Mar 17, 2018  
2017-2018 Academic Catalog 
2017-2018 Academic Catalog

Natural Science, B.S.

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Program Director:  Dr. Joseph Keane, Associate Professor of Chemistry

The natural science major provides a broad-based program of study in the sciences that includes basic training in biology, chemistry, physics, and mathematics and enables students to achieve advanced training in two of these areas.  Since its inception, the program has been the major of choice for many students who have gone on in the health professions to become medical doctors, optometrists, chiropractors, dentists, nurses, physical therapists, and many other professionals.  Because the major is very flexible, it has also been useful for students interested in a variety of other careers such as elementary school teaching, patent law, and technical writing and as a second major for many in the social sciences and humanities.  Muhlenberg has several programs that can be combined with this major, including an Early Assurance Program with Temple University School of Medicine, a cooperative six-year B.S./D.P.T. physical therapy program with Jefferson College of Health Professions of Thomas Jefferson University (TJU), and a seven-year B.S./O.D. optometry program with the State University of New York (SUNY) State College of Optometry.

Major Requirements

Required Courses:

Four courses numbered 200 or greater:

  • Four courses numbered 200 or greater in biology, chemistry, physics, and mathematics that focus the student’s studies.  Two courses in each of two departments.

Two courses numbered 300 or greater:

  • Two courses numbered 300 or greater that continue the study in one or both of the selected departments.

Culminating Undergraduate Experience

One must be chosen from the following list of Culminating Undergraduate Experience courses:


Prerequisite requirements for the specific CUE course must be met.


Students may sharpen their focus by completing additional courses in the sciences.  Students seeking careers in the health professions should continue their focus in biology and chemistry.  Biochemistry, genetics, microbiology, cell biology, metabolism, immunology, and organic chemistry are among the suggested courses.

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