Florida Tech's College of Science is renowned for degree programs that combine theory and practice, research and application. Often, first-year students are unsure of the exact degree they want to choose. Fortunately, Florida Tech's general science program offers students who are interested in the sciences but still deciding on a major the option to explore different fields for a year prior to declaring a major.
The general science program includes solid course work in biology, chemistry and calculus (with the option to take physics), which keeps students on track with courses needed no matter which degree program they choose later. It also lets the student learn about their strengths and interests whether it is mathematics, chemistry, marine biology, premed studies, or astronomy and astrophysics.
Florida Tech is ranked a Tier One Best National University by U.S. News & World Report and has been named among the "Best in the Southeast" by Princeton Review. In addition, Washington Monthly ranks Florida Tech a Barron's Guide "Best Buy" and the top private university in Florida. Choosing Florida Tech for a general science program puts you in strong company.
A Florida Tech education means personal attention, an interdisciplinary learning environment and opportunity for undergraduate research and publication. Being part of the general science program also means hands-on science – something you go out into the field and do in nearby natural resources such as the estuarine habitats of the Indian River Lagoon and the Atlantic Ocean marine ecosystem.
General science program undergraduate students may also take part in research activities that support local, state and national agencies in topics of interest such as:
After being in the general science program and determining a major, senior students participate in advanced studies in the field (or fields) that most interests them through completion of a capstone seminar, for which they research, write and present a substantial paper focused on an important interdisciplinary topic of their choosing. Students have access to high-tech tools such as photomicroscopes, a scanning electron microscope and all manner of laboratory equipment, from centrifuges to growth chambers.
In the general science program and beyond, students have an opportunity to build leadership and professional experience through internships and research, as well as participate in academic organizations, performance groups, intramural sports, student government and over 100 other student organizations.
Employers that have recruited Florida Tech students for internships and careers include General Electric, the Environmental Protection Agency, NASA, Harris Corp., Sea World and Microsoft.
Many science majors go to graduate programs in their field at Florida Tech and other prestigious universities, including Columbia, Penn State, Princeton and Yale.
In terms of location, Florida Tech can't be beat. The campus is located on the Space Coast, an area within the fifth largest high-tech, scientific workforce in the country, with more than 5,000 high-tech corporations, government and military organizations that provide a variety of internship and employment opportunities.
Atlantic Ocean beaches are only a short drive away, as well as Central Florida attractions such as the NASA Kennedy Space Center, Cape Canaveral and Walt Disney World Resort. Florida Tech has a rich campus life that includes intramural and collegiate sports, clubs and social activities. Begin your general science program at Florida Tech.