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Brynden Riggan

B.S. in Sciences

This degree enables students whose broad interest in the sciences encompasses a range of disciplines and courses not typically found within a single academic unit or program.

Working with a dedicated academic advisor, students devise a program of study which meets their academic or career goals as well as WSU degree standards. Students include coursework to satisfy all University Core Requirements (UCORE) and any additional graduation requirements of the College of Arts and Sciences.

Contact an advisor to to learn more about specific components for each option or to discuss your ideas.

Student should consult with an academic advisor in the desired program .

Four general studies options are available in sciences are:

  • Biological Sciences
  • Basic Medical Sciences
  • Mathematics
  • Physical Sciences

Plans of Study

Each of the four options may follow one of two plans of study, Plan A or Plan B, with both plans leading up to 120 credit hours for the degree.

Plan A—Primary/Secondary Concentration

Primary concentration

A minimum of 24 semester credits, including at least 15 300-400-level credits, must be completed in biological sciences, in mathematics, or in a single physical science with a minimum 2.00 primary concentration gpa.

Secondary concentration

A minimum of 15 semester credits, including at least 6 300-400-level credits, must be completed in another academic department, program or area published in the catalog with a minimum 2.0 minor concentration gpa.

Students who complete a Plan A curriculum will receive a bachelor of science degree. The transcript (not the diploma) will identify a subject matter in general biological sciences (Gen B), general basic medical sciences (Gen BMS), general mathematics (Gen M), or general physical sciences (Gen P), depending on the primary concentration.

Plan B—Three Related Areas in Biological Sciences or Physical Sciences

A combination of biological sciences or physical sciences courses of at least 39 credits in three or more related academic areas; 9 credits in each academic area are required and 21 300-400-level hours must be completed with at least a 2.0 gpa in these courses. The related areas in general biological sciences include biology, biochemistry, botany, genetics and cell biology, microbiology, zoology, and approved biology-based courses in agriculture. The related areas in general physical sciences include astronomy, chemistry, geology, mathematics, physics, and approved courses in computer sciences and engineering. Students who complete a Plan B curriculum receive a bachelor of science degree.