General Science Program

Main Campus - Melbourne

Department of Education and Interdisciplinary Studies

Laszlo A. Baksay, Ph.D., Program Chair

Students who wish to postpone the selection of a major may enroll for up to one year as a general science student, following the curriculum described below. This curriculum is designed to allow students more time to become familiar with programs offered by the College of Science. Students may need to make up some credit hours later on (eight or fewer in most cases), if they follow the general science curriculum. Students are urged to transfer to degree programs as early as possible.

Fall (17 Credit Hours)
  • ASC 1000 University Experience
    Credit Hours: 1
    Helps first-year students adjust to the university and acquire essential academic survival skills (classroom behavior, academic honesty, study skills, etc.) that enhance academic and social integration into college.
  • BIO 1010 Biological Discovery 1
    Credit Hours: 4
    The first of a two-semester sequence on the scientific approach to biology. Emphasizes the scientific method, analytical techniques, use of original source materials, ethical questions in biology, historical perspectives of the development of biological theory and profiles of prominent figures in biology.
  • CHM 1101 General Chemistry 1
    Credit Hours: 4
    Covers fundamental principles of modern chemistry, including stoichiometry, properties of gases, liquids and solids, thermochemistry, atomic structure, properties of solutions and equilibrium. Includes lab component.
  • COM 1101 Composition and Rhetoric
    Credit Hours: 3
    The first of two courses in college-level writing skills. Focuses on writing essays using various rhetorical modes: persuasion, description, comparison and analysis. Presents basic methods of library research, as well as the MLA documentation system. Students write one research paper and several essays.
    Passing grade on placement exam or prerequisite course
  • EDS 1502 Inquiry Approaches to Teaching
    Credit Hours: 1
    Acts as the first step in exploring teaching in science or mathematics. Provides early field experience in teaching. Introduces the theory and practice necessary to design and deliver instruction. Requires student to teach at the elementary level in local public school and student teams to present lessons to grades three to five.
    Program chair approval
  • MTH 1001 Calculus 1
    Credit Hours: 4
    Functions and graphs, limits and continuity, derivatives of algebraic and trigonometric functions, chain rule; applications to maxima and minima, and to related rates. Exponential logarithmic, circular and hyperbolic functions: their inverses, derivatives and integrals.
    High school algebra and trigonometry, and a passing score on the placement test, or prerequisite course
Spring (16 Credit Hours)
  • CHM 1102 General Chemistry 2
    Credit Hours: 4
    Continues . Covers acids and bases, thermodynamics, electrochemistry, kinetics, descriptive chemistry of metals and nonmetals, coordination chemistry, nuclear chemistry. Introduces organic chemistry. Includes lab component.
  • COM 1102 Writing About Literature
    Credit Hours: 3
    The second of two courses in college-level writing skills. Focuses on reading and analyzing poems, plays and short works of fiction. Students write several essays and one research paper on literary topics.
  • EDS 1503 Inquiry-Based Lesson Design
    Credit Hours: 1
    Acts as second step in exploring teaching in science or mathematics. Covers the middle school environment. Includes inquiry-based lesson analysis, design and assessment. Requires students to be assigned according to interest to a middle school mentor teacher. Includes observation and teaching three quest inquiry-based lessons as part of student team.
  • MTH 1002 Calculus 2
    Credit Hours: 4
    Integration and applications of integration, further techniques of integration, improper integrals, limits, l'Hospital's rule, sequences and series, numerical methods, polar coordinates and introductory differential equations.
Select one course:
  • BIO 1020 Biological Discovery 2
    Credit Hours: 4
    The second of a two-semester sequence on the scientific approach to biology. Continues an integrated approach to the study of the hierarchal structure and function of living systems, including the origin and history of life on Earth.
  • PHY 1001 Physics 1
    Credit Hours: 4
    Includes vectors; mechanics of particles; Newton's laws of motion; work, energy and power; impulse and momentum; conservation laws; mechanics of rigid bodies, rotation, equilibrium; fluids, heat and thermodynamics; and periodic motion.

Students in this program are advised by the education and interdisciplinary studies department head until a degree program is selected. Once 30 credit hours (not including remedial courses) have been successfully completed, continued registration is contingent on selection of a degree program. Acceptance into the desired degree program is automatic unless the student has been academically dismissed.