General Science Studies

About Our Program


ASTR-131: Descriptive Astronomy and ASTR-133: Introductory Astronomy Laboratory are ideal for the student with little or no prior scientific or mathematical experience who wishes to explore astronomy or science in general, as well as for students preparing to be secondary school science teachers. They also provide a good introductory survey for students planning advanced study of astronomy. ASTR-231: General Astronomy serves as a more in-depth introduction to astronomy. ASTR-133: Introductory Astronomy Laboratory can be taken as the lab-component for either ASTR-131: Descriptive Astronomy or ASTR-231: General Astronomy. Students interested in majoring in astronomy at a four-year school should take ASTR-231: General Astronomy, as well as PHYS-231: Engineering Physics I and PHYS-232: Engineering Physics II.

Biological Sciences

Biological sciences encompasses a wide range of fields from cell and molecular biology to ecology to organismal biology.

HFC offers a wide range of courses in Biological Sciences. Students may take a few courses in biology to satisfy the requirements for a program of study at HFC or choose from advanced courses to begin their studies toward a Bachelor's degree in a field of biology, which they can complete at a college or university;

Students who wish to pursue a career in biological sciences, or a professional career in medicine, veterinary science, dentistry, or advanced graduate work should consider this field.

Students who wish to transfer to a four year school to major in a field of biology (such as ecology, molecular biology, neuroscience, marine biology, or biology education) should follow the Biology Track of the General Science Studies program ( This program is set up to allow students great flexibility in planning their course of study at HFC. Since the requirements for a Bachelor's degree in Biology vary depending on the field of biology, as well as on the university, students should consult with an academic adviser familiar with the requirements of the schools to which they wish to transfer.


The Physics Department offers a variety of laboratory-based courses for students interested in studying physics, engineering, and other sciences, as well as support courses for students studying health careers, teaching, and other topics.

Students in other scientific disciplines will typically take the algebra-based courses PHYS-131:General Physics I and PHYS-132:General Physics II.

Students taking PHYS-120: Technical Physics I and PHYS-121: Technical Physics II will apply the laws of physics to solve everyday technical problems in the workplace.

PHYS-133: Principles of Physics introduces various branches of physics to students who have limited mathematical skills. It is appropriate for students needing to fill a one-semester laboratory science requirement and for those in certain programs in Health Careers and teaching.

Students interested in majoring in general science should consider completing the General Science Studies Associate in Science degree. This program gives students the option to select a track, such as Biology or Chemistry, to align with their interests, strengths, or personal goals.


Janice Gilliland B.S., Univ Western Ontario; B.Ed., Univ Western Ontario; M.A., Wayne State University* 313-845-9740