Humanities and Science Major - Curriculum & Duration

University of the Sciences' BS in Humanities and Science program gives you a thorough grounding in the natural sciences in combination with in-depth study in the various humanities disciplines. You can create a major that centers on a traditional discipline, such as English or history, or develop a cross-disciplinary major on a theme of your own devising. Whatever your choice, you will complete the necessary prerequisites for application to medical school and various other graduate programs, with at least 32 credit hours of natural science and at least 42 credits of work in humanities.

The following is a typical curriculum for humanities and science students entering University of the Sciences in Fall 2017; other students should refer to their advisor for their curricula. All students will fulfill distribution requirements in five of the seven following subject areas: Foreign Language (second semester level or above), Fine Arts, English, History, Philosophy, Classics, and Religious Studies.

First Year

Orientation to Humanities
General Biology I, II
Humanities Distribution Requirement I
Precalculus, General Calculus
Writing and Rhetoric I, II
Physical Education I, II

Second Year

Humanities Distribution Requirement II
Humanities Distribution Requirement III
General Chemistry I, II
General Chemistry Lab I, II
Survey of Physics
Multidisciplinary Inquiry Requirements
General Education Social Sciences Requirements
Science Elective

Third Year

Humanities Distribution Requirement IV
Humanities Distribution Requirement V
Introduction to Communication
Humanities Elective
General Education Humanities Requirements
Science Electives
General Education Elective

Fourth Year

Pre-Capstone Course
Humanities Electives
Science Elective
Capstone Course
Senior Seminar
General Education Elective
Additional general education courses are required as part of this program.

Learning Outcomes

Each program at USciences has developed student learning goals.  Graduates of the humanities and science program will achieve these learning outcomes:

  • Write at a high level of proficiency
  • Read and interpret texts with insight
  • Describe how the humanities and the sciences comment on and relate to each other
  • Have a basic knowledge of at least one language other than English
  • Apply the methods of literary and historical study as well as those of the bench scientist
  • Enter well-prepared into graduate or professional school or employment


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