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Overview

Take up to a year to explore RIT's portfolio of science programs before deciding on a major.


Interested in the multiple areas of science but cannot decide on one specific major? You’re not alone. Many prospective students are interested in the sciences but may be undecided as to which major best meet their interests and career aspirations. The science exploration option allows students to investigate the various majors in the College of Science and multidisciplinary science before deciding on a program of study.

The science exploration option allows students to investigate the various majors in the College of Science before deciding on a program of study. Students who decide on a major within their first year will not lose time toward the completion of their degree.

Plan of study

Science exploration is a year-long option built around a single project aimed at designing, building, and conducting scientific research to achieve a goal, which is presented to students on the first day of class. This approach to interdisciplinary technical education emphasizes real-world, hands-on problem solving by student-led teams. It offers participating students a degree of autonomy and responsibility rarely found at the freshman level. The selected project includes aspects of all of our science and mathematics majors, enabling students to participate in areas that interest them most. As a result, students develop an in-depth appreciation for the specific field in which their team was involved while simultaneously learning about various College of Science majors through the work of their classmates.

Curriculum

Science exploration option, typical course sequence

Course Sem. Cr. Hrs.
GSCI-101
Science Exploration I
This course prepares students within the College of Science for choosing a major through an intensive, team-based research project. The project is selected each year by the faculty and is presented to the class as a goal. The students will self-organize into groups, define group sub-goals, conduct research, communicate their results on a weekly basis, and integrate the modules into a final, complete research paper that is presented at the end of the second term. Students will be graded on their teamwork, individual and group creativity, scientific rigor, thoroughness of supporting research results, and the overall quality of the final research paper.
3
GSCI-102
Science Exploration II
This course continues to prepare students within the College of Science for choosing a major through an intensive, team-based research project. The project is selected each year by the faculty and is presented to the class as a goal. The students will self-organize into groups, define group sub-goals, conduct research, communicate their results on a weekly basis, and integrate the modules into a final, complete research paper that is presented at the end of the third term. Students will be graded on their teamwork, individual and group creativity, scientific rigor, thoroughness of supporting research results, and the overall quality of the final research paper. Students will present a formal project report at the end of the term to faculty and staff.
3
ACSC-010
Year One
The Year One class serves as an interdisciplinary catalyst for first-year students to access campus resources, services and opportunities that promote self-knowledge, personal success, leadership development, social responsibility and life academic skills awareness and application. Year One is also designed to challenge and encourage first-year students to get to know one another, build relationships and help them become an integral part of the campus community.
0
 
Mathematics or Calculus Sequence
3-9
 
Laboratory Sequence‡
8
 
Liberal Arts*
3-9
 
Computer Science
3-6
 
Wellness Education†
0
Total Semester Credit Hours
23-38

† Please see Wellness Education Requirement for more information. Students completing bachelor's degrees are required to complete two different Wellness courses.

‡ Students must choose one of the following laboratory sequences: General Biology I (BIOL-101), General Biology I Lab (BIOL-103), General Biology II (BIOL-102), and General Biology II Lab (BIOL-104); General and Analytical Chemistry I (CHMG-141), General and Analytical Chemistry I Lab (CHMG-145), General and Analytical Chemistry II (CHMG-142), and General and Analytical Chemistry II Lab (CHMG-146); or University Physics I (PHYS-121) and University Physics II (PHYS-122.

Admission Requirements

Freshman Admission

For all bachelor’s degree programs, a strong performance in a college preparatory program is expected. Generally, this includes 4 years of English, 3-4 years of mathematics, 2-3 years of science, and 3 years of social studies and/or history.

Specific math and science requirements and other recommendations

  • 3 years of math required; pre-calculus recommended
  • Chemistry or physics required

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