Buies Creek, N.C.-Campbell University will offer a new minor in General Science in response to the needs of students and the community. Beginning in fall 2009 the General Science minor will not only recognize students who have completed study in the major branches of science, physics, chemistry and biology, but enable them to meet minimum admissions requirements for a variety of professional schools.
"The General Science minor is for the student who is not a science major, but would still like to pursue studies at a professional school such as medical, dental, veterinary or physician assistant," said Dr. Michael Larsen, chairman of the department of Biological Sciences. "There is a definite demand for health professionals in our community, state and nation."
For example, an English, history, or business major with a general science minor applying to medical school will have completed many of the courses and science competencies needed to succeed in medical or other professional schools in the Allied Health area, Larsen said.
Students wanting to minor in General Science must complete 32 hours of laboratory science courses in the fields of physics, chemistry and biology. The course curriculum includes general physics and chemistry, quantitative analysis, organic chemistry, anatomy, cellular and molecular biology, botany and zoology, among others. The minor also meets the basic science course requirements of all four of North Carolina's medical schools. The only other school in the state to offer a General Science minor is Gardner-Webb University.
"Students who complete the General Science minor will be attractive candidates for jobs in many areas," Larsen said.