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Natural Sciences

(For 2014-15 academic year)
D. McHugh

Students may consider a natural science topical major if they wish to focus their studies in disciplinary or interdisciplinary areas not encompassed by approved majors. Students must first discuss a possible program of study with an appropriate academic adviser, and then provide the division director with the proposed program and a rationale for this program no later than the student’s fifth term at Colgate.

The major comprises at least 10 courses that closely relate to a common theme and are complementary. Normally, eight courses must be major courses in departments within the Division of Natural Sciences and Mathematics. Five or more of these courses must be at the 300 or 400 level, and at least one must be a non-independent study, 400-level course in a science department. An overall GPA of at least 2.00 is required for the courses chosen to meet major requirements.

Course Offerings

100  Essential Mathematics

T. McCay, A. Robertson

A 0.50–credit mathematics course that serves as preparation for quantitative courses across the university. The course covers topics such as rates, algebra, logarithms, trigonometry, graphing, and estimation. Taking a placement test is required. Open to first-year and sophomore students. Juniors and seniors wanting to enroll require co-registration in an analytical/quantitative course and permission from the Natural Sciences and Mathematics Division Director. Not open to students who have received Calculus AP credit or have completed MATH 101 or higher. No transfer credit is given for this course.

291, 391, 491  Independent Study