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As a student majoring in the Natural Sciences, there are some curriculum requirements you must meet. To graduate, you must earn 120 credit hours total.

Core Curriculum

You must take 39 credit hours of required courses for the core curriculum.  Consult your advisor, and refer to the University catalog for more information regarding approved core/General Education courses.

  • English (12 hours; 3 hours must be literature and may be a foreign literature; 3 hours must be either communication, writing, or acting)
  • History (3 hours)
  • Math (6 hours; 3 hours must be college algebra; 3 hours must be a non-algebra Math)
  • Science (9 hours) Combination of Biological Sciences and Physical Sciences, with 2 courses from the same subject.
  • Behavioral Science (6 hours; 3 hours must be at the 200 level or higher; Select from anthropology, criminal justice, political science, psychology, sociology, geography, or economics 202, 201 or 300)
  • Arts (3 hours) Must be chosen from Danc, Music, Theater or Visual Arts (see your curriculum plan for a list of specific courses)

Natural Sciences - Major/ Concentration Courses

If you choose the Natural Sciences as your major, you will be required to complete 24 credit hours from subject matter in the Natural Sciences block. All 24 of those credit hours must be at the 300- or 400-level with an earned grade of "C" or higher.

Choose courses from the following disciplines.

  • ANTH 202, 430, 435
  • Biology
  • Chemistry
  • Computer Science
  • Environmental Science
  • Geography 104
  • Geology
  • HIST 384
  • Mathematics
  • Organizational Leadership
  • Physics
  • Statistics
  • UNIV 200
  • Health Information Management
  • Informatics
  • Louisiana Center for Health Informatics
  • Health Services Administration

Enrichment Blocks: (Blocks are simply "groups of subjects")

For your enrichment hours, you must complete 36 credit hours. You need 12 credit hours in three or more blocks each (for 36 hours total) — and one of those blocks must be the same as your major/concentration area. You can complete coursework in any combination of subjects within those three blocks. The idea is that you get “enriched” by exploring different disciplines - find out where your interests lie, what your strengths are, and what classes are a hit for you! These 36 hours can be 100-400 level courses.  This will ultimately lead toward your decision of which block you want to major in.

The other blocks besides Natural Sciences are:

  • Arts
  • Behavioral Sciences
  • Applied Sciences
  • Business Studies
  • Humanities


You are free to choose from any block to fulfill your 21 credit hours toward electives.  We encourage you to use at least 6 of those hours to complete a minor.  

Additional Requirements/Restrictions:

2-3 credit hours - Computer Literacy course

3 credit hours - Advanced Writing course

Only one (1) KNEA class can be applied toward your graduation requirements.

A maximum of 30 hours in business classes may be counted toward your Bachelor of General Studies degree (or any college outside of the College of Business). Courses excluded from that 30-hour limit are:

    QMET 251
    QMET 352
    Louisiana Center Health Informatics courses
    Informatics courses
    Computer Science courses
    ECON 202
    ECON 201 or ECON 300 (not both)
    Health Information Management courses
    Health Services Administration courses