Science Curriculum – B.A. Program

Marylhurst University bachelor's degree completion programs in Portland, Oregon

Science Curriculum: The B.A. in Science Program at Marylhurst

The study of science provides you with increased awareness of and respect for all life on earth as well as the earth itself. In the Marylhurst B.A. in Science program, you will develop an appreciation of what science means to both global and local communities, and learn how to apply science in working to sustain a diverse and healthy life on earth.

  The B.A. in Science program is now accepting inquiries and applicants for 2017. 

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Two Science Concentrations to Choose From

The Marylhurst B.A. in Science allows you to focus your studies in two main areas: general science or environmental science.

General Science

General science gives you a broad perspective on science subjects through a combination of core courses focused on research methods, geosystems and earth science as well as electives. Sample course titles include:

  • Human Anatomy
  • Intro to Weather and Climate of the Pacific Northwest
  • Intro to Environmental Chemistry
  • Intro to Astronomy

  View a  SAMPLE DEGREE PATHWAY for the general science concentration that shows you classes in the program and how (over a few terms) you can complete this degree.

Environmental Science

Environmental science is specifically focused on knowledge and skills that impact the global and local environment, such as sustainability, renewable resources and environmental advocacy. Sample course titles include:

  • Environmental Ethics
  • Environmental Science
  • Environmental Chemistry

  View a  SAMPLE DEGREE PATHWAY for the environmental science concentration that shows you classes in the program and how (over a few terms) you can complete this degree.

Faculty at Marylhurst University“My passion in science is physics and astronomy. We go from the unimaginably small in physics to the awesome majesty of the universe! Astronomy is always coming up with new information and concepts. Physics is, well, physical! And as children, we were all physicists exploring the world around us. For me as an adult, physics as a subject is an extension of the play I engaged in as a child. Students who have taken our science classes have found that science is something they are good at – and some have changed their major to science based on that experience. Those in our courses will meet faculty dedicated to learning. And whether you major in science or not, you will be much more knowledgeable about the way science and technology affect your life.”

~ Jan Dabrowski, Ph.D. – Science Faculty at Marylhurst

Science Curriculum and B.A. Requirements

To earn your bachelor’s in Science from Marylhurst, you will complete 180-quarter credits (through a combination of courses and by transferring in credits). The degree requirements feature three main areas:

Major requirements (80 credits)

  • Core – you will take courses that provide a foundation to scientific inquiry, perspectives, methods and statistics.
  • Concentration courses and elective – select to focus your studies in either general science or environmental science.
  • Major electives – select coursework in a variety of science disciplines, like biology, chemistry, physics, astronomy, meteorology and oceanography to fine-tune your science degree.
  • Senior project or internship
    Whether you choose to complete a project or an internship, we provide support for both, including help with internship placement.

Marylhurst Core (40 credits)

Fundamental coursework focused on the applied liberal arts such as communication skills, critical thinking, writing, problem-solving and leadership.

General electives (60 credits)

Choose courses outside of science from Marylhurst’s diverse undergraduate programs to better define your career focus. Most Marylhurst incoming students transfer in credit from their previous college work or through our Prior Learning Assessment program.

No Foreign Language Required in this Science Curriculum

Marylhurst’s Bachelor of Arts (B.A.) programs don’t require the typical two years of foreign language. Instead, students focus on major courses within the science curriculum and complete a general Marylhurst core that features content aimed at increasing knowledge and skills in the liberal arts – such as critical thinking, problem-solving, writing and multicultural competency.

Science Program Outcomes

Faculty at Marylhurst UniversityAs a Science graduate from Marylhurst, you will:

  • Discuss critically the philosophy of science and principles of the scientific method.
  • Define the nature and distinction between the various disciplines of science and present a realistic impression of the role, importance and limitations of science within the world society.
  • Express clearly the concepts and methodology of science.
  • Demonstrate familiarity with contemporary research in your focus field of study.
  • Systematically investigate problems in your focus field of study.
  • Communicate effectively and work with people both within and outside the field of science in the investigation of problems of science.
  • Explain the relationship between one’s own value system and the studies in the science major.

Transfer in Your Previous College Credit

Most of Marylhurst’s incoming students transfer in college credit from either community colleges or another four-year institution. The average credits transferred is about 45-to-50 credits and many students enter the university with the majority of their MU Core or General Electives requirements completed.

Degree Completion

Student at Marylhurst UniversityThe average time to complete the B.A. in Science program is three years. Marylhurst is a degree completion institution meaning most of our students enter our university with some previous college credit, reducing the investment of time and financial resources necessary to earn their degree.

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