BIOLOGICAL AND PHYSICAL SCIENCES (BIO, CH, PSC)

James S. Caldwell, Co-Chair                 
Deborah M. DeMarey
Laura Meder, Co-Chair                         
Jason Robertson                                                             
Jimmy Turner

A student who chooses a major in Biological and Physical Sciences may elect either a Bachelor of Arts or a Bachelor of Science degree.  The student may choose from six concentrations: Biomedical Sciences, consisting of 35 semester hours in Biology and 16 semester hours in Chemistry/Physics; Environmental Studies, consisting of 39 semester hours in Biology courses and 16 semester hours in Chemistry; Biology/Chemistry, consisting of 20 semester hours in Biology, 20 semester hours in Chemistry, 8 semester hours in General College Physics, and 6 hours in Mathematics; Medical Technology; Radiologic Technology; and Biology with Teaching Licensure (6-12).  Alternatively, a student desiring to major in Biological and Physical Sciences, but who has career goals not consistent with any of the six concentrations, may consult with the chair of the department and design a course of study with those goals in mind.  The course of study must be approved by the Biological and Physical Sciences faculty.  This plan should be submitted as early as possible since some courses are not offered each year.

A degree in Biological and Physical Sciences will prepare the student for career opportunities in graduate study, professional schools, teaching, or in scientific research with government agencies, academic institutions or in various health fields.  It is our goal to provide the best possible foundation upon which the student can build in the chosen area of concentration.

Students in all concentrations must attain a minimum grade point average of 2.5 for all major courses taken at Averett University in order to graduate.  These major courses include all required for the degree, as well as all taken as electives in Biological and Physical Sciences.

Students in all concentrations must pass a comprehensive examination as a graduation requirement.  The subject matter for the exam will encompass all core required courses for the degree; students must have at least junior standing to take the exam.  Students not passing the exam will be given an opportunity to repeat it.  The exam will be administered by the faculty and will be given once each semester.  Passing grades are set by the faculty. Given the timing of the exam, all core courses should be completed before the senior year.

Any student who does not pass the comprehensive examination or who fails to meet the minimum grade point average of 2.5 may remain in the program until these criteria are met, providing the minimum requirements of the University are maintained.