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General Science

Why General Science at Coe?

Coe recommends most students interested in science pursue a major in biology, chemistry or physics. Related collateral major options include biochemistry, environmental science and neuroscience.

However, the general science major may be useful to students whose scientific interests do not fit well within a single discipline. The food science, pharmaceutical, biophysical and agricultural sciences areas are examples of such cross-disciplinary interests.

Combined with a major in English or collateral major in writing, general science is excellent preparation for a writing career in science or technology. In addition, general science can be an appropriate major for students who intend to teach science at the secondary school level. When combined with other majors or minors, a degree in general science can be excellent preparation for careers in law, business and public relations.

To complete a major in general science, a student needs to complete a minimum of 13 course credits from the natural science areas of biology, chemistry, mathematics and physics. At least seven of these 13 course credits must be above the introductory level and at least two course credits must be in biology. 

  • Six course credits in one of the four natural science areas 
  • Five course credits in a second natural science field (or mathematics through Linear Algebra (MTH-265)) 
  • Two course credits in a third natural science field 

Students interested in the general science major are strongly encouraged to communicate with Dr. Steve Singleton, associate professor of chemistry and the administrative coordinator for the general science major. He can be reached via email at: