Department of Natural Sciences

As an Ad Hoc Major
The Department of Natural Sciences offers a pre-professional specialization that enables students to include biology, chemistry, physics and environmental science courses as part of an ad hoc grouping.  This type of major is an excellent foundation for entry into professional school of medicine, dentistry, and other health care fields, graduate study and teaching. The ad hoc major has the flexibility to incorporate courses from the Zicklin School of Business and the School of Public Affairs, integrating scientific principles in the context of science and society. Students who wish to pursue an ad hoc major in the natural sciences are encouraged to meet with an departmental faculty advisor to plan a course of study.

As a Minor
Students may wish to minor in the natural sciences, combining one or more of the disciplines offered in the department. Students take two 3000-level natural science courses followed by a 4000-level capstone. It is recommended that students meet with a faculty advisor to select appropriate courses.

For students who wish to create a Tier III Minor in one specific discipline, the same requirements apply:

Environmental Studies




For more information about natural science courses and major/minor requirements, consult the online Bulletin.

Department of Natural Sciences, 646-660-6200
Professor John H. Wahlert, 646-660-6253

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