Natural Science Courses

The following courses can be used to fulfill the science requirement:

  • Astronomy and Astrophysics:, 111, 211 (formerly called ASTR 011), , 212 (formerly called ASTR 012), 250, 392, 410, 411, 412 (Note: Astronomy 1 may not be taken by Penn Engineering students. Other courses numbered below Astronomy 11 can be taken as free electives only.)
  • Biochemistry: Any course
  • Bioengineering: 305, 505, 513
  • Biological Basis of Behavior: Any course except 010, 050, 060, 160, and 227
  • Biology: 91, 92 and any course numbered above 100 except 130, 446, and 544
  • Biophysics: Any course
  • Cellular and Molecular Biology: Any course
  • Chemistry: Any course except Chem 10, 11, 12, 22, 23;(Note that AP credit for CHEM 091 and EAS 091 is accepted in lieu of CHEM 101)
  • Computer and Information Science: CIS 398 (Only CIS Majors may count this as a Natural Science or Engineering elective).
  • Electrical and Systems Engineering: ESE 112* (Note: If ESE is taken, PHYS 151 is not allowed since these are equivalent.)
  • Engineering and Applied Science: 210
  • Genomics and Computational Biology: Any course
  • Geology: 109, 130 and any course above 200
  • Materials Science Engineering: MSE 221 (Note: MSE 215, 221, 260, 330, 430 may be counted as Natural Science or Engineering if taken prior to Spring 2015.)
  • Mechanical Engineering and Applied Mechanics: 110*, 147*
  • Physics: 050, 051, 093, 094, 140, 141, and courses numbered 150 and above**, except 314, 360 and 500

Freshman Seminar courses can not be used to fulfill the natural science requirement.

* If MEAM 110 and MEAM 147 is taken, PHYS150 is not allowed since these are equivalent.

** If you take the honor’s equivalent of a required Physics course, there is no need to petition for it (e.g. you can take Phys 170 in place of Phys 150; or Phys 171 instead of Phys 151 without having to petition).