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2012-2013 University Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Humanities and Science - Major


Students in this unique program will complete an unusually rigorous requirement in the natural sciences and develop a high level of competency in the humanities. All students complete two semesters of biology, two semesters of chemistry, and one semester of physics. In addition, they study mathematics through calculus. As they advance, students take courses in science at the upper level. At the same time, they will develop proficiency in writing and in a foreign language; complete upper-level work in history, literature, and philosophy; and involve themselves in at least one of the fine arts. All students also participate in a senior capstone course in which they bring focus and coherence to their studies by completing a project in which they not only bring together their work in the humanities but also show the connections between the humanities and the natural sciences.

This program does not lead directly to a specific profession; it is pre-professional and assumes that many of its graduates will continue their education. This degree is a liberal arts degree and like any such degree can lead to a wide range of employment opportunities. Since it teaches students to read and write at a high level, think critically, and study independently, the program produces graduates who will be successful in a wide range of contexts, most particularly advanced study in the health sciences. The demand for physicians, veterinarians, dentists, and other healthcare professionals remains high and will most likely do so for the foreseeable future, particularly as America’s population ages.

Learning Outcomes for Majors in Humanities and Science

Students who successfully complete the curriculum of the humanities and science major will be able to:

  • Write at a high level of proficiency.
  • Read and interpret texts with insight.
  • Describe how the humanities and the sciences comment on and relate to each other.
  • Have a basic knowledge of at least one language other than English.
  • Apply the methods of literary and historical study as well as those of the bench scientist.
  • Enter well-prepared into graduate or professional school or employment.

Humanities and Science Degree Requirements


To qualify for the bachelor of science in humanities and science, a minimum of 127 credit hours of approved courses is required, of which 49 hours must be in approved courses in the humanities. In addition, 25 credits of science are required, beyond the general education requirements, to give a total of 32 credits in science. Students must maintain a “C” average (2.0). Coursework is to be distributed as indicated below.

In order to earn a degree from the Misher College of Arts and Sciences, a student must complete thirty (30) in-residence credits at a University campus. Fifteen (15) of the thirty in-residence credits must be at the 300 level or higher. In-residence credits are defined as credits for courses offered by the University for which a student receives credit and a grade that can contribute to the student’s calculated grade point average.

Core Requirements (4 credits)


Distribution Requirements (21 credits)


  • Foreign Language (courses must be in the same language) Credits: 6
  • Fine Arts Credits: 3
  • English Credits: 3
  • Ethics Credits: 3
  • History Credits: 3
  • Philosophy Credits: 3

Major Concentration (49 credits)


Science Program Electives, Credits: 25


Courses with the following prefixes fulfill the science program electives: BS, CH, PY, BI, FS, GL; others as approved by the department chair)

Humanities Program Electives, Credits: 24 credits


Courses with the following prefixes fulfill the relevant distribution requirement and the program elective requirement: AC, AR, CA, EN, ET, GE, HI, HU, LA, MU, PL, RS, SP; others as approved by the department chair

Sample Humanities and Science Curriculum Plan


Students entering in Catalog Years 2009 and beyond (graduating classes of 2013 and beyond)—with general education.

First Year


Fall Semester


  • Foreign Language Requirement Credits: 3

Credits/Semester: 14


Spring Semester


  • Foreign Language Requirement Credits: 3
  • Free Elective Credits: 3

Credits/Semester: 17


Second Year


Fall Semester


  • Science Program Elective I Credits: 4
  • Major Distribution Course I (Ethics) Credits: 3
  • General Education Social Science Requirement Credits: 3

Intellectual Heritage I Credits: 3


(Choose one)

Credits/Semester: 17


Spring Semester


  • Major Distribution Course 2 (English) Credits: 3
  • General Education Social Science Requirement Credits: 3

Intellectual Heritage II Credits: 3


(Choose one)

Credits/Semester: 17


Third Year


Fall Semester


  • Major Distribution Course 3 (Fine Arts) Credits: 3
  • Humanities Program Elective 1 Credits: 3
  • General Education Humanities Requirement Credits: 3
  • Science Program Elective II Credits: 4

Credits/Semester: 16


Spring Semester


  • Science Program Elective III Credits: 4
  • Major Distribution Course 4 (History) Credits: 3
  • Major Distribution Course 5 (Philosophy) Credits: 3
  • General Education Humanities Requirement Credits: 3
  • General Education Elective (outside major) Credits: 3

Credits/Semester: 16


Fourth Year


Fall Semester


  • Science Program Elective IV Credits: 4
  • Humanities Program Elective 2 Credits: 3
  • Humanities Program Elective 3 Credits: 3
  • Humanities Program Elective 4 Credits: 3
  • Humanities Program Elective 5 Credits: 3

Credits/Semester: 16


Spring Semester


  • Humanities Program Elective 6 Credits: 3
  • Humanities Program Elective 7 Credits: 3
  • Humanities Program Elective 8 Credits: 3
  • General Education Elective (outside major) Credits: 3

Credits/Semester: 15


Total Credits: 128


Total Minimum Credits: 127