Do you agree or disagree with the following statement: All university students should be required to take basic science courses even if it is not the field of their study.
再者，我们要仔细分析题目，抓取关键词，找准切入点。这道题中，关键词应该是① university students，即学生是专指大学生，而非中学生、小学生或幼儿园小朋友等。要知道，每个学生阶段都具有不同的特征，大学生作为高等教育阶段，和其他学生的特征差别还是很大的。
第二个关键词则是② basic science courses，即基础科学课程。基础科学明显是理科生必须上的一门基础课，但文科生该不该上呢?咱们是不是可以以此为切入点展开论证呢?
University education has long been taken as elite education where students can spend four years or more to delve into their majors and become experts after graduation in respective fields. However, it has a tendency to develop into a kind of mass education, considering the threshold across universities have been lowering and more and more students are getting enrolled into the universities. Hence, when it comes to whether all university students should be required to take basic science courses, people may take different standpoints. I myself prefer the idea that taking basic science courses should not be a requirement for all.
For a start, students with no interest in science would lack the proper motivation to learn it well. University is a place where students get to pursue their own interests.For those who major in science and are scientifically- minded, it would be a breeze to take science classes. But for the rest, this mandatory policy simply means poor attendance and high failures rates. People always say interest is the best teacher. So students who are bored with science wouldn’t appreciate the good intentions of college authorities. For them, it’s high school all over again. Most high school graduates are already tired of trying to be versatile learners, so when they go to college and choose a major, they expect to devote all their time and energy to what really appeals to them. Instead, they end up learning something they are not passionate about and complaining about how hard it is to keep up. The learning process should be enjoyable, not the other way around.
Besides, making basic science mandatory does not cater to post-university goals. The common expectation of people who go to universities is to gain a competitive edge in job hunting. They spend four years studying not just to get a diploma, but to acquire skills and expertise they can put into use in their future careers. Take English major students for instance. Most of them will be applying for positions like teachers, translators or editors, so what are the benefits if they spend a lot of time on memorizing chemical formulas or draw distinctions between invertebrates and amphibians? Sure, no one can deny subjects like physics and biology could give students an overall awareness of how the world works. But the fact is without such, people can still manage fine in their daily work. So this policy falls short of practical use.
Finally, offering basic science to all the students would be a huge drain on school’s human and financial resources. Just imagine how many more science teachers would be need to instruct such a sheer number of students. The university would have to hire more professors and teaching assistants, which means a rise in school expenditure. Given that universities are all now trying to cut back on expenses, this policy would be the last thing schools want to see.
To sum up, it is not recommendable for universities to require all the students to take science classes for the absence of personal interest, practical use, and economic benefits.