I'm in high school now. How can I prepare for a major in the Natural Sciences at HPU?
1. Take lots of math courses. Every major in the Department of Natural Sciences requires high levels of competency in math, particularly calculus and statistics. You can prepare by making sure that you take math every semester of high school. Ideally, science majors should be ready to take calculus upon arrival at college. Students not prepared to take pre-calculus will require extra course and progress in your major may be delayed.
2. Take science courses. All science experience is valuable! Any experience in the core courses of biology, chemistry, physics, and earth sciences will help you. More specialized courses like marine science and health sciences courses are great, but it will be better if you can come with a solid background in all of the core sciences.
3. Take writing courses. Successful science depends on very clear written communication -- and writing skills develop only with experience!
4. Take Advanced Placement (AP) and International Baccalaureate (IB) courses if you have the chance. AP and IB courses in any discipline are fantastic preparation for college level work. In addition, if you take the AP or IB exam, you may even get college credit to apply toward your degree. This means you can get into your advanced coursework sooner!