Undergraduate Broad Field Natural Science
In Broad Field Natural Science, you’ll gain a broad understanding of science across the major disciplines of Biology, Chemistry, Geoscience and Physics. The Broad Field curriculum is designed to give you a solid foundation of science content and processes while still allowing you to customize your in-depth exploration in a particular discipline within science and engineering. The Broad Field major serves as a starting point for advanced study in the sciences, preparation for professional schools, and combines well with other majors and minors to prepare you for work in fields such as Education, Communications, or Political Science.
Science and technology are a part of almost every profession today. A Broad Field Science major will provide you with the science background necessary to intelligently engage in a wide variety of science issues. While specializing in one area of science is appropriate for some careers, preparing yourself to engage with science ideas across the entire breadth of science content is unique to the Broad Field Science program.
You’ll take a year-long introductory sequence of courses in all four science areas. From there, you’ll specialize in one science content area. Working with your advisor you’ll choose courses to build the kind of specialty that you’re most interested in and find most compelling. You can choose from a wide variety of mid and upper-level courses.
Why Edgewood College
At Edgewood College, even the introductory and lab courses are small and taught by our science faculty, allowing for greater faculty–student interaction on a regular basis. As a Broad Field Science major you’ll have access to the entire collection of upper-level science courses, enabling you to customize your science exploration, with access to all of the College’s equipment and faculty expertise for conducting original research.
Edgewood College has a deeply rooted relationship with UW-Madison and Madison College, which allows you to take classes in areas of specialty that we might not currently. Our relationship with Madison College has led to the development of the Broad Field Science with Civil Engineering degree which produces graduates with both broad science knowledge and job-ready engineering skills.
More resources, options, and opportunities in Greater Madison allows for a greater ability to make your college experience as individual as you are. The thriving science and technology business sectors in the area offer opportunities for work and internships throughout the entire year. Opportunities for field and laboratory research are abundant.
Students graduating with a Broad Field Science degree may choose to stay in science by focusing on a particular area in graduate school. There are also a growing number of graduate degree programs that pair advanced science content with courses in Business, Education or Public Service. You might become an engineer, a science writer, a journalist specializing in science issues, or a lawyer or public servant who can intelligently engage with science issues. If you aspire to be a teacher, this degree prepares you to teach across the science disciplines and integrate your learning.
I came to Edgewood College with set goals, to become an officer and to get into medical school. I’ve reached both those goals.Dr. Justin Chaltry ’11, DO, Capt., U.S. Army