General Science, Bachelor of Science

Requirements

The B.S. degree with a major in general science consists of 49-50 credits of natural science courses as outlined below.

The B.S. degree requires completion of 15 credits of cognate coursework selected in collaboration with the advisor from complementary disciplines.

Arts and Sciences students must complete 27 credits of upper division coursework within their degree.

Biology Required Courses
BIOL 1450BIOLOGY I5
BIOL 1750BIOLOGY II5
Chemistry Required Courses
CHEM 1180
CHEM 1184
GENERAL CHEMISTRY I
and GENERAL CHEMISTRY I LABORATORY
4
CHEM 1190
CHEM 1194
GENERAL CHEMISTRY II
and GENERAL CHEMISTRY II LABORATORY
4
Geology Required Course
GEOL 1170INTRODUCTION TO PHYSICAL GEOLOGY4
Physics Required Courses10
Physics may be taken on an algebraic or calculus level. Select one of the following options:
Option 1:
GENERAL PHYSICS I WITH ALGEBRA
and GENERAL PHYSICS LABORATORY I
GENERAL PHYSICS
and GENERAL PHYSICS LABORATORY II
Option 2:
GENERAL PHYSICS I - CALCULUS LEVEL
and GENERAL PHYSICS LABORATORY I
GENERAL PHYSICS-CALCULUS LEVEL
and GENERAL PHYSICS LABORATORY II
Mathematics/Statistics Required Courses5-6
Select one of the following options:
Option 1:
CALCULUS I
CALCULUS FOR BIOMEDICINE
Option 2:
CALCULUS FOR THE MANAGERIAL, LIFE, AND SOCIAL SCIENCES (and an approved statistics course)
Electives
Select 12 credits of electives at the 2000 level or higher in at least two of the following disciplines: biology, chemistry, physics, geology.12
Total Credits49-50

Medical Laboratory Science Concentration

The B.S. in general science is offered with a concentration in medical laboratory science for students planning to apply to UNMC’s Medical Laboratory Science Program (MLS). This program was designed in collaboration with UNMC to allow a student to complete two bachelor’s degrees in as little as 122 credits. Students will apply to UNO’s General Science program and add on the medical laboratory science concentration. Following the guide below allows the student to complete UNO’s general education requirements and UNMC’s MLS pre-requisite coursework in no more than three years. Near the beginning of the student’s third year of UNO studies, they will need to apply to UNMC’s MLS program. Provided that the student has followed the curriculum as laid out below, and maintained a cumulative or math/science GPA of 3.0, he/she will be guaranteed an interview with UNMC’s MLS program. Upon acceptance into UNMC’s MLS program, students will complete 11 months of studies in specific MLS courses. After completion of the MLS program at UNMC, students may transfer their UNMC coursework back to UNO to earn a dual degree of BS MLS from UNMC/ BS GSCI-MLS concentration from UNO. Students must have a minimum of 30 credits in residence at UNO and of those, 15 credits must come from the natural and physical sciences..

BIOLOGY (21 credits)
BIOL 1450BIOLOGY I5
BIOL 1750BIOLOGY II5
BIOL 2140GENETICS4
BIOL 2440THE BIOLOGY OF MICROORGANISMS4
BIOL 3240INTRODUCTION TO IMMUNOLOGY3
CHEMISTRY (14 credits)
CHEM 1140
CHEM 1144
FUNDAMENTALS OF COLLEGE CHEMISTRY
and FUNDAMENTALS OF COLLEGE CHEMISTRY LABORATORY CHEM 1180-1184 and CHEM 1190-1194 may be substituted for CHEM 1140-1144.
5
CHEM 2210
CHEM 2214
FUNDAMENTALS OF ORGANIC CHEMISTRY
and FUNDAMENTALS OF ORGANIC CHEMISTRY LABORATORY CHEM 2250 and CHEM 2260-2274 may be substituted for CHEM 2210-2214.
5
CHEM 3650
CHEM 3654
FUNDAMENTALS OF BIOCHEMISTRY
and FUNDAMENTALS OF BIOCHEMISTRY LABORATORY
4
MATHEMATICS (3 credits)
MATH 1220COLLEGE ALGEBRA (--Not required if student has MATH ACT sub score of 23 or higher)3
STATISTICS (3 credits)
Select one of the following:
PSYC 3130STATISTICS FOR THE BEHAVIORAL SCIENCES3
STAT 3000STATISTICAL METHODS I3
PA 3000APPLIED STATISTICS AND DATA PROCESSING IN PUBLIC SECTOR3
ENGLISH COMPOSITION (3 credits)
ENGL 1160ENGLISH COMPOSITION II (--UNMC will accept ENGL 1150 or 1160 but UNO requires at least ENGL 1160 or placement beyond via Advanced Placement or EPPE.)3
PUBLIC SPEAKING (3 credits)
CMST 1110PUBLIC SPEAKING FUNDS3
or CMST 2120 ARGUMENTATION AND DEBATE
HUMANITIES & FINE ARTS (9 credits)
3 Humanities & Fine Arts courses of choice from UNO's University Gen Ed list --One should be a U.S. Diversity or Global Diversity9
SOCIAL SCIENCES (6 credits)
2 Social Sciences of choice from UNO's University Gen Ed list --At least one should be a U.S. Diversity or Global Diversity (whichever one wasn't taken as a humanities)6
COGNATE COURSES (15 credits minimum)
Selected in collaboration with UNO advisor, suggested courses are:
BIOL 1060INTRODUCTION TO MEDICAL CAREERS & ETHICS2
BIOL 2740HUMAN PHYSIOLOGY AND ANATOMY I4
BIOL 2840HUMAN PHYSIOLOGY AND ANATOMY II4
MATH 1320PRE-CALCULUS ALGEBRA3
Social Science of choice (3)3

Upon acceptance to the Bachelor of Science in Medical Laboratory Science program at UNMC, students will take at least 43 credits of professional MLS coursework to transfer back toward the completion of this additional UNO degree–a B.S. in general science–medical laboratory science concentration.

If the student is not accepted to UNMC, the following will need to be added to complete the GSCI major: PHYS 1110-1154, GEOL 1170, an additional 3 credits of social sciences if not taken within the cognate, an Advanced Writing course, a minor or additional College of Arts & Sciences Gen Eds, and electives to reach 120 credits total. Students must have a minimum of 27 credits at the 3000/4000 level throughout the entire degree.