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Department of Natural Sciences


Field Description

The Department of Natural Sciences is an integrated department offering a wide selection of courses in biology, chemistry, environmental studies, and physics. The mission of the department is threefold:

  1. To engage all students in the scientific enterprise through hands-on learning, enabling them to become scientifically literate citizens who are able to make informed decisions about public policy issues;
  2. To prepare students for admission to and success in graduate and professional schools and for entry into the scientific workforce; and
  3. To provide research opportunities for Baruch College students

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The Majors

Biological Sciences
Arts And Sciences Ad Hoc Major in Natural Science Areas


Biological Sciences

Whether you’re a new student interested in the sciences, or a returning student planning a career change, the Department of Natural Sciences at Baruch’s Weissman School of Arts and Sciences offers you flexible programs that can be tailored to suit your interests and to help you achieve your career goals. The Biological Sciences Major (code 020) offers a rich variety of courses in biology, chemistry, and environmental studies. Students, in consultation with a faculty advisor, may design programs that prepare them for careers or advanced studies in many science and health-related fields.

In small classes, students receive personal attention from faculty, who are recognized experts in their fields. Advanced students can participate in faculty research projects on campus or at institutions where Baruch professors have collaborative arrangements. These research activities not only provide a unique learning experience, but students can earn academic credit as independent study and honors courses.
Interested students should contact the Department of Natural Sciences at 646 660-6250.

Base Curriculum Courses

No credit toward the major/specialization
BIO 2010 Principles of Biology I 4.5 credits
CHM 2003 General Chemistry I 4 credits
MTH 2003 Pre-calculus and Elements of Calculus 3 credits
or
 
  A more advanced calculus course 3-4 credits
* Please note:
Students with credit for MTH 2000 or MTH 2001 must complete MTH 2207.

Program Prerequisites                         16.5 – 17.5 credits
BIO 3001 Principles of Biology II 4.5 credits
CHM 3001 General Chemistry II 4 credits
CHM 3003 Principles of Organic Chemistry I 4 credits
PHY 2003 General Physics I 4 credits
or
 
PHY 3010 Quantitative Physics I 5 credits

Required Courses                               7 credits
STA 2100 Statistics for Social Sciences 3 credits
or
 
STA 2000 Business Statistics 3 credits
BIO 3015 Principles of Genetics 4 credits

Electives                               19 – 20.5 credits

Electives are based on students' interests and future goals, and are chosen in consultation with a faculty advisor. The major includes five elective courses, at least two of which must be at the 4000-level or higher, chosen from the following list:

BIO 3005 Molecular and Cellular Biology 4 credits
BIO 3010 Comparative Vertebrate Anatomy 4 credits
BIO 3012 Endocrinology 4 credits
BIO 3020 Biology of Invertebrates  (ENV 3020) 4 credits
BIO 3035 Introduction to Molecular Biotechnology 4 credits
BIO 3040 Plants in Action 4 credits
BIO 4004 Microbiology 4 credits
BIO 4010 Human Physiology 4 credits
BIO 4015 Developmental Biology 4 credits
BIO 5000-5004 Independent Study 3-4 credits
BIO 6001H-6003H Honors 4 credits
CHM 4010 Medicinal Chemistry 4 credits
CHM 4900 Biochemistry 4 credits
CHM 5000-5004 Independent Study 3-4 credits
CHM 6001H-6003H Honors 4 credits
ENV 3001 Introduction to Environmental Science 4 credits
ENV 3002 Energy Conservation 4 credits
ENV 3003 Human Conservation 4 credits
ENV 3005 Economic and Legal Aspects of Ecology 4 credits
ENV 3006 Global Ecology 4 credits
ENV 3008 Air and Water Pollution 4 credits
ENV 3009 Conservation Biology and Sustainable Development 4.5 credits
ENV 3015 Tropical Reef Ecology   (plus lab  ENV 3015L) 3 credits
ENV 3050 Freshwater Ecology   (BIO 3050) 4 credits
ENV 4005 Ecosystem Sustainability 4 credits
ENV 4020 Microbial Ecology 4 credits
ENV 4900 Topics in Environmental Science 4 credits
ENV 5000-5004 Independent Study 3-4 credits
ENV 6001H-6002H Honors 4 credits

 

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Arts And Sciences Ad Hoc Major in Natural Science Areas

When a student's educational objectives cannot be fully attained solely by study within an existing department, program, or school, he or she is given the option of devising an ad hoc pattern of courses in an area of concentration of his or her own choosing. A student may embark upon an ad hoc major following preparation and acceptance of a proposal outlining the area of study, the desired outcomes, and the educational values of the program. The program must be approved by the Office of the Associate Dean,Weissman School of Arts and Sciences.

The Department of Natural Sciences offers a preprofessional specialization that enables students to include chemistry and physics courses as part of an arts and sciences ad hoc major. Students prepare for entry into professional schools of medicine, dentistry, and other health care fields; graduate study in biological sciences; and teaching of biology, chemistry, and general sciences. Students combine basic courses in chemistry and physics with advanced electives.

The department also offers a specialization in environmental studies as part of an arts and sciences ad hoc major. This major includes a variety of courses in the sciences and additional courses from the Weissman School of Arts and Sciences, the Zicklin School of Business, and the School of Public Affairs. This ad hoc major integrates ecological principles in the dual context of science and society.

Prospective students are urged to register with the office of the Department of Natural Sciences early in their college careers. Each student will be assigned an individual advisor who will assist in formulating the specific ad hoc major program designed to attain the desired educational objectives. The department can be contacted at 646-660-6200.

The Weissman School of Arts and Sciences ad hoc major requires 30 – 33 credits.

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The Minors

Natural Sciences
Interdisciplinary Minor in Environmental Sustainability
Physics


Natural Sciences

Students may wish to minor in natural sciences in order to pursue general intellectual interests or specific career objectives. For example, students can complete some of the science courses required for admission to medical school by doing a minor in natural sciences. For the natural sciences minor, students take two natural sciences courses at the 3000 level or above, followed by a capstone course at the 4000 level. The capstone course must be taken at Baruch College. All 4000- level courses offered by the Department of Natural Sciences or an independent studies course may serve as the capstone. Interested students should contact the department.


Interdisciplinary Minor in Environmental Sustainability

The Department of Natural Sciences, the Weissman School of Arts and Sciences, and the Zicklin School of Business offer a joint interdisciplinary program in environmental sustainability that satisfies Baruch College's Tier III liberal arts requirement. The environmental sustainability minor is an interdisciplinary program suitable for both business and liberal arts students who have an interest in developing a critical understanding of interactions between human society and the broader global ecosystem. The program emphasizes economic, legal, and philosophical issues of environmental sustainability.

To satisfy the Tier III minor in environmental sustainability (11–12 credits) students must take one course at the 3000 level or above in environmental studies (ENV) offered by the Department of Natural Sciences, any other course from the electives listed below, and a required capstone course (ENV 4005 or 4900).

Program Prerequisite
ENV 1020 Principles of Ecology 4 credits

Required Capstone Course
ENV 4005 Ecosystem Sustainability 4 credits
or
 
ENV 4900 Topics in Environmental Science 4 credits

Electives
BIO 3009 Conservation Biology and Sustainable Development   (ENV 3009) 4.5 credits
BIO 3020 Biology of Invertebrates  (ENV 3020) 4 credits
BIO 3040 Plants in Action 4 credits
BIO 3050 Freshwater Ecology   (ENV 3050) 4 credits
CIS 3700 Green IT* 3 credits
ENV 3001 Introduction to Environmental Science 4 credits
ENV 3002 Energy Conservation 4 credits
ENV 3003 Human Conservation 4 credits
ENV 3005 Economic and Legal Aspects of Ecology 4 credits
ENV 3008 Air and Water Pollution 4 credits
ENV 3015 Tropical Reef Ecology   (plus lab  ENV 3015L) 4 credits
ECO 3511 Contemporary Economic Development 3 credits
GEOG 3009 Introduction to Human Geography 3 credits
GEOG 3036 World Regional Geography 3 credits
JRN 3800 Environmental Reporting 3 credits
LAW 3122 Law and the Environment* 3 credits
LAW 3400 Law, Business and Sustainability* 3 credits
PAF 3442 The Environment, Political Choices, and Public Policy 3 credits
PHI 3200 Environmental Ethics 3 credits
POL 3317 The Politics of Energy and the Environment 3 credits

*For the purposes of this program, this course counts as an Arts and Sciences course.

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Physics

The Department of Natural Sciences of the Weissman School of Arts and Sciences offers a Minor in Physics that satisfies Baruch College's Tier III liberal arts and sciences requirement. The Physics Minor is suitable for students with an interest in the application of mathematical tools to fundamental scientific laws. The program emphasizes both mathematical ideas and classic experiments. Students with no previous exposure to physics are encouraged to take PHY 1003 Concepts in Physics, before beginning the Physics Minor.

To satisfy this Tier III Minor, students must take three courses, two at the 3000-level or above, and a capstone at the 4000-level or above, from among the following list:
PHY 3001 General Physics II
  (Not open to students who have completed PHY 3010 and/or PHY 3020)
PHY 3010 Quantitative Physics I    [recommended]
  (Not open to students who have completed PHY 2003 and/or PHY 3001)
PHY 3020 Quantitative Physics II    [recommended]            
  (Not open to students who have completed PHY 3001)
PHY 3500 Biological Applications of Physics
PHY 4130 Modern Physics
PHY 4201 Astrophysics
PHY 5000-5004 Independent Study
PHY 6001H-6002H Honors


Recommended Courses in the Department of Mathematics:

Students are encouraged to take each of the following courses:
MTH 2610 Calculus I
MTH 3010 Elementary Calculus II
MTH 3020 Intermediate Calculus

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Natural Sciences Laboratory Equipment

Facilities for advanced studies in biology, chemistry, and physics are available on the Baruch campus. In addition to equipment standard to biology research, the Department of Natural Sciences has laboratories equipped for microbiology and microbial ecology, cell biology, ecology, and physiology.

A student research lab offers incubators, microscopes, balances, centrifuges, growth chambers, and water baths to permit a wide range of research. Computers for data analysis and presentation design are also available. Faculty research labs are dedicated to specific areas of inquiry: cell-cell communication, molecular systematics and evolutionary biology, and microbial ecology. Research facilities are available for prokaryotic and eukaryotic cell culture, growth and maintenance of various plant and invertebrate animal species, histology, video microscopy, DNA amplification, cell fractionation, and various standard biochemical techniques, including UV/visible spectroscopy, electrophoresis, and chromatography.

Laboratories in chemistry are equipped for specific areas of experimentation: general chemistry, environmental chemistry, organic chemistry, and organic synthesis (electrochemistry apparatus, dissolved oxygen meters, atomic absorption apparatus, and instruments for nuclear magnetic resonance, gas chromatography/mass spectroscopy, high-performance liquid chromatography, UV/visible spectroscopy, and infrared spectroscopy).

The physics area has a special computer lab for student research and a faculty laser optics research lab.

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