Bachelor of Science

The Bachelor of Science Degree (B.S.) is a minimum 124-semester hour degree designed for students who wish to pursue a career in mathematics or one of the sciences. A minimum of 42 semester hours must be in upper-level credit (courses numbered 3000 and above). Major and minor fields of study included in the degree also have upper-level requirements. As these may vary depending on the discipline selected, specific requirements are included in the discipline sections of the catalog. Because of the nature of the degree, it includes additional study in mathematics and science. These additional requirements are included in the general education core. Components of the B.S. degree include:

 

General Education Core Course Requirements
Hours
COMS 2302
3
ENGL 1301, 1302, and a literature course
9
Behavioral/Social Science - EDUC 2307
3
Fine Art cours (Art 1301, 2301 or studio course; MUSI 1301, 1301, 3304, 3305, 3306, or performing ensembles; or THEA 1303)
3
MATH 1304 or higher
3
Laboratory Science (life science or physical science course)
4
HIST 2301 and 2302
6
RLGN 1301 and 1302
6
POLS 2301
3
EXSS courses
2
UNIV 1100 or 1101
1
GRAD 0001
0
TOTAL
43


NOTATIONS:
1. ENGL 1301 and 1302 should be taken within first year of enrollment.
2. HIST 2301 and 2302 are required for teacher certification.
3. Wayland Baptist University will not accept RLGN 1301 Old Testament History or RLGN 1302 New Testament History, or their equivalents, from any institution except other Baptist institutions to meet the core requirement in any Wayland degree. If a student has taken RLGN 1301 Old Testament History and/or RLGN 1302 New Testament History, or their equivalents, at any institution except other Baptist institutions, then the student has two options to meet the core requirement: (1) take RLGN 1301 and/or RLGN 1302 at Wayland
or (2) take RLGN 4306, 4316, 4317, or 4318 in lieu of RLGN 1301; and/or take RLGN 4306, 4320, 4322, or 4324 in lieu of RLGN 1302. RLGN 4306 may be an option for either RLGN 1301 or RLGN 1302 as stated above, but may not count for both on the same degree plan. No other RLGN/RLED courses may substitute for either RLGN 1301 or 1302. The Dean of the School of Religion & Philosophy must approve any exception to
this policy. RLGN 1301 Old Testament History or RLGN 1302 New Testament History, or their equivalents, taken at non-Baptist institutions, may be transferred as elective credit with approval of the Dean of the School of Religion and Philosophy and the Registrar.
4. B.S. degree requires EXSS 1112 and one activity course. Courses marked with an * in the course description section maybe used to fulfill this requirement. Students who have served two or more years in the Armed Forces are exempt from EXSS requirements with DD-214 from basic training.


Academic Major and Minor

Major fields of study approved for the B.S. degree include biology, chemistry, history, mathematics, molecular biology, physical education, physical science, political science, psychology, and sociology. Major requirements for the degree vary from 30 to 32 semester hours. Specific semester hour as well as course requirements are included in that section of the catalog dedicated to the discipline selected.

Students pursuing the B.S. degree may elect a minor from any discipline identified by the University as an approved minor field. The typical minor consists of 18 semester hours. In composite science, major and minor requirements are combined into a 48-semester hour major. Specific semester hour as well as course requirements for the minor are included in that section of the catalog dedicated to the discipline selected.

Electives
The student may complete the minimum of 124 semester hours required for the degree with courses which complement or extend career preparation, or to pursue subject fields which hold special appeal. However, before using elective semester hours, students should check with their advisors to ensure that the hours are indeed elective and that upper-level semester hour requirements for graduation are being met.