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Natural Sciences (BS)

The course offerings in the Natural Sciences curriculum are designed to introduce students to a wide variety of science courses, including biology, chemistry, geology, and physics.

Mission Statement

The mission of the Natural Sciences Department at Dallas Baptist University is to provide Christ-centered, high-quality education in the natural sciences to Natural Sciences majors to equip graduates for their chosen professions, as well as students enrolled in science classes as a fulfillment of general studies requirements.

Vision for the Natural Sciences Graduate

Graduates of the BS in Natural Sciences will possess a broad-based knowledge of the natural sciences, understand science within the context of the Christian worldview, and be equipped to utilize their scientific knowledge and highly-developed problem-solving skills in their chosen profession.

DEGREE REQUIREMENTS

courses

credit

hours (bS)

Developing A Christian Mind
DCM 2301 - Developing a Christian Mind

3

English

9

ENGL 1301 - Composition and Rhetoric I

ENGL 1302 - Composition and Rhetoric II

ENGL 2301 - World Literature I

or

ENGL 2302 - World Literature II

Fine Arts
FINE 1306 - Introduction to Fine Arts

3

Foundations for Excellence

1

FOUN 1101 - Foundations for Excellence

is required of all first-year and transfer students with fewer than 15 credit hours.

(AP, CLEP, IB, or dual/concurrent credit earned while in high school does not count toward these 15 credit hours.)

History

6

Choose two:

HIST 1301 - U.S. History to 1865

HIST 1302 - U.S. History Since 1865

HIST 2301 - World Civilization I

HIST 2302 - World Civilization II

Kinesiology

2

KNES 1101 - Fitness for Living

and one additional activity course (KNES 1102-1122); for veterans or those 25 years of age or older prior to enrollment at DBU, KNES courses are waived.

Mathematics

3-8

BIOL or CHEM Concentration, choose one: (3-4 hours)

MATH 1303 - College Algebra

MATH 1307 - Finite Math for Business Analysis

MATH 1405 - Calculus and Analytic Geometry I

ENGR or PHYS Concentrations must take both: (8 hours)

MATH 1405 - Calculus and Analytic Geometry I

MATH 1406 - Calculus and Analytic Geometry II

Religion

9

RELI 1301 - Old Testament Survey

RELI 1302 - New Testament Survey

and

three additional credit hours depending on credit hours transferred at time of initial enrollment

Social Science (1000 or 2000 level courses only)

6

POLS 2301 - American National Government

and an additional three credit hours may be selected from Economics, Philosophy, Political Science, Psychology, or Sociology. 

TOTAL GENERAL STUDIES HOURS (if Biology or Chemistry Concentration is selected)

42

TOTAL GENERAL STUDIES HOURS (if Engineering or Physics Concentration is selected)

47

Natural Science Major

Core Classes

30

Choose seven courses from the following (minimum 25 hours)

For the seven courses, BIOL or CHEM concentrations must take BIOL 1405, BIOL 1406, CHEM 1401, CHEM 1402, and three other courses.

For the seven courses, ENGR or PHYS concentrations must take ENGR 1311, ENGR 1312, PHYS 1401 or PHYS 2405, PHYS 1402 or PHYS 2406, and three other courses.

BIOL 1401 - Principles of Biology*

BIOL 1405 - Modern Concepts in Biology I*

BIOL 1406 - Modern Concepts in Biology II

CHEM 1401 - General Chemistry I

CHEM 1402 - General Chemistry II

ENGR 1311 - Introduction to Engineering Practice I

ENGR 1312 - Introduction to Engineering Practice II

GEOL 1301 - Physical Geology

GEOL 1401 - Meteorology and Space Science

PHSC 1401 - Physical Science I*

PHSC 1402 - Physical Science II*

PHYS 1401 - General Physics I*

PHYS 1402 - General Physics II*

PHYS 2405 - University Physics I
PHYS 2406 - University Physics II*

*Only one of BIOL 1401 or BIOL 1405 can count towards the Natural Sciences core.

*Only one of PHSC 1401 or PHYS 1401, or PHYS 2405 can count towards the Natural Sciences core.

*Only one of PHSC 1402 or PHYS 1402, or PHYS 2406 can count towards the Natural Sciences core.

Upper-Level Courses

NASC 3101 - Introduction to Scientific Literature (all concentrations)

and

BIOL Concentration

BIOL 3402 - Ecology (S-L)

CHEM Concentration (choose one)

BIOL 3402 - Ecology (S-L)
ENGR 3414 - Project Management Design and Entrepreneurship (S-L)

ENGR or PHYS Concentration

ENGR 3414 - Project Management Design and Entrepreneurship (S-L)

CONCENTRATIONS
Each student must choose one concentration area and complete the courses in that concentration.

Biology Concentration

12

BIOL 3404 - Genetics (S-L)

BIOL 3407 - General Botany

BIOL 3408 - General Zoology

Chemistry Concentration

12

CHEM 3401 - Biochemistry

CHEM 3402 - Organic Chemistry I

CHEM 3403 - Organic Chemistry II

Engineering Concentration

12

ENGR 2321 - Statics

ENGR 2316 - Introduction to Electric Circuits

and 6 additional hours of any lower-level or upper-level ENGR

Physics Concentration

13

PHYS 3301 - Classical Mechanics*

PHYS 3303 - Modern Physics

PHYS 3402 - Electrodynamics*

and choose one of the following:

PHYS 3304 - Thermodynamics and Statistical Mechanics*

PHYS 4351 - Quantum Information Processing

Electives

Biology Concentration

Upper-Level
Lower or Upper-Level

19
17

Chemistry Concentration

Upper-Level

Lower or Upper-Level

19

17

Engineering Concentration

Upper-Level*

*Some electives may need to be from BIOL, CHEM, ENGR, MATH, or PHYS to fulfill the 12 UL hours requirement in the NASC major.

Lower or Upper-Level

31

0

Physics Concentration

Upper-Level

Lower or Upper-Level

18
12

TOTAL CREDIT HOURS REQUIRED

120

A 120-credit-hour minimum for a bachelor's degree is required, including 36 upper-level credit hours.

No minor in Natural Sciences is permitted.

At least 12 credit hours in the major program must be completed at Dallas Baptist University, including nine upper-level course hours.

Minimum GPA Required for Graduation from Dallas Baptist University: DBU requires a minimum institutional cumulative, major, and minor GPA of 2.0.

(S-L) = Course(s) with field-based service-learning component.

Refer to individual course descriptions for course requisites.

COURSE DESCRIPTIONS

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