University courses lay a very solid academic foundation for the future development of college students. Facing the great selections of these courses, some people say that, basic science should be made compulsory for college students, for the reason that they could be more familiar with the advancement and evolution of human society. I disagree. I believe, despite minor merits, asking student of all majors to attend basic science classes would cause problems.
To begin with, science courses would put more academic pressure on students. College students have already had to study many theory and professional subjects related to their majors and their schedule is very tight. Take medical students as an example. They are not only obliged to finish their professional papers for credit, but also need to fulfill their internship in clinics. Their loads are so heavy that they cannot afford to take any irrelevant courses, namely basic science. In this case, university should not make this course a compulsory one since students would worry about whether they could finish their work on time and get the diploma.
Furthermore, a required science course would lead to unnecessary cost for students and their parents. Although it is basic science course, college may still hire some talented and senior science professors and experts, such as those from the best-known universities or scientific research institutes in order to guarantee the quality of lecturing. This would definitely increase the cost of schooling. Normally, this increased cost would be reflected in the tuition fee and increase the burden of students’ debt.
Admittedly, taking basic science courses does have its own merits. As a subject aiming to explain how the universe exits, basic science broaden students’ horizon and arouse their interests in science. Students could gain a deep understanding about the world they live in. However, since it is basic science course which indicates that the knowledge imparted there is relatively easy to understand or simply could be acquired by other methods rather than a required course in university. After all, students are expecting higher education there. TV documentaries and books are all available for students to gain the knowledge of basic science.
In conclusion, though there are some minor benefits to take basic science courses, making every college student attend these classes would not be a wise choice