College of Arts and Sciences

General Studies and Advising Center

B.S. in Sciences

General Studies is for students whose primary interest in the sciences requires programs and course selections not possible within single academic units or established curricula.

Students who wish to earn a bachelor of science will devise an approved, coherent program of study that fulfills an academic or career goal and includes prerequisites consistent with the 300- and 400-level course work.

Students in the program must also satisfy the GER/UCORE and College of Arts and Sciences graduation requirements and take at least 40 of a total 120 semester hours in 300-400 level courses. Honors students must complete the Honors College requirements which replace the GER/UCORE requirements, but must satisfy the College of Arts and Sciences graduation requirements.

Student should consult with an academic advisor in the desired program to learn more about specific components for each degree.

Four options are available in General Studies—Sciences:

  • General Studies—Biological Sciences
  • General Studies—Basic Medical Sciences
  • General Studies—Mathematics
  • General Studies—Physical Sciences

Plans of Study

Each of the four options may follow one of two plans of study, Plan A or Plan B, with both plans leading up to 120 credit hours for the degree.

Plan A—Primary/Secondary Concentration

Primary concentration

A minimum of 24 semester credits, including at least 15 300-400-level credits, must be completed in biological sciences, in mathematics, or in a single physical science with a minimum 2.00 primary concentration gpa.

Secondary concentration

A minimum of 15 semester credits, including at least 6 300-400-level credits, must be completed in another academic department, program or area published in the catalog with a minimum 2.0 minor concentration gpa.

Students who complete a Plan A curriculum will receive a bachelor of science degree. The transcript (not the diploma) will identify a subject matter in general biological sciences (Gen B), general basic medical sciences (Gen BMS), general mathematics (Gen M), or general physical sciences (Gen P), depending on the primary concentration.

Plan B—Three Related Areas in Biological Sciences or Physical Sciences

A combination of biological sciences or physical sciences courses of at least 39 credits in three or more related academic areas; 9 credits in each academic area are required and 21 300-400-level hours must be completed with at least a 2.0 gpa in these courses. The related areas in general biological sciences include biology, biochemistry, botany, genetics and cell biology, microbiology, zoology, and approved biology-based courses in agriculture. The related areas in general physical sciences include astronomy, chemistry, geology, mathematics, physics, and approved courses in computer sciences and engineering. Students who complete a Plan B curriculum receive a bachelor of science degree.




CAS General Studies & Advising Center, Daggy Hall 201, PO Box 642421, Washington State University, Pullman, WA 99164-2421
509-335-8731 • Contact Us • Last updated January 15, 2015.