR
____ GEOL 213, (4) OR
____ GEOL 214, (4)
____ PHYS 105, Physics for the Life Sciences I (4) NS
____ PHYS 106, Physics for the Life Sciences II (4)(QR)

or PHYS 191, Foundations of Physics I (4) NS
& PHYS 200, Foundations of Physics II (4) (QR)

Suggested Math Courses:

____ MATH 119, Calculus I (4) MT

OR MATH 123, Essentials of Calculus (4) MT
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MATH 124, Probability and Statistics (4) MT


Education requirements for all licensure areas (5-12)
____ EDUC 105, Exceptional Learners (2)
____ EDUC 107, Introduction to Teaching and Learning (2) (GE)
____ EDUC 109, Chemical Use and Abuse (1)
____ EDUC 200, The Developing Person: Empasis Pre-K through Young Adult (4)
____ EDUC 213/275, Clinical Experience for K-12/5-12 Minors (1-2)
____ EDUC 310, Education Psychology (4) SSU, (QR)
____ EDUC 354, Middle School Literacy and Pedagogy 5-8 (4)
____ EDUC 355, Secondary School Pedagogy 9-12 (4)
____ EDUC 359, Issues in Education K-12 (1)
____ EDUC 362, Student Teaching 5-12 (16)
____ EDUC 390, Human Relations Senior Seminar (4)
____ First Aid/CPR Certification
____ Fulfillment of speech requirement


Biology 9-12 (21 credits) (Total: 53 credits)
____ BIOL 200, Biological Information (1)
____ BIOL 305, Invertebrate Zoology (4)OR

BIOL 306, The Plant Kingdom (4) OR
BIOL 307, Microbiology (4)

____ BIOL 316, Genetics (4)
____ BIOL 339, Evolution (4)
____ BIOL 334, General Ecology (4) OR

BIOL 336, Behavioral Ecology (4) OR
BIOL 337, Aquatic Ecology (4)

____ BIOL 323, Comparative Physiology (4) OR

BIOL 324, General Physiology (4) OR
BIOL 327, Plant Physiology (4)


Chemistry 9-12 (21 credits) (Total: 53 credits)
____ CHEM 235, Organic Chemistry I (4)
____ CHEM 236, Organic Chemistry II (4)
____ CHEM 320, Chemical Literature (1)
____ CHEM 335, Analytical Chemistry (4)
____ 8 Additional credits
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Physics 9-12 (28-29 credits) (Total: 60-61 credits)
____ PHYS 191 and PHYS 200 from the Core area
____ PHYS 211, Foundations of Physics III (4)
____ PHYS 217A, Digital Electronics (2)
____ PHYS 320, Modern Physics (4)
____ PHYS 332, Intermediate Physics Laboratory (0-1) (2 semesters)
____ PHYS 343, Thermodynamics (2)
____ MATH 119, Calculus I (4)
____ MATH 120, Calculus II (4)
____ MATH 239, Linear Algebra (4)
____ MATH 337, Differential Equations (4)


Suggested first semester program of study

CORE 100 or HONR 100, Symposium (4)
Two courses from the following:

BIOL 115, Concepts of Biology NS (4)
CHEM 123, General Chemistry NS (4)
MATH 119, 120 , 123 , or 124 MT (4)
PHYS 105 or 191 NS (4)
GEOL 211, Physical Geology (4)
ASTR 211, Solar System (4)

Foreign language or other Core requirement (4)

NOTE: Because of the flexibility of this major, students intending to pursue a natural science major or a natural science major with a teaching sequence should consult with an appropriate advisor in the natural sciences as early as possible.

For more information, see the Natural Science Division website.