Science, General Science Concentration, B.S.

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Science, General Science Concentration, B.S.

The General Science Concentration in the Bachelor of Science program is offered through the College of Basic and Applied Sciences at MTSU.

General Science is one of the oldest academic fields and remains very significant today. It incorporates a wide range of topics as science is present all around us every day. General Science is often embraced by medical professionals, researchers, and scientists as it considers a broad range of topics and considerations including physics, biology, and chemistry. Each of these areas are important for a general understanding of our surroundings. It is a pursuit of truth and understanding of fundamental laws. The Science major at MTSU offers a broad background in multiple sciences (biology, chemistry, physics) to support the preparation of science teachers, allied health technologists, or allied health scientists (see other 3 Science BS concentrations). The General Science major is complementary to focused science majors (e.g. Animal Science) or can provide background coursework to post-baccalaureate students preparing for careers in health professions. Majors in biochemistry, chemistry, or biology are recommended for high-level health professions such as medicine or dentistry.

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To study chemistry is to prepare for any number of careers, many of which do not necessarily involve lab coats and flasks. Examples include

  • Agricultural scientist
  • College professor
  • Crime lab analyst
  • Environmental health specialist
  • Food scientist technician
  • Forensic chemist
  • Hydrologist
  • Industrial hygienist
  • Pharmaceutical sales representative
  • Product tester
  • Quality assurance manager
  • Science lab technician
  • Toxicologist
  • Water purification chemist

Employers of MTSU alumni include

  • Aegis Sciences
  • Baxter BioScience
  • Belcher Pharmaceuticals
  • Case Western Reserve University School of Medicine
  • Federal Bureau of Investigation
  • Liquidia Technologies
  • Merck Pharmaceutical
  • Pfizer
  • Specialized Assays
  • St. Jude Children's Hospital
  • TBI Crime Laboratory
  • University Hospitals
  • Vanderbilt University

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Undergraduate students may pursue a Bachelor of Science (B.S.) degree with a major in Chemistry or with a concentration inACS Certified Chemistry. Other departmental majors leading to a B.S. include Biochemistry and Science under which numerous pre-professional programs are coordinated. Undergraduate and graduate minors in Chemistry are available. The department is one of the participants in Forensic Science, an interdisciplinary major leading to a B.S.

Graduate study includes a Master of Science (M.S.) degree in Chemistry.

Professional Licensure Disclosure

The Middle Tennessee State University (MTSU) College of Education’s teacher licensure preparation programs are accredited by the National Council for the Accreditation of Teacher Education (NCATE) and are eligible for accreditation by the Council for the Accreditation of Educator Preparation (CAEP). The Bachelor of Science (B.S.) in General Science with teacher licensure program at MTSU is designed to meet the licensure requirements set by the Tennessee Department of Education. Students should be aware that licensure requirements vary from state to state and are subject to change. MTSU has not made a determination whether a specific program will meet all of the requirements of another US state or territory. MTSU recommends that students who plan to seek licensure outside the state of Tennessee contact the appropriate licensing agency and discuss their plans with their advisor. To obtain current information about each state’s and territory’s licensure requirements and any additional regulations, students should consult the US Department of Education’s website for state contacts at https://www2.ed.gov/about/contacts/state/index.html.

Graduates of MTSU teacher education programs certified to teach in Tennessee are eligible for certification reciprocity in many states. Reciprocity is not an automatic or complete transfer of certification, thus individuals should consult the Tennessee Department of Education (TDOE) site at https://www.tn.gov/education/licensing.html and the National Association of State Directors of Teacher Education and Certification (NASDTEC) site at https://www.nasdtec.net/page/Interstate as well as the US Department of Education state contacts site for information about any additional state requirements.

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