General Science

Gain a wide breadth of knowledge in the sciences

If your interests in science are wide-ranging, Alfred University's General Science major is designed for you. Students looking for a broad scope of education in the sciences, including biology, chemistry, geology and physics, enjoy a flexible, balanced curriculum and an ability to concentrate in the field of most interest.


Campus Locations

Main Campus - Alfred, NY


General Science (BA)


none offered

Program Contact

David Toot

Students must successfully complete the following breadth and depth courses:


  • BIOL 150 Biological Foundations

Take one of the following:

  • BIOL 207 Introduction to Anatomy and Physiology I
  • BIOL 211 Cell Biology
  • BIOL 322 Botany
  • BIOL 354 Ecology
  • CHEM 105 General Chemistry I
  • CHEM 106 General Chemistry II
  • ENVS 101 Environmental Studies I - Natural Science
  • MATH 151 Calculus I
  • MATH 152 Calculus II

Take two of the following:

  • GEOL 101 This Dynamic Earth
  • GEOL 104 Earth and Life Through Time
  • GEOL 201 Surficial Geology

Take one of the following sequences of courses:

  • PHYS 111/112 Introductory General Physics I and II
  • PHYS125/126 Physics I and II


A minimum of 10 credits at the 300 level or above from one of the disciplines represented above. (Not to include BIOL 322 or 354)

In addition to fulfilling the requirements of the major in General Science, as well as the College of Liberal Arts & Sciences general education requirements, you'll be required to complete the College's First Year Experience Program or Transfer Student Program.

General Science majors have found interesting and rewarding employment in a wide range of careers thanks to the breadth the program offers. The experience and qualifications acquired throughout their studies, research projects and internships enable graduates to work as professionals in government regulatory departments, in private industry, and with private general sciences-related consulting firms. Many of our graduates continue on to graduate school.

Example Job Titles:

  • Environmental center director
  • Environmental engineer
  • Environmental educator
  • Technical writer
  • Management consultant
  • Photographer
  • Outward Bound leader
  • Environmental technician
  • Lobbyist
  • Researcher
  • Scientist
  • Hazardous materials technician
  • Program director
  • Naturalist/Ranger
  • Lawyer
  • Environmental lab tech
  • Urban planner
  • Industrial hygienist
  • Real estate assessor
  • Health & safety manager
  • Park education director
  • Soil and water analyst

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