Texas Tech University

Arts and Science General Degree Requirement-Natural Science

The requirement on the Arts & Sciences General Degree Requirement sheet states:

“NATURAL SCIENCE: If 4 or more high school semesters of natural laboratory science – not including general, physical or applied science – are accepted for admission, the requirement is 8 hours – if not, the requirement is 11 hours. The first 8 hours of the requirement must come from the following laboratory courses approved in the Core Curriculum." Then follows a list of courses which may be viewed on the most recent Arts & Sciences General Degree Requirements sheet.

NOTE: The course subject abbreviations (course prefixes) are explained in the Reader's Guide to the catalog. (Instead of clicking on the picture of the catalog choose the link in red on the left that says "Course Descriptions." The abbreviations are decoded in the column on the right.)

"If required, the additional 3 hours must also come from one of the courses listed above.”

BA: 8 or 11 hours required

Note that since I am directing my comments only to those students completing the Bachelor of Arts degree, I am not including notes that relate to those completing the Bachelor of Science degree.

Pertinent information:

Unlike in the other colleges at TTU I will need to look at your high school transcript in order to see how much laboratory science you took there. If you took two or more years of a laboratory science in high school, then you will need 8 hours of Natural Science at the college level. If you took less than two years of lab science in high school or you were home-schooled or you completed the GED rather than graduating from high school, you will need to complete 11 hours of Natural Science at the college level.

What is lab science in high school?

Typically, it's a course like Chemistry, Biology, Physics and the like. The lab may be in a separate room, but is often just the hands-on component wherever you did it. Courses without the hands-on part, like Physical Science, don't count.

Back to Pertinent information:

You will notice that the courses that complete this requirement are either numbered like ANSC 3404 or ASTR 1400 or are two courses linked with an ampersand like ATMO 1300 & 1100 or BIOL 1305 & 1113.

Courses like BIOL 1401 contain both a lecture and a lab, but you only get one grade for the whole package. In order to enroll in them you must choose two CRN's (a lecture -- usually a section number like 001, 002, etc. -- and a lab -- usually a section number like 301 or 502, etc.) Occasionally you must choose three CRN's. For example, for the Astronomy classes (1400 or 1401) you must choose both a lecture, a lab (the sections numbered 501, etc.) and the last one on the list which is a section number like 701.

Courses like GEOL 1303 & 1103 are linked so should be taken together, preferably in the same semester, but earn you a separate grade for each course. You often have to enter both the CRN for the lecture and the CRN for the lab at the same time rather than registering for them separately. The lecture and the lab are then co-requisites for each other.

May I take eight labs to complete this requirement?


May I mix and match lectures and labs?

No. Lectures must be paired with their corresponding labs in order to count for the requirement.

More helpful info:

Math-challenged students will want to avoid Chemistry and Physics since they are math-based sciences. The Physics teachers teach the Astronomy classes so there is usually a little math mixed in, but most of you can handle it.

Students who need to choose courses that are inside Arts & Sciences will want to avoid ANSC 3404, N S 1401 and all the PSS classes.