Should all majors require science classes?
NOT EVERYONE NEEDS THEM | By Kendra Hardin
The promise of the opportunity to focus on one’s passions in college is only a half-truth for non-science majors. While useful for aspiring scientists, required science classes are excessive and distracting for all other majors.
At the cost of $7,536 per year, according to the CU Denver website, it is senseless to waste a single dime of tuition. Yet required science classes force even non-science majors to buy textbooks, give hours of their time, and stress endlessly over classes with no relevant application.
Science is important, sure—but so is mental health, financial stability, and career momentum. Science courses build on the stress of college, cost extra money, and detract from career-focused learning. Meanwhile, the comprehensive science classes provided in high school make college-level courses excessive.
The Colorado Department of Education outlines specific expectations for high school science programs, arguing that educational standards allow “the US to continue as a world leader in the 21st century.” As a result, Colorado students are guaranteed all the information necessary to pursue a non-science career upon high school graduation, without needing to learn additional information.
It does not take college science to understand that the Earth is round, pollution is bad, and that mitochondria are the powerhouse of the cell. This surface-level understanding is all a non-science major will ever need.
All college students are required to take classes that stray from their major—such as arts courses—but it is important to note that high schools do not cover all subjects equally.
Rightfully, CU Denver requires a basic understanding of often-unenforced subjects. There is no reason, however, to require all majors to have such a comprehensive understanding of subjects already covered in high school. CU Denver requires only one arts credit for all students, as not all st
udents are pursuing arts. But a biologist needs an understanding of art history no more than an artist needs an understanding of cellular respiration.
It is clear to see that science majors should not be distracted by unrelated classes. Therefore, there should be no issue highlighting the absurdity of requiring science classes for non-science majors.
SCIENCE IS IMPORTANT IN ALL FIELDS | Shannon Robinson
Consider this: the year is 2017 and people still believe in flat earth theory. Although some may laugh at this archaic, even primitive, mindset that some individuals have, one cannot help but wonder what has possessed them to wholeheartedly belief in such a fallacy—maybe a lack of a proper science education is the culprit.
Although it may seem excessive for non-science majors to take science courses in college, it is the underappreciation of science education that leads individuals to disregard fact in favor of whatever they deem correct.
While learning science is important, these facts aren’t the only reason science classes exist. Science classes help cultivate creativity and critical thinking skills that many people who argue that science is unnecessary for non-science majors lack. The phrase itself, “non-science major,” shows a vast gap of understanding: there is no such thing as a “non-science major” since everything incorporates science somehow.
A music major may argue that science is irrelevant to their major and their future aspirations; however, the science of sound is an art in its own way. Without understanding of how sound itself works, how can any musician properly appreciate acoustics that send a euphonious roar through a concert hall? Or consider the art major who might turn their nose down at a biology course but lack understanding of the biopsychosocial factors that make certain colors so appealing to a human eye? Science may not be explicitly visible in everyday life, but if one knows where to look (and how to think), it is clear that a proper understanding of the scientific world enhances one’s perception and overall existence.
Rather than succumbing to a lazy, primitive mindset that underappreciates and ignores science, students of all fields and majors should be actively taking science courses. Both artists and scientists grapple with the environment to better understand it: One field takes a qualitative approach while the other takes a quantitative approach. Overall, as students in a constantly changing, progressive society, science classes should be mandatory.