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Introducing the New Bachelor of Science and Arts (BSA) in the College of Natural Sciences‏

Introducing the New Bachelor of Science and Arts (BSA) in the College of Natural Sciences‏

See what the college's new, unique degree plan can do for you.

Dear Students,


I write to share with you the news that the Bachelor of Science and Arts degree is now officially approved. Beginning in the Fall 2014 semester, students may graduate with a BSA in a science (physics, math, biology, ...) and a minor in a (non-science) field outside of CNS, Engineering, or Geosciences, or a transcript-recognized certificate. This degree is intended for students with a strong interest in science, but a desire to marry that science with a cross-disciplinary interest (business, arts, communication, anthropology, foreign language, professional schools like medical education, etc.) which will support their future. You can speak more with your adviser about the degree, but some information is given here at this web site:

A college education is an opportunity to explore your interests and passions, as well as build up the skills you will need to be successful. This new degree increases your options as you decide on the right path for yourself. Depending on where you are in your undergraduate career, many of you can start registering for courses now as if you are following this degree and officially switch to the new BSA in Fall 2014.

As many of you know, the new BSA degree was born out of conversations with students expressing the desire for interdisciplinary opportunities, minors, and finding new ways to apply one's science. We had several Town Hall events and focus group discussions throughout CNS to better understand students' interests and craft the degree. You can read more about that here.

For those of you interested, here are the course requirements for each of the CNS majors in the BSA:

This link also includes several new certificate programs that can be used as a minor. Of note for many of you is the new pre-health education certificate, which allows students to explore coursework in sociology, psychology and other areas of relevance for professional schools.

I hope your summer is going well and look forward to seeing you back in the fall.

Best regards,
Sacha Kopp

Associate Dean, College of Natural Sciences
Professor, Department of Physics
Will C. Hogg Building, 2.222
Assistant: Maggie Wilhite maggie.wilhite@austin.utexas.edu
Telephone: (512) 232-0677

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