2016-2017 Undergraduate Catalog 
    May 18, 2024  
2016-2017 Undergraduate Catalog [ARCHIVED 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 calculus 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, osteopaths, chiropractors, dentists, nurses, occupational therapists, and many other professionals.  Because the major is very flexible, it has been useful for students interested in other careers such as patent law, technical writing, elementary and middle school teaching, and as a second major for many in the social sciences and humanities.  Muhlenberg has several programs that can be combined with this major (see Cooperative Programs ): (1) a program in dentistry with the University of Pennsylvania School of Dental Medicine, (2) a program in medicine with Drexel University School of Medicine and Lehigh Valley Hospital, (3) a program with the School of Forestry and Environmental Studies at Duke University, (4) a program in physical therapy at Thomas Jefferson University.

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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