Scholars Academy

Physical Science Connections Program

The Scholars Academy at Lewis University provides some excellent opportunities for academically talented students.  One of these is the Physical Science Connections Program.  This program is an honors track for students who are interested in Biochemistry, Chemistry, Chemical Physics, Forensic Chemistry, Mathematics, Physics, and Pre-Engineering, and who enter Lewis University with a high school GPA of at least 3.25 and ACT Composite and Math scores of at least 24.

The Physical Science Connections Program offers a topically linked course sequence in the physical sciences, taught by some of Lewis’s most dynamic faculty members.  Because classes are small, they tend to be very interactive; you will get to know your professors and classmates.  Moreover, the faculty members who teach these courses collaborate on planning and teaching, in order to bring out the interconnectedness of the physical sciences and mathematics and to ensure a rich educational experience.

The Physical Science Connections Program gives you the opportunity to earn a Scholars Diploma or a Distinguished Scholars Diploma upon graduating from Lewis, as long as you maintain a 3.25 GPA and fulfill the program requirements outlined here:

Scholars Diploma

Distinguished Scholars Diploma

First Year Connections Sequence (both diploma tracks):
Fall Semester (14 Hours)
Calculus I
General Chemistry I and Lab
General Physics I and Lab
Introduction to the College Experience
Spring Semester (13 Hours)
Calculus II
General Chemistry II and Lab
General Physics II and Lab

3 In-Class Scholars Experiences in General Education Courses (contracts or honors courses)

4 In-Class Scholars Experiences in General Education Courses (contracts or honors courses)

Senior Capstone (in your major)

  • Scholars contract in an Advanced Lab course or 2 credit hours of Undergraduate Research

Senior Capstone (in your major)

  • Scholars contract in an Advanced Lab course or 2 credit hours of Undergraduate Research

 

3 (additional) credit hours of undergraduate research at Lewis or a comparable approved research experience (e.g. off-campus summer research program), culminating in a senior thesis and defense

30 Scholars Activity Units (including one presentation and one service-learning activity)

55 Scholars Activity Units (including one presentation and one service-learning activity)

Additional information about course contracts, Scholars Activity Units, and the Scholars Academy in general may be found at  http://www.lewisu.edu/academics/scholars/.

You benefit in a number of ways by participating in this program.

  • You will take the entire first- year sequence with the same classmates, becoming part of a community of aspiring young scientists.

  • You will learn valuable laboratory techniques and modeling skills and develop analytical, problem- solving, and critical-thinking skills.

  • You will be able to participate in special seminars and social events as a member of the program.

  • You will be able to register early for classes during the semesters in which you take Connections courses.

  • You need not declare a major in your first year.  By participating in this program, you will be on track to major in Biochemistry, Chemistry, Chemical Physics, Forensic Chemistry, Mathematics, or Physics or to continue in the Pre-Engineering Program or the joint Physics-Aerospace Engineering Dual Degree Program with the Illinois Institute of Technology.  Even if you decide to opt out of majoring in one of the physical sciences, you will have completed all of your mathematics and science general education requirements while you are in this program.

If you have any questions or would like more information about the Physical Science Connections Program, the Scholars Academy, or the physical science programs in general, please contact the Physical Science Connections coordinator, Dr. Joseph Kozminski, at kozminjo@lewisu.edu or (815) 836-5393.