Undergraduate Broad Field Natural Science


In Broad Field Natural Science, you’ll gain an understanding of science across the major disciplines of Biology, Chemistry, Geoscience and Physics. The 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. 

Program Highlights

  • 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. 

  • All classes are taught by our distinguished faculty, even introductory-level courses. 

  • 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. 

  • Our relationships with UW-Madison and Madison College allow you to take classes in areas of specialty that we might not currently offer.  

  • 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. 

Career Outcomes

More resources, options, and opportunities in Greater Madison allows for a greater ability to make your college experience, and your career, 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. 

Our graduates become engineers, science writers, journalists specializing in science issues, and lawyers or public servants 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