S = Objectives
The general science program is designed for students planning to enter interdisciplinary fields, teach science in secondary schools, enter medicine, public health, dentistry, veterinary medicine, and their allied fields, enter the optometry profession, the field of biomedical engineering, or undertake other programs requiring a general scientific background or a particular mixture of science courses. Joint majors with other departments in the sciences are also possible. Students who intend to do graduate work in a specific scientific field are advised to fulfill the undergraduate requirements for concentration in that field.
S = How to Become a Concentrator
General science is an appropriate concentration for students having a broad interest in science, particular professional or pre-professional objectives that require a particular mix of science courses such as health-related areas including medicine or for students who wish to base a particular group of science electives on a broad general base in the beginning courses in all of the sciences. As in other science areas, prospective general science majors should start early in planning their programs because of various prerequisites that may apply to particular courses and to allow sufficient time to make application to professional schools. Students who wish to have some flexibility in the design of their advanced programs will find general science to be a congenial major that also offers the possibility of an honors program and joint majors with other science departments.
S = Committee
Emily Dudek, Chair
S = Requirements for Concentration
A. Required of all candidates: BIBC 22a; BIOL 22b; BIOL 18a,b; CHEM 10a or 11a with 18a or CHEM 15a with 19a and CHEM 10b or 11b with 18b or 15b with 19b. MATH 10a,b or 11a,b and PHYS 10a,b or 11a,b with 18a,b or 19a,b. Satisfactory grades (C- or above) must be maintained in all of these required courses.
Elective courses: With the approval of the program's advising
head, a candidate in the general science program must also offer
the equivalent of six advanced semester courses from the offerings
of the School of Science. Such courses must be selected from at
least two and not more than four fields within the School of Science.
The following courses may not be elected: all courses designed
exclusively for the University Studies Program in Science and
Mathematics such as Biological Science (BISC), Physical Science
(PHSC), etc.; all courses numbered below 20 (except that COSI
10a and 11b and MATH 8a and 15a may serve as electives), or 90
through 99, or neuroscience courses below 100; or courses outside
the School of Science. Candidates offering elective courses having
laboratories (except physical chemistry) are required to enroll
in any laboratories accompanying the course, e.g., students offering
CHEM 25a,b must also complete CHEM 29a,b.
No course offered for concentration requirements in general science
may be taken pass/fail. No more than one unsatisfactory passing
grade (below C-) in a semester course will be accepted among the
elective courses offered to fulfill the requirements for this
Honors program: Concentrators in general science who wish to earn
a degree with honors must satisfactorily complete an honors program.
No later than September of the year in which honors are to be
earned, the candidate petitions the general science committee
to devise an honors program consisting of laboratory research,
special courses, or both. Approval of this petition is required
to admit a student to the honors program. Laboratory research
is conducted under the sponsorship of a faculty member of the
School of Science; the student enrolls in the 99 course offered
by the department to which the sponsor belongs. If a student wishes
to work with a research director outside the School of Science
or outside of Brandeis, a faculty member of the Brandeis School
of Science must consent to act as the local sponsor. On completion
of the thesis, the sponsor (or outside research director and local
sponsor) makes a recommendation for honors to the general science
committee to accompany the submission of the thesis. The general
science committee will then determine whether the student has
successfully completed the honors program and will recommend the
level of honors to be awarded.