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Degree Type: Associate in Science
College(s): Arts and Sciences

Why Choose Pre-Science?

Pre-Science is intended for students who have a general interest in science but who are not ready to choose a specific field of study. The program also is intended to provide students with preparatory course work if previous academic experiences require fundamental improvements.

During the first year, you take coursework necessary to fulfill the general education requirements common to all college degrees. You also choose courses in mathematics, biology, chemistry, physics and other sciences to build fundamental skills in these disciplines. During the second year, you continue selecting similar courses to assist you in focusing on an appropriate career direction. Coursework is extremely flexible and advisors work with you to plot a program of courses that suits your interests, goals and needs.

Get a Great Background in Science

Do you enjoy studying the biological and physical sciences? Have you done well in your science and math courses in high school? Are you considering a career in a science-related field but are uncertain of which specific one? The Pre-Science program at Ferris provides you with the solid foundation in mathematics and science necessary to pursue these careers.

Admission Requirements

First year student admission is open to high school graduates (or equivalent) who demonstrate academic preparedness, maturity and seriousness of purpose with educational backgrounds appropriate to their chosen program of study. High school courses and grade point average, ACT composite score, and ACT reading and mathematics subscores will be considered in the admission and placement process. Transfer students must have at least 15 credits at the time of application with a minimum 2.0 overall GPA including an English and mathematics course, or they must provide their high school records and ACT scores for admission review.

General Education Requirements

All general University General Education requirements can be found here:

Please consult this link for a complete listing of General Education Electives:

Graduation Requirements

The Pre-Science program at Ferris can lead to an associate in science degree. Graduation requires a minimum 2.0 GPA overall. Students must complete a minimum of 60 college credits including all general education requirements as outlined on the General Education website.

More Information

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Department of Biological Sciences
Ferris State University
820 Campus Drive/ASC 2004
Big Rapids, MI 49307
Phone: 231-591-2550

Required Courses
Credit Hours

General Education

This degree requires completion of the General Education requirements for an Associate in Science degree. Details of these requirements are delineated on the General Education website. Courses listed below as program/major required courses with the indicators C, S, Z, R, G may also be used to satisfy some of these general education requirements.
Scientific Understanding and Mathematics course work
Minimum of 20 credits (7-13 beyond General Education)
Electives to a total of 60 credits including General Education requirements listed above.
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