Natural Science
Study Tour


Students in the tropical marine biology class often go to Caribbean waters during Spring Break to conduct research for their SMPs. This faculty-led, 10-day program takes place in Belize, which features Mayan ruins, a rainforest, and the second largest coral reef in the world.

Degree Requirements for the Major

Students must choose a primary and secondary area of study (see: Declaring the Major) and earn a grade of C- or higher in courses required for the major.

Required Core Courses (8 credit-hours):

  • MATH 151: Calculus I
  • MATH 152: Calculus II

Two of the following three sequences:

  • BIOL 105, 106: Principles of Biology I and II
  • CHEM 105, 106: General Chemistry I and II
  • PHYS 131, 132: General Physics I and II

Concentration Requirements

Primary Area: 20 credit-hours in one of the five disciplines of biology, chemistry, computer science, mathematics, physics.

Secondary Area: eight credit-hours in another one of the disciplines above. Note: All concentration courses except COSC 120 and COSC 130 must be at the 200-level or higher.

St. Mary's Project

Every natural science major must complete a St. Mary's Project. This project may be in the discipline of primary concentration or in another major discipline or a study area. The guidelines established in the selected area apply. The project must be proposed to a mentor and to the chairperson of the natural science committee least three weeks before the last day of classes of the second semester of the student's junior year, and it must be approved by the mentor and the natural science committee chairperson.