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Department of Natural Sciences

David W. Buckalew, Chair
Penny S. Whaley , Secretary
Betty J. Woodie, Fiscal Manager
Francis D. Twombley, Director of Laboratory Services and Hazardous Waste Manager

The Department offers majors in biology, chemistry, and physics; minors are available in biology, chemistry, earth science, environmental studies,  geography,  and physics. A student may major or minor in more than one area with the appropriate selection of courses. The Department also offers degrees in cooperation with other institutions in dual-degree engineering; pre-professional medical programs prepare students to transfer to professional schools in a number of health-oriented professions. The Department of Natural Sciences offers courses which satisfy the science requirements for general education in all degree programs of the College.
     The aim of study in this department is to develop an interest in the natural world and to acquire the scientific habits of problem-solving through experimentation, accurate observation, exact statements, and independent thought.
 

ASSESSMENT: The Department of Natural Sciences requires senior majors to take a comprehensive achievement test. The purpose of the test is to assess the progress of the majors and the effectiveness of the program. 

BIOLOGY PROGRAM
     BIOLOGY AND ENVIRONMENTAL SCIENCE COURSE DESCRIPTIONS
CHEMISTRY PROGRAM
     CHEMISTRY COURSE DESCRIPTIONS
EARTH SCIENCES PROGRAM
     EARTH SCIENCE COURSE DESCRIPTIONS
GEOGRAPHY PROGRAM
     GEOGRAPHY COURSE DESCRIPTIONS
PHYSICS PROGRAM
     PHYSICS COURSE DESCRIPTIONS
DUAL-DEGREE ENGINEERING PROGRAM
PHYSICS MINOR
HEALTH PRE-PROFESSIONAL PROGRAMS

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