College of Science

Admission Requirements

The ACT scores required for full admission to the College of Science are a minimum mathematics score of 21 and a minimum composite score of 21. For the SAT, a score of 530 in math and a 1060 composite score are required. Students who are fully admitted are allowed to enroll in the major of their choice.

A student who does not meet these admission requirements but still wishes to pursue a program in the College of Science may gain admission by enrolling as a pre-science major1 and completing the following requirements:

  1.  Completion of
    ENG 101 Bison image Beginning Composition3
    ENG 200H Bison image Texting the World (CT)3
    ENG 201H Bison image English Comp Honors3
    Total Credit Hours9
    with a grade of C or higher.
  2. Completion of one of the following:
    Select one of the following:3-5
    College Algebra-Expanded
    College Algebra
    Precalculus with Sci Applica
    Plane Trigonometry
    Applied Calculus
    Calculus/Analytic Geom I (CT)
    Total Credit Hours3-5
    with a grade of C or higher. (For Criminal Justice majors, MTH 160 Applied Math Reasoning (CT) will fulfill the math requirement.)
  3. A transfer student with a GPA of less than 2.0 who has not passed college algebra with a C or better will be placed in pre-science until he or she has a C or better in one of the following:
    Select one of the following:3-5
    College Algebra-Expanded
    College Algebra
    Precalculus with Sci Applica
    Plane Trigonometry
    Applied Calculus
    Calculus/Analytic Geom I (CT)
    Total Credit Hours3-5

After meeting these requirements students will become fully admitted and will be allowed to declare a major. 

Academic Policies

For students transferring from another institution to Marshall, the College of Science will permit the application of any appropriate transfer credits accepted by the university to meet general education requirements. For coursework to be accepted as fulfilling upper division requirements, that work must have been earned at institutions accredited to offer junior/senior level courses.

Degree Requirements

In addition to satisfying the requirements for a specific major, students must meet the college requirements outlined below and the university requirements as described in this catalog.

Students entering any baccalaureate degree program in the College of Science are responsible for meeting core foundations, which are baccalaureate program initiatives approved by the faculty and the university president for all students. Students are to consult with their academic/program advisors or the chairperson of their major departments for guidance in determining the specific details of meeting the above-referenced baccalaureate curricular initiatives.

General College Requirements

  1. Candidates for graduation must complete all Marshall University’s Core Curriculum requirements as defined in this catalog.
  2. Candidates for graduation must apply for graduation through the office of the dean.
  3. Candidates for graduation must have a Grade Point Average of 2.0 or higher on all work attempted at Marshall University, and must have an average of 2.0 or higher in their major. Quality point deficiencies in the major cannot be reduced by taking lower division (100/200 level) courses within the major department, except as provided for by the D/F Repeat Rule; exceptions may be allowed by the department chair with the concurrence of the dean.
  4. A minimum of 120 semester hours of credit is required for graduation. Forty (40) hours must be earned in courses numbered 300-499. Courses taken more than once will only count one time for graduation hours. Courses transferred from two-year or community colleges cannot be used to satisfy the upper division requirement.
  5. The CR/NC option cannot be used:
    1. for any course taken to meet the specific requirements for a B.S. degree (see below);
    2. for any course taken to fulfill the requirements for a departmental major; or
    3. for any course taken to fulfill the requirements for a minor.
  6. Juniors and seniors are required to meet with an advisor in the Dean’s Office to review an evaluation to determine if they are making satisfactory progress toward graduation.

College of Science Requirements for the B.A. and B.S. Degrees

(Requirements vary for some programs. See major-specific requirements for details.)

Requirements
Natural and Physical Sciences
Courses to be distributed in at least two fields.11
Mathematics - Calculus
Requirement varies by department. Students with lower ACT or SAT scores will be placed in the mathematics sequence at an appropriate level.3-5
Total Credit Hours14-16