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Astronomy and Astrophysics emphasizes problem solving in astrophysics as applied to many fundamental problems of the nature and evolution of our Universe. Courses cover topics ranging from the most distant and powerful objects in the universe, quasars and gamma ray bursts, to the origins of chemical elements in stars, to planets, both in our solar system and in orbit around other stars.
Biology majors study the many facets of life - its evolution, its organization from molecules through ecosystems, its diversity in form and function, and its complexity of interactions. The first two years of the curriculum provide a broad introduction to the major themes in Biology, while the final two years afford the option to continue exploring the breadth of Biology or to focus more deeply into a specific field within the discipline, such as vertebrate physiology, genetics and development, ecology, plant sciences or neuroscience.
Chemistry is a flexible program that can meet widely varied interests while remaining firmly based on the underlying science.
The study of mathematics emphasizes careful problem analysis, precision of thought and expression, and the development of mathematical skills needed for work in many other areas. Theoretical mathematicians increase basic knowledge in "pure" fields like abstract algebra, analysis, or topology. Applied mathematicians use tools growing out of calculus, analysis, computing, statistics, and operations research to solve problems in science, industry, government, and other areas.
Physicists study the world around us to discover the basic principles or laws which govern the natural world. Students learn the fundamental conceptual, mathematical, computational, and experimental tools needed to study physical phenomena on length scales ranging from the very large (gravitation and cosmology), to the very small (cold atoms, nuclei, elementary particles), and everything between.
The Science major provides a broad, interdisciplinary education in the natural sciences with a curriculum designed specifically for students whose educational goals not easily met in one of the other Eberly College of Science majors or for those who need flexibility to attain their educational objectives.
The statistics program provides training in mathematics, computation, database management and statistical analysis. The program provides statistical training to ensure knowledge from a theory-based perspective along with applied skills for real world applications.
The BMB major offers a challenging curriculum focused on the chemical and molecular processes that occur in living things. It seeks to answer questions concerning how any given cell type is able to carry out its normal functions.
Biotechnology may be broadly defined as the application of principles of molecular and cell science to the production of biologically important or industrially useful products.
Forensic Science is the application of scientific principles and methods to assist criminal and civil investigations and litigations. In the United States there are more than 4,000 crime scene laboratories administered by the federal, state or local governments or private industry.
Microbiology is the study of bacteria, viruses, protozoa, algae, fungi and parasitic worms with an emphasis on the beneficial and harmful roles they play in animal and plant biology as well as in the environment.
The Premedicine major provides a broad foundation in the natural sciences plus complementary subjects necessary for in-depth study and training in modern medicine.
The Science BS/MBA program is a collaborative effort between the Eberly College of Science and the Smeal College of Business for students to complete the dual degree requirements in five years. MBA graduates with technical and scientific expertise and training are among the most sought after graduates in today's technical marketplace.