Mathematics and Natural Sciences Majors


The major rests on a solid foundation of chemistry and biology courses supported by mathematics and physics. These courses provide the tools to understand the chemistry of living things.

Total Requirements: 120 credit hours


The Biology major prepares students for graduate school, medical/allied health professional schools, or for careers in teaching, biotechnology, industrial laboratories, or environmental work. Within the general framework of the biology degree, and in addition to the required biology, math, and other science courses, a student may choose from one of three focus areas: organismal biology, molecular/cellular biology, or pre-health professional; or create an individualized program to meet special interests.

Total Requirements: 120 credit hours

Biology with Secondary Teacher Certification

This major allows students to obtain Secondary Teacher Certification (grades 8-12) along with a Biology major.

Total Requirements: 120 credit hours


The Chemistry program has three main purposes: (1) to educate chemists for graduate work, research, industry, and teaching; (2) to give a basic background in chemistry to students of related sciences; and (3) as a part of general education, to broaden students’ knowledge of and appreciation for scientific advancement as it affects their lives, society, and environment. The program emphasizes the application of chemical principles to the life sciences, although curriculum tracks for various other career areas may be appropriate.

Total Requirements: 120 credit hours

Computer Science

A degree in Computer Science focuses on the provides a broad-based background sufficient for entry into a career in computing in many of its standard formats. Students will be equipped with soft skills (e.g., teamwork, verbal and written communication, time management, problem-solving, flexibility) and personal attributes (e.g., risk tolerance, collegiality, patience, work ethic, identification of opportunity, sense of social responsibility, appreciation of diversity) that play a critical role in this career path.

Total Requirements: 120 credit hours (Bachelor of Science)

Engineering Studies (Associate Degree)

The Associate of Science degree in Engineering Studies provides a rigorous course of study in the prerequisites of a four-year engineering program. All courses in the program are accepted for credit by the Engineering Schools of the University of Kentucky and the University of Louisville toward any of their specific engineering field programs. Generally, students from Brescia with this two-year degree should be able to complete a B.S. degree in engineering after two additional years at the University of Kentucky; however, some areas of engineering may require some summer course work if the Bachelor’s degree is to be completed in four years.

Total Requirements: 60 credit hours

Engineering Technology (Associate Degree)

See Engineering Studies description above.

Total Requirements: 60 credit hours

Health Sciences (Associate Degree)

The Health Sciences Associate Degree encompasses the courses identified as prerequisites for admission into the University of Louisville’s School of Nursing; the degree enables students to be competitive in seeking admission into the U of L program or other nursing programs.

Total Requirements: 60 credit hours


The mathematics curriculum at Brescia University combines concern for maximizing the learning of each individual and an interdisciplinary approach into a program that balances traditional mathematical theory, creative problem-solving processes, and development of applied models to solve real problems. It prepares students for meaningful careers in both industry and teaching or for graduate study.

Total Requirements: 120 credit hours

Mathematics with Secondary Teacher Certification

This major allows students to obtain Secondary Teacher Certification (grades 8-12) along with a Mathematics major.

Total Requirements: 128 credit hours

Mathematics Middle School Teaching Area in Mathematics

Students pursuing an Education major with Middle School Certification may choose mathematics as one of the two required Specialty Areas (English, Mathematics, Social Studies, Science, or Special Education).

Total Requirements: 128 credit hours

Medical Laboratory Science

Students in this major register with the biology area and pursue three years of coursework in biology and chemistry. The final year is a 12-month internship in the laboratory of an approved hospital, earning a maximum of 30 credit hours during the internship. Brescia is affiliated with the Owensboro Health Regional Hospital and with the University of Louisville and its partnered affiliations as possible sites for the Medical Technology internship requirement.

Licensing and Certification are two different types of credentials.  A Professional or Trade License is issued by a government body and authorizes the license holder to practice their procession or trade in the state where the license has been issued.  Certification is a professional credential issued by an industry organization. There are 12 states in the United States that require Medical Laboratory Technicians to be licensed: California, Florida, Georgia, Hawaii, Louisiana, Montana, Nevada, New York, North Dakota, Rhode Island, Tennessee, and West Virginia.  Several employers in Kentucky want Medical Lab Technicians to have the American Society for Clinical Pathology (ASCP) and the American Medical Technologist (AMT) certification within 12 months of employment.   

Total Requirements: 120 hours