Natural Sciences (BA/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.
The mission of the Natural Sciences Department at Dallas Baptist University is to produce knowledgeable individuals who understand and appreciate the field of science as it manifests the power of God through His natural laws, and who are equipped to share that knowledge. The academic information is presented in a Christian context to enhance the ability of the students to serve as servant leaders in their field.
Goals of the Natural Sciences Major
The students majoring in Natural Sciences should be able to:
Process an understanding of the key science concepts in the four primary fields of science.
Understand the interrelationships between the fields of science and the impact that these interrelationships have on society and the individual.
Communicate their understanding both verbally and in written form in such a way that others gain an understanding as well.
Appreciate the field of science as a manifestation of the power of God and His natural laws.
credit hours (ba)
credit hours (bS)
Developing A Christian Mind
ENGL 1301 - Composition and Rhetoric I
ENGL 1302 - Composition and Rhetoric II
ENGL 2301 - World Literature I
ENGL 2302 - World Literature II
Foundations for Excellence
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.)
HIST 1301 - U.S. History to 1865
HIST 1302 - U.S. History Since 1865
HIST 2301 - World Civilization I
HIST 2302 - World Civilization II
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.
[Math Advising Tool (eMAT) required prior to registering for any Math class or any class for which the eMAT is a prerequisite.]
MATH 1303 - College Algebra
MATH 1307 - Finite Math for Business Analysis
MATH 1405 - Calculus and Analytic Geometry I
If Physics Concentration is selected, then MATH 1405 and 1406 are required
RELI 1301 - Old Testament Survey
RELI 1302 - New Testament Survey
three additional credit hours depending on credit hours transferred at time of initial enrollment
Social Science (1000 or 2000 level courses only)
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
TOTAL GENERAL STUDIES HOURS (if Physics Concentration is selected)
Natural Science Major
The following courses constitute the core, or foundation classes, and are required by all Natural Sciences Program students.
BIOL 3404 - Genetics (S-L)
BIOL 3407 - General Botany
BIOL 3408 - General Zoology
CHEM 3401 - Biochemistry
CHEM 3402 - Organic Chemistry I
CHEM 3403 - Organic Chemistry II
PHYS 3301 - Classical Mechanics*
PHYS 3303 - Modern Physics
PHYS 3304 - Thermodynamics and Statistical Mechanics*
PHYS 3402 - Electrodynamics*
*MATH 2407 is strongly recommended for these courses.
Biology or Chemistry Concentrations
TOTAL CREDIT HOURS REQUIRED
Biology or Chemistry Concentration
A 120-credit-hour minimum for a bachelor's degree is required, including 42 upper-level credit hours.
No minor in Natural Sciences is permitted.
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.
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