Salisbury University - Richard A. Henson School - Advising
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Current Undergraduate Students

If you are a current student with a declared major within the Henson School of Science and Technology, then you have an assigned advisor who is a faculty member in that department. Your faculty advisor is the best first person to ask questions about your classes, careers, internships, course requirements, graduate school, and anything else related to your major. Your advisor will make recommendations for what courses you should take each semester during program planning. It is ultimately your responsibility for making sure you complete all degree requirements, but your advisor can help you along the way!

However, if you are considering declaring or changing to a major within the Henson School of Science and Technology, this page will provide you important information on how to change/declare a major, as well as important information on each of the majors available within the Henson School of Science and Technology.

How to Declare a Henson Major or Minor:

To declare a major through the Henson School of Science & Technology, you'll need to:
1. Research your new intended program – for more information on programs, see below.
2. Complete a
Change of Major/Minor Form – for some majors, you must declare a track as well.
3. Submit it to the appropriate department contact.
4. Check your email regularly for contact from the department.

For the most effective advising, please submit all forms by the start of Program Planning.

The Henson School of Science and Technology offers the following undergraduate majors:

Click on the program's link below to learn more about declaring that major. All courses within the major must be completed with a C grade or better, unless otherwise stated.

          Biology

          Chemistry

          Computer Science

          Earth Science

          Geography

          Mathematics

        Medical Laboratory Science

        Nursing

          Physics

          Respiratory Therapy

To declare a minor through the Henson School of Science & Technology, you'll need to:
1. Complete a Change of Major/Minor Form.
2. Submit it to the appropriate department contact – see below for department contacts.
3. Once you've declared the minor, view your Academic Requirements Report for requirements.

The Henson School of Science & Technology offers the following minors:

Please click on the minor's link below to find the appropriate contact.

          Actuarial Science

          Biology

          Chemistry

          Clinical Biochemistry

          Clinical Hematology

          Clinical Microbiology

          Computer Science

          Earth Science  

          Environmental/Land-Use Planning

          Geographic Information Science

          Geography

          Mathematics

          Physics

          Statistics

          Transfusion Services

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Biology

The Biology major is designed to provide students with the knowledge and abilities to apply the scientific process and to think critically about contemporary issues in the biological sciences.

To graduate with a degree in biology, students must complete the 27-credit biology core and at least 17 additional credits in BIOL and ENVH (totaling at least 44 credits), with an overall GPA of 2.0 or higher. At least 24 of these 44 credits must be at the 300-400 level.

Biology majors have additional requirements to complete including three (3) chemistry courses (CHEM 121, CHEM 122, and CHEM 221), one (1) mathematics course (MATH 155, MATH 198, or MATH 201), and one (1) physical science course (GEOG 105, GEOG 401, GEOL 103, PHYS 121, or PHYS 221).

For more information on the requirements for the Biology major, please see the Biology major checklist.

Students may also seek teacher certification in Secondary Education with a Biology major. For more information, please see the Department of Education Specialties website.

For more information on the Biology major, please see the Biology department website.

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Chemistry

Chemistry explains the molecular basis of life and how medicines work. A chemistry degree is a great way to prepare for careers in medicine, pharmacy, dentistry and other health-related professions.

The Chemistry major has seven (7) major tracks that lead to the Bachelor of Science:

1.     Chemistry

2.     Chemistry – ACS certified

3.     Biochemistry

4.     Biochemistry – ACS certified

5.     Dual degree in chemical engineering (3-2 program)

6.     Chemistry/Teacher Certification (Secondary Education)

7.     Accelerated track for pharmacy (Doctor of Pharmacy)

For more information on teacher certification in Secondary Education with a Chemistry major, please see the Department of Education Specialties website.

For more information on the Chemistry major, please see the Chemistry department website.

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Computer Science

Study within the Computer Science major prepares students to become outstanding computer science professionals, with an emphasis at the upper level in software development. Cooperative learning and team experiences are incorporated throughout the program to prepare students for environments they will encounter after graduation.

The computer science major requires 20 courses (68-69 credits) arranged in four components:

1.     Mathematics Core for computer science (20 credits) which completes a minor in mathematics;

2.     Lower-Division Computer Science Core (16 credits);

3.     Upper-Division Computer Science Core (23 credits); and

4.     Three upper-level electives (9-10 credits, selected with the guidance of a faculty advisor).

For more information on the Computer Science major, please see the Mathematics & Computer Science Department website.

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Earth Science

Earth Science majors use their knowledge to increase our understanding of Earth processes and to improve the quality of human life. By applying their knowledge of forces and factors that shape the Earth, they seek to reconstruct the past and anticipate the future.

Students may also seek teacher certification in Secondary Education with an Earth Science major. For more information, please see the Department of Education Specialties website.

For more information on the Earth Science major, please see the Department of Geography & Geosciences website.

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Geography

Geography is the science of place and space. Geographers ask where things are located on the surface of the earth, why they are located where they are, how places differ from one another, and how people interact with the environment.

There are five (5) tracks in the Geography major that lead to the Bachelor of Science:

1.     Atmospheric Science

2.     Environmental/Land-Use Planning

3.     Geographic Information Science

4.     Physical Geography

5.     General Geography

For more information on the Geography major, please see the Department of Geography & Geosciences website.

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Mathematics

Mathematics majors routinely work in partnership with faculty and other students to develop as professionals and to acquire skills necessary to succeed in a variety of future endeavors.

 The Mathematics major offers various options:

1.     a B.S. in mathematics, traditional option;

2.     a B.S. in mathematics, applied option;

3.     a B.S. in mathematics with a concentration in statistics;

4.     a B.S. in mathematics with a concentration in computer science;

5.     a B.S. in mathematics with secondary education certification; and

6.     a B.S. in mathematics with an Actuarial Science concentration.

For more information on seeking teaching certification in Secondary Education, please see the Department of Education Specialties website.

For more information on the Mathematics major, please see the Mathematics & Computer Science website.

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Medical Laboratory Science

Medical Laboratory Science is a branch of medicine dealing with laboratory analyses used in the diagnosis, prognosis, and treatment of disease as well as in the maintenance of health.

Designed to follow prerequisite courses in basic science areas such as biology and chemistry, professional courses in Medical Laboratory Science program are upper level baccalaureate courses and clinical training experiences. Following completion of the program, graduates are eligible to take national certification examinations which are necessary for employment in most clinical laboratory settings.

Students should declare a major in Medical Laboratory Science (MLS) early in their academic careers to assure appropriate advisement. Enrollment in the MLS Program is a two-step admission process including:

1.     admission to Salisbury University and

2.     a separate competitive admission process to the upper division program.

For more information on the Medical Laboratory Science major, please see the Medical Laboratory Science program website.

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Nursing

There are four types of students who may seek an undergraduate degree (B.S.) in nursing:

1.     Traditional undergraduate students (first bachelor’s degree);

2.     RNs with an associate’s degree in nursing and no previous bachelor’s degree;

3.     RNs with an associate’s degree in nursing and an unrelated bachelor’s degree;

4.     Second bachelor’s degree students

Students with an interest in nursing should declare nursing as their major upon application to the University. Enrollment in the nursing major is a two-step admission process—admission to the University with a separate admission/approval process to begin the upper-division nursing courses. Admission to the University does not guarantee acceptance to begin the upper-division nursing courses.

For more information about the Nursing program, please see the Nursing Department website.

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Physics

A major in physics prepares students for careers in a variety of high-technology fields, teaching and further graduate studies in physics, engineering, medicine and other fields. Students can complete the physics major in one of four ways:

1.     General physics track;

2.     Microelectronics track;

3.     Secondary education track;

4.     3-2 dual-degree engineering program

For more information on seeking teaching certification in Secondary Education, please see the Department of Education Specialties website.

For more information on the Physics major, please see the Physics Department website.

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Respiratory Therapy

The purpose of the Bachelor of Science in Respiratory Therapy is to prepare highly trained health care practitioners who administer care to patients with disorders of the cardiopulmonary system.

Enrollment in the respiratory therapy major is a two-step process: first admission to the University with a second admission process to begin the upper-division respiratory therapy courses. Admission to the University does not guarantee acceptance to begin upper-division respiratory therapy courses.

In the final two years of the program, students must complete practical experiences at clinical affiliates such as Peninsula Regional Medical Center, Memorial Hospital at Easton or other clinical sites. Satisfactory completion of the program will qualify students to sit for the National Board of Respiratory Care entry-level and subsequent registry exams.

For more information on the Respiratory Therapy major, please see the Respiratory Therapy program website.

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