B.A. Natural Sciences

Program Description

Are you looking for an exciting profession where the end of every day will bring you the satisfaction of knowing that you really made a difference? Are you fascinated by the natural world and curious about how things work? Do you love working with children, adolescents, or adults? If so, the B. A. in Natural Sciences may be perfect for you!

This major was designed to provide training for students with broad science interests that cut across departments. Our programs are collaborative efforts that combine the strengths of faculty from several departments to offer you a strong background in the natural sciences, a concentration in one specific content area, and the professional knowledge and skills you need to be successful in your chosen profession. The 45-unit requirement is lower than most degrees in the College of Natural Sciences, allowing the students the time and freedom to take other courses as required or recommended depending on their future career plans.

The program provides an excellent preparation for teaching science at the intermediate school level, teaching introductory high school science or working as an elementary science specialist. If you are interested in becoming an educator at a zoo, botanic garden, arboreta, aquarium, science museum, observatory, nature center, preserve, state park or national forest, then our B. A. in Natural Sciences may be just what you are looking for. The program also provides training for students who intend to work in interdisciplinary arenas such as environmental law, science policy, science writing, scientific illustrating, environmental advocacy, business consulting, and sustainability.

The BA in Natural Sciences is perfect for students who want to teach science in middle school or introductory science in high school.  Once approved by the California Commission on Teacher Credentialing, this degree will make you eligible to enter a credential program to earn a Foundational Level General Science Credential (FLGS).  With the FLGS credential you will be qualified to teach science in middle school or in any K-12 non-departmentalized integrated science program.  In addition, you'll be eligible for all the special financial incentives for future science teachers.  For current information, contact the Department of Science Education.

If you are a Liberal Studies major and plan to complete the Science Area of Concentration, you will only need a few more courses to get a second degree in Natural Sciences.  Once approved by the California Commission on Teacher Credentialing, this degree will make you eligible for a Foundational Level General Science Credential (FLGS) in addition to your Multiple Subject Credential.  Having the FLGS credential will make your resume stand out when it comes time to look for teaching positions.

If you would like to become a high school teacher in a specific science discipline (biology, chemistry, geology, or physics) you must complete a designated major in that discipline. You can find these degree programs and their advisors on our web site.

For course requirements see the university catalog.

Status Update

The Bachelor of Arts in Natural Sciences is now approved by the California State University Chancellor's Office (CO).  We are currently working through the approval processes with the California Commission on Teacher Credentialing (CCTC).  We are hopeful that the process will be completed by the end of the 2011-2012 academic year.  Below are some updates on the progress:

May 2011 The BA is now in the 2011-2012 catalog. We are working with the Degree Audit Project to allow students to enter the program.

March 2011 The CO has approved the BA and we are now working on getting it in the 2011-2012 catalog.

January 2011 The CCTC approved the preconditions for the Foundational Level General Science Credential (FLGS) so now the BA in Natural Sciences can be approved by the commission.

September 2010 The review by the CCTC was returned to our department.  The approval cannot take place until the commission approves the preconditions for FLGS.