5.- Major Fields
The College of Science offers BS degrees in the following disciplines: Applied Mathematics, Biology, Chemistry, Earth Science, Geology, Geophysics, Mathematics, Microbiology, Physics, and Psychology. The specific requirements for these disciplines and various options may be found in the academic department sections of this catalog. In addition, BS degrees are offered in the following interdisciplinary areas: Life/Earth Sciences, Natural Sciences, and Physical Sciences.
Students planning to obtain a degree in the College of Science must major in one of the above fields. Students planning to enter medical or dental schools normally obtain a BS or BA degree in science and for this reason they should declare a major field (pre-medical and pre-dental are not major fields).
Students will be classified as pre-science students until they have earned a grade of "C" or better in MATH 4109 (Precalculus I) or have demonstrated an equivalent mathematical background. Upon satisfying this requirement, students must declare a major in one of the above areas in order to continue to enroll in the college.
Pre-Science Students: Pre-Science students must make progress toward declaring their major. This progress is measured by the completion of a minimum of three semester hours of mathematics per semester and a minimum College of Science GPA of 2.0. Pre-Science students who do not complete three semester hours of mathematics per semester or whose college GPA falls below 2.0 after completing a minimum of nine semester hours of College of Science course work may be placed on College probation. Thereafter, without evidence of progress, the student may be suspended from the College (see the College/Major Academic Standing section of this catalog).
Double majors: Students may enroll as double majors in all BS degree plans except Earth Science, Life/Earth Science, Natural Science, and Physical Science. Double majors in a single department are not allowed. Geophysics majors are limited in the selection of a second major to Applied Mathematics. All other BS degree plans are limited in the selection of a second major to one of the approved minors for the major degree plan. Double majors must satisfactorily complete all course work required of majors in each department.
Second baccalaureate degrees: Students whose first baccalaureate degree was awarded by the College of Science may not obtain a second baccalaureate degree in the same academic department. Students seeking a second BS degree in a different department within the College of Science must complete at least 24 semester hours, specified by the department, following the award of the first BS degree. Students may petition the Dean of Science to reserve up to nine semester hours taken during the last semester of the initial degree work for credit toward the second BS degree.
Students whose first baccalaureate degrees were earned in another College of The University of Texas at El Paso, or at another accredited institution, may enroll as candidates for a second BS degree in the College of Science. This degree will be awarded upon satisfactory completion of all degree requirements of the College of Science and of the academic department of the second major.
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