The Kennedy College of Sciences offers undergraduate programs leading to the degree of Bachelor of Science with majors in Biology, Chemistry, Computer Science, Environmental Science, Mathematics, and Physics. All departments in the college also offer graduate degrees (for further information see the graduate catalog).

The Bachelor of Science degree is designed to provide a specialized education in one or more of the basic sciences. Specialized Bachelor of Science curricula, which are offered in areas of science and mathematics, provide opportunities for major and minor program options but afford greater opportunities for major specialization than are permitted in comparable Bachelor of Arts curricula.

All Bachelor of Science programs require, as a minimum, 74 credits and 20 courses from the offerings of the science and mathematics departments. At least two courses are required in mathematics beyond pre-calculus mathematics and must include one calculus course and one additional mathematics elective. Individual programs may have additional mathematics requirements.

Four science lecture courses with co-requisite laboratories are required. These are selected from approved courses from departments within the College and must include two science lecture/laboratory courses from outside the student’s major.

For university policies concerning majors presented for the Bachelor of Science degree, see policies under the heading Academic Policies: Major Field Requirements.

In addition to satisfying general university requirements for bachelor's degrees as are defined elsewhere in this publication under the heading Academic Policies: Baccalaureate Degrees, students who matriculate for degrees in the Kennedy College of Sciences also must complete a specific minimum number of courses and credits in the Kennedy College of Sciences. These college requirements are described below. Except as specified by the college and program restrictions, students are permitted to elect any course for which they can satisfy prerequisite requirements in fulfilling an unrestricted elective requirement. However, in order to designate courses from other colleges of the university as science or mathematics courses, students must petition the chairperson of the department in which they are enrolled as majors.

Minor areas of study are offered by all science departments. College majors may also wish to consider minors offered by the social sciences, humanities, and fine arts departments, and specialized course sequences of the Francis College of Engineering.

College Requirements for Science Students

In order to qualify for a bachelor's degree offered by the science and mathematics departments of the Kennedy College of Sciences, undergraduates must comply with the university Core Curriculum requirements, must conform to the rules of the Kennedy College of Sciences that govern degree and major studies for such degrees, and must earn 2.000 averages in their major fields by the end of their senior year. Please note that individual departments may stipulate more stringent requirements for GPA minimums.

Below is a list of undergraduate majors and minors offered in the Kennedy College of Sciences.


  • Biology: B.S.
    • General Option
    • Bioinformatics Option
    • Biotechnology Option
    • Ecology Option
  • Chemistry: B.S.
    • General Option
    • Forensic Science Option
  • Computer Science: B.S.
    • General Option
    • Data Science Option
  • Environmental Science: B.S.
    • Atmospheric Science Option
    • Environmental Science Option
    • Geoscience Option
  • Mathematics: B.A.
  • Mathematics: B.S.
    • General Option
    • Applied, Computational Mathematics Option
    • Bioinformatics Option
    • Business Applications Option
    • Computer Science Option
    • Probability and Statistics Option
    • Teaching Option
  • Physics: B.S.
    • General Option
    • Photonics Option
    • Radiological Health Physics Option