Biological and Physical Sciences

Bachelor of Science Degree in Biological and Physical Sciences

Frequently Asked Questions

What kind of job can I get with this degree?

As a general rule, a college major does not prepare you for one specific job. Instead, it allows you to develop skills and abilities in your area of interest that can be applied to a broad range of occupations in that field.  This degree has many occupation possibilities including, agriculture, education, medical and research laboratory positions, and health care agencies.  This degree can also prepare you for graduate school including, dentistry, medicine, occupational and physical therapy to name a few.

How many classes do I have to take?

To earn the B.S. in biological and physical sciences, you'll need a minimum of 120 credit hours.  Of these, at least 33 hours will be in required science courses; 75 will be in general education courses; and the remainder will be electives.  Classes can range from one to five credits.

What kinds of classes will I have to take?

The IU Kokomo Bachelor of Science (B.S.) degree in Biological and Physical Sciences is centered around a traditional core of courses in the the natural sciences, matematics, humanities, and social and behavioral sciences.

What is accreditation and what does it mean?

A process by which the university and its programs are reviewed by the Higher Learning Commission every 10 years.  IU Kokomo is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission of the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools.

How many students will be in my classes?

The number of students can vary from 10 students in upper level classes to over 100 students in some of the lower level courses.

What are faculty qualifications?

Most faculty members have a doctorate degrees.  Others have master's degrees.

Can I do an internship with this program?

Yes, internships are available for this degree.

Can I study abroad with this degree?

There are various short-term "study abroad" programs available.

Will you help me find a job when I graduate?

IU Kokomo's Office of Career Services, located in the Kelley Student Center, can assist you with aptitude and interest assessments and help you prepare for the job search and interview process.

Are there student organizations for this degree?

There is the Science, Mathematics & Informatics (SMI) Pre-Professional Club.  The club is open to anyone involved with Mathematics, Informatics, or Science, including Pre-Med, Pre-Vet, Pre-Dentistry, and Pre-Pharmacy students.

How can I get in touch with my professor?

Professors will put their contact information in their syllabus. Typically they can be reached by email and by phone or by visiting their offices.

Do I get an advisor to help me schedule classes?

Advising for this major is provided in the Arts and Sciences Advising Center.

How do I change degrees?

You can contact your academic advisor to facilitate a degree change.

What is a major?

A major is your main field of study; i.e. biological and physical sciences, biology, chemistry, etc. 

Can I double-major?


What is a minor?

A minor would be your second field of study. You take fewer courses in a minor than in a major.

Can I minor in anything I want?

Yes, as long as the minor you want is available and you take the required courses for it.

What is a concentration?

This would be a specialized program within your major.

What's the difference between an associate, bachelor, master and doctorate degree?

The differences would be the length of time and the credit hours; i.e. associate degrees are usually 2 years, bachelor's degrees are usually 4 years and master and doctorate degrees are post-baccalaureate programs that can be completed in graduate school.