The Bachelor of Science in Biological and Physical Sciences at the University of Houston-Downtown provides a broad-based curriculum in the liberal arts, the Natural Sciences designed to meet the career goals and interest of the student. While the department offers more narrowly focused degree programs in biology, chemistry, and microbiology, this program allows the student more flexibility in tailoring a degree program to his/her unique needs. This degree program is especially appropriate for students interested in multidisciplinary areas such as:
- Environmental science
- Earth/geological science
- Forensic science
- Medical or patent law
- Life science
- Medical technology
- Public health
- Science education
The biological and physical sciences degree program will prepare those interested in graduate work. It will also prepare students for rewarding careers through smaller classes, faculty mentoring, modern labs, hands-on experience, and flexible class options. Students are encouraged to participate in an appropriate field experience or research activity as part of their curriculum. Students interested in secondary science education may consider the B.S. in Biological and Physical Sciences with Emphasis in Teacher Certification.
PROGRAM LEARNING OUTCOMES
Graduates who earn a BS in Biological and Physical Science will be able to:
Demonstrate basic knowledge of the discipline (Basic Knowledge.
Demonstrate an understanding of the ethical standards for the responsible conduct of scientific research and its applications (Ethics).
Carry out the independent project-based activity (Research and Knowledge Application).
Effectively use the scientific method and scientific reasoning both qualitatively and quantitatively (Scientific Reasoning).
Work as part of a team (Teamwork).
Demonstrate laboratory skills common to modern laboratories (Laboratory Skills - Technology).
Effectively communicate scientific information in writing and in oral presentations (Communication Skills).
DEGREE PLAN INFORMATION
The following four-year degree plan is based on the UHD 2016-2017 academic catalog. Students should meet with a UHD Academic Advisor to develop their own plan.
ADMISSIONS AND DECLARATION OF MAJOR
Students may be admitted to and declare a major in Biological and Physical Sciences if they meet the following criteria:
Many biology majors attend graduate school or other professional programs after completing a bachelor’s degree. Some end up working in a field directly related to their major. Graduates find fascinating jobs in various science-related fields. Depending on the area of interest students study within their degree, career options include:
- Clinical Research Associate (CRA)
- Clinical Research Coordinator
- Natural Science Manager
- Medical Technologist
- Forensic Scientist
- Environmental Specialist
- Data Analyst
- Secondary School Teacher
- Medical Research Assistant
- Chemistry 21 Hours Minimum
- Geology 20 Hours Minimum
- Microbiology 20 Hours Minimum
We aim to foster your academic, personal, and professional goals. If you have any questions or need assistance, please contact the program coordinator.
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