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2011-2012 University Catalog 
    
2011-2012 University Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Misher General Studies


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The Misher General Studies program provides students entering the University an opportunity to explore all of the degree programs and career options available to them. All students in the Misher General Studies program are eligible for any major or program on campus if they meet the academic and admission requirements of the desired major or program and if space is available.

The Misher General Studies program offers its Forensic Science Option for students interested in preparing for a career in forensic science. Students who choose this option prepare to enter both of USciences’ BS programs and USciences’ forensic science program. The Forensic Science Option is described in more detail below.

The Misher General Studies program provides an opportunity for students to learn about the University and its programs, but does not offer a degree itself. All students in the program must move to a degree-granting program by the end of their second year at the University.

For more information about Misher General Studies contact:

Leslie Ann Bowman, AMLS
Assistant Dean, Misher College of Arts and Sciences
Phone: 215.596.8964
E-mail: l.bowman@usciences.edu
 

Misher General Studies Program


The Misher General Studies Program allows students to enter collegiate life while gathering the information they need to make a decision about their future major field of study and career goals.

Misher General Studies students take coursework that provides a basis for entering any of the University’s curricula. Students are required to complete the orientation course (MI 101), which provides information on the various majors and programs offered by the University as well as information about the University’s resources and strategies for succeeding in college.

Misher General Studies students typically decide on an academic program to pursue by April 15 of their freshman year. The student then meets with his/her academic advisor and the chair of the department in the area of interest to determine the student’s suitability for the academic program of his/her choice. This determination is based primarily upon academic qualifications and space availability in the academic program.

Misher General Studies students may remain in the program for an additional year with the approval of the dean of Misher College (or the dean’s designee). The curriculum of the second year is developed by the student and his/her advisor, utilizing the student’s interests as guidelines.

Acceptance into the Misher General Studies program does not guarantee admittance into one of the University’s degree-granting programs; rather, academic performance as a student will determine eligibility for any curricular program. If at the end of the second year the student has not been accepted into a major, he/she may be withdrawn from the University.

 

Sample Misher General Studies Curriculum


First Year


Fall Semester


Credits/Semester: 15

Spring Semester


Credits/Semester: 15

Footnotes:


  1. Students may elect BS130/131.
  2. Students may elect CH111/113 and CH112/114.

Forensic Science Option


The Misher General Studies Forensic Science Option provides information about the University’s majors to students interested in one of the many career paths related to forensic science.

The American Academy of Forensic Sciences recommends a degree in science for students planning a career in forensic science. The United States Department of Justice recommends a “solid educational background in natural sciences with extensive laboratory coursework.” They regard the model candidate for all forensic science practices as possessing a bachelor degree in the natural sciences. Through the University’s degree programs in biochemistry, biology, chemistry, medical laboratory science, microbiology, environmental science, and pharmaceutical chemistry, students can prepare themselves for a rewarding career in the criminal justice system as they earn a strong bachelor of science degree. The earned degree will also serve them well if they decide to alter their career plans.

First-year students take coursework that provides a basis for entering any of the University’s curricula. Students are required to complete the orientation course (MI 101), which provides information on the various majors offered by the University as well as information about the University’s resources and strategies for succeeding in college.

Forensic Science Option students typically decide on an academic program to pursue by April 15 of their freshman year. The student then meets with his/her academic advisor and the chair of the department in the area of interest to determine the student’s suitability for the academic program of his/her choice. This determination is based primarily upon academic qualifications and space availability in the academic program.

Forensic Science Option students may remain in the Misher Studies program for an additional year with the approval of the dean of Misher College (or the dean’s designee). The curriculum of the second year is developed by the student and his/her advisor, utilizing the student’s ultimate career goals as guidelines. This usually includes the beginning of formal coursework in forensic science with FS 201 – Forensic Analysis I.

Acceptance into the Misher General Studies Forensic Science Option program does not guarantee admittance into one of the University’s degree-granting programs; rather, academic performance as a student will determine eligibility for any curricular program. If at the end of the second year the student has not been accepted into a major, he/she will be withdrawn from the University.

Sample Misher General Studies Forensic Science Option Curriculum


First Year


Fall Semester


Credits/Semester: 15

Spring Semester


Credits/Semester: 15

Footnotes:


  1. Students may elect BS 103/104.
  2. Students may elect CH 111/113 and CH 112/114.

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