Home Campus Directory | A-Z Index

B.S. Degree in Science

The Bachelor of Science Degree in Science (SCICC) provides a multi-disciplinary science education that can lead to specialization in either Life Science or General Science, and also to the development of expertise in a wide variety of specialized fields.  After completing foundation courses in calculus, chemistry, physics, and the life sciences, students will select additional courses that will give them a focus in areas such as General Life Sciences, Environmental Life Sciences, Cell and Molecular Biology, Chemistry, Applied Math, Applied Physics or General Science.  Students can also choose from a variety of non-science supporting courses that will give them additional background in such areas as Information Sciences and Technology (IST), Business, Communications or Liberal Arts.  The SCICC program prepares students for a variety of careers in the sciences, as well as for entry into graduate school and health professional school.  It also provides the necessary broad scientific eduation which, when combined with specific electives, produces graduates who are prime candidates for jobs in non-traditional science-related areas, such as business, lab management, patent and intellectual property law, IST, and liberal arts-related work. 

Science Major Options offered at Penn State Worthington Scranton:

General Option
This is a terrific option for students interested in science-related careers but not intending to go into a scientific field itself.  Half of the upper-level courses must be in science, but the other half can be in other areas.  For example, one could take IST courses to prepare for a career in science-related programming or software development, or business or marketing courses to prepare for marketing scientific products or pharmaceutical sales.

Life Science Option
Students interested in graduate school or professional school should choose this option.  Upper-level courses in biology prepare students for application to dental school, medical school, or other allied-health training.  It can also be a starting point for environmental jobs or entry-level laboratory jobs in a variety of fields including agriculture and bioscience.