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  Sep 24, 2017
 
Xavier University Undergraduate and Graduate Catalog 2017-2018 
  
Xavier University Undergraduate and Graduate Catalog 2017-2018

Natural Sciences, B.S.


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This major is no longer admitting students as of Fall 2017.  Students should consult the renamed and revised major Biomedical Sciences, B.S.  

 

(Preparation for health professions, like medicine and dentistry)

The natural sciences curriculum presents a liberal arts program with emphasis on those sciences required for an excellent background for subsequent studies in medicine, dentistry, and similar health  professions. Recurrent pronouncements by Committees on Admissions at professional schools leave no doubt that they regard an education in the liberal arts as one of the most important factors in forming a genuinely capable and effective health professional, but majoring in natural sciences is not a requirement for admission to a health profession. (See Certificate in Pre-Medical Studies.) The student should consult a current listing of professional school admission requirements* so that the selected course of study will assure the student of a degree and include all the minimum requirements for admission to those schools of medicine or dentistry to which he/she intends to apply.

* “Medical School Admission Requirements,” published by the Association of American Medical Colleges, or “Admission Requirements of U.S. and Canadian Dental Schools,” published by the American Association of Dental Schools.

Requirements for the Natural Sciences Major


Core Curriculum Requirements:


48 - 63 credit hours dependent on courses taken, including

Mathematics:


  • MATH 140/150 Elements of Calculus I  and  MATH 156 - General Statistics

or

  • MATH 170/171 - Calculus I and  MATH 156 - General Statistics 

Science:


  • Requirement included within the major.

Major Requirements:


58 credit hours, as follows

8 additional hours in biology or 8 hours in chemistry:


  • To include two hours of research along with the additional hours in BIOL or CHEM electives. (See academic advisor for specific course selection.)

Note(s):


  • A 2.000 cumulative average must be attained in all biology, chemistry and physics courses.

TOTAL Minimum Hours Required for Degree: 120 Semester Hours


B.S. Natural Sciences


This block serves as a guideline for progress toward a degree. See your academic advisor.

Freshman Year


First Semester


  • BIOL 160 - General Biology I
  • BIOL 161 - General Biology I Lab
  • CHEM 160 - General Chemistry I
  • CHEM 161 - General Chemistry I Lab
  • CORE 101 GOA  
  • CORE 100 - First Year Seminar or THEO 111 - Theological Foundations
  • ENGL 101 - English Composition or ENGL 115 - Rhetoric

Total (14)

Second Semester


  • BIOL 162 - General Biology II
  • BIOL 163 - General Biology II Lab
  • CHEM 162 - General Chemistry II
  • CHEM 163 - General Chemistry II Lab
  • CORE 100 - First Year Seminar or  THEO 111 - Theological Foundations 
  • CORE 102  - GOA 
  • PHIL 100 - Ethics as Intro to Philosophy

 

Total (14)

Sophomore Year


First Semester


  • CHEM 240 - Organic Chemistry I
  • CHEM 241 - Organic Chemistry I Lab
  • MATH 140/150           
  • PHYS 160 - College Physics I
  • PHYS 161 - Introductory Physics Lab I
  • Second Language I  

Total (14)

Second Semester


  • CHEM 242 - Organic Chemistry II
  • CHEM 243 - Organic Chemistry II Lab
  • PHYS 162 - College Physics II
  • PHYS 163 - Introductory Physics Lab II
  • Second Language II
  • Social Science Elective (SOCI 101 Med School)
  • BIOL  Elective  

 

Total (14)

Junior Year


First Semester


  • BIOL 410 - Human Physiology
  • BIOL 411 - Human Physiology Lab
  • BIOL 440 - Biochemistry   or CHEM 440 - Biochemistry
  • MATH 156 - General Statistics or MATH 171 - Calculus II
  • PSYC 101 - General Psychology
  • PHIL 200 - Philosophical Perspectives Elective

Total (17)

Second Semester


  • BIOL 230 - Genetics
  • BIOL 231 - Genetics Laboratory
  • BIOL 354 - Human and Comparative Anat
  • BIOL 355 - Human and Comp Anat Lab
  • Diversity Curriculum Elective (3) **
  • ENGL 205 - Literature & Moral Imagination or CLAS 205 - Classical Lit & Moral Imagina or SPAN 205 - Hispanic Lit & Moral Imagin

Total (15)

Senior Year


First Semester


  • BIOL 497 - Experimental Biology Lab or BIOL 498 - Methods of Biol Research I or CHEM 400 - Research/Seminar***
  • BIOL Elective   (4)
  • CHEM 220 - Principles of Physical Chem
  • CHEM 221 - Analytical Chemistry
  • Creative Perspectives Elective
  • Theological Perspectives Elective

 

Total (14-15)

Second Semester


  • BIOL 496 - Senior Capstone Seminar or BIOL 499 - Methods of Biol Research II or CHEM 400 - Research/Seminar***
  • Biology or Chemistry Elective
  • E/RS Focus Elective **
  • General Elective
  • Humanities Elective
  • Historical Perspectives Elective

Total (16-17)

Note(s):


  • * For medical school/MCAT requirements, take PHYS 160 - 163 in the sophomore year and Biology electives in the junior year, including BIOL 440 in the fall of the junior year, BIOL 354/355 in the spring of junior year. PSYC 101 and SOCI 101 must be taken before the MCAT.
  • ** DCR  & E/RS may double count with other core courses. Use “Attribute Type” when searching for courses.
  • *** Students select a concentration of elective courses plus research in either biology or chemistry. Elective courses vary from year to year, so contact your academic advisor for current selections. Students concentrating in chemistry should add Chemical Literature (CHEM 300), one hour, to junior year schedule.  A minimum of 120 credit hours is required for the degree.      
  • All students must elect one each of oral communications, quantitative reasoning and writing-intensive flagged courses; many of these are available within the core or major.

Scheduling Notes:


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