General Science


Overview & Academics

A well-rounded view of scientific knowledge, along with the methodology and philosophy of science, will be earned with a GENERAL SCIENCE degree. Students will be able to critically analyze societal problems from a scientific viewpoint and propose responsible solutions to their communities.

General Science Faculty

Department Contact

Dr. Jeffrey Kuglitsch
Associate Professor of Earth Science
Ph.D., University of Wisconsin-Madison
jkuglitsch@ncwc.edu
252.985.5338

Career Options

  • Technical Writing
  • Public Policy
  • Lawyer
  • Education
  • Technical Sales
  • Pharmaceuticals
  • Lab and Industrial Sales
  • Major Requirements
    BIO 101, 102, 123, 200, 222
    CHM 111, 112, 121, 122
    PHY 211, 212, 221, 222
    MAT 121, 213
    CIS 211 or 230
    Two Earth Science Courses with laboratories from ERS 131, 132, 141, 142, 171, 172
    BIO 412, CHM 412, or ERS 495
    BIO 421, CHM 402, or ERS 491
    12 additional semester hours in upper level courses in BIO, CHM, or PHY.

    Minor Requirements
    BIO 101, 102
    CHM 111, 112
    One Earth Science course with laboratory from
    ERS 131/132, 141/142, or 171/172
    PHY 211, 212
    8 semester hours of General Science electives.

    General Science Undergraduate Plan*

    Fall Semester Credits
    BIO 101 Life Science 3
    BIO 102 Life Science Lab 1
    MAT 113 College Algebra 3
    ENG 111 Writing I 3
    EXS 100 Fitness & Wellness 2
    HIS/POL Social Science Elective 3
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    TOTAL HOURS: 15


    Spring Semester Credits
    CHM 111 General Chemistry I 3
    CHM 112 General Chemistry I Lab 1
    BIO 123 Methods in General Biology 2
    ENG 112 Writing II 3
    MAT 115 Trigonometry 3
    Elective 3
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    TOTAL HOURS: 15

    Fall Semester Credits
    CIS 211 Programming Structures 3
    BIO 222 Evolution 3
    ERS 131 Planetary Geology 3
    ERS 132 Planetary Geology Lab 1
    ECO/GEO/JUS Social Science Requirement 3
    MAT 121 Calculus I 4
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    TOTAL HOURS: 17


    Spring Semester Credits
    CHM 121 General Chemistry II 3
    CHM 122 General Chemistry II Lab 1
    Major Elective + Laboratory 4
    PSY/SOC Social Science Requirement 3
    MAT 213 Elementary Statistics 3
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    TOTAL HOURS: 14

    Fall Semester Credits
    Major Elective + Laboratory 4
    PHY 211 General Physics I 3
    PHY 212 General Physics I Lab 1
    ERS 141 Physical Geology 3
    ERS 142 Physical Geology Lab 1
    BIO 200 Cell Biology 3
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    TOTAL HOURS: 15


    Spring Semester Credits
    PHY 221 General Physics II 3
    PHY 222 General Physics II Lab 1
    Major Elective + Laboratory 4
    International Studies Requirement 3
    Elective 3
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    TOTAL HOURS: 14

    Fall Semester Credits
    BIO 499, CHM 412, or ERS 495 3
    ENG Literature Requirement 3
    REL 101 or 115 Religious Studies Requirement 3
    Elective 3
    Elective 3
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    TOTAL HOURS: 15


    Spring Semester Credits
    BIO 421, CHM 402, or ERS 491 3
    Ethics Requirement 3
    ART/ENT/MUS Fine Arts Requirement 3
    Elective 3
    Elective 4
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    TOTAL HOURS: 16

    * The four-year degree plan provided is just a guide and not an actual expectation of courses that students have to take during specific semesters. Each student may have a unique graduation plan based on transfer credit, courses offerings, course load taken, summer course options, intended career/graduate school plans, etc. An advisor will work one-on-one with students to customize a four-year degree plan during a student’s first semester if requested by the student.