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Natural Science

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

Why Choose Natural Science?

Natural 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 Natural 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. Minimum 2.5 high school GPA, with 17 ACT or 900 SAT. Transfer students must have at least 12 credits including an English and a Mathematics course with a minimum 2.0 overall GPA. 

General Education Requirements

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.  

All University General Education requirements for an Associate’s degree is here

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

 Consult the Required Course above or program advisor for program specific General Education requirements.

Graduation Requirements

The Natural Science program at Ferris leads to an associate in science degree. Graduation requires a minimum 2.0 GPA overall in all FSU courses. Students must complete a minimum of 60 college credits, with 20 credits in natural sciences and mathematics. Must have 15 credits of Ferris classes (FSU Residency requirement).  

More Information

PHONE: 231-591-2555

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

Department of Physical Sciences
Ferris State University
820 Campus Drive/ASC 3021
Big Rapids, MI  49307
Phone:  231-591-2580

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