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The Department of Natural Sciences is an integrated department consisting of offerings 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 promote innovative faculty research on campus that advances science while enhancing teaching and providing research opportunities for Baruch College students. Undergraduates may work with a faculty advisor to design ad hoc majors to prepare for postbaccalaureate careers in science and health related fields or for entry to graduate or professional studies.

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The Major

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

Biological Sciences

Base Curriculum Courses

No credit toward the major/specialization
Principles of Biology I4.5 credits
General Chemistry I4 credits
Pre-calculus and Elements of Calculus3 credits
or 
 A more advanced calculus course3-4 credits
* Please note: 
Students with credit for MTH 2000 or 2001 must complete a calculus course.

Program Prerequisites                         16.5 – 17.5 credits
Principles of Biology II4.5 credits
General Chemistry II4 credits
Principles of Organic Chemistry I4 credits
General Physics I4 credits
or 
Quantitative Physics I5 credits

Required Courses                               7 credits
Statistics for Social Sciences3 credits
or 
Business Statistics3 credits
Principles of Genetics4 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:

Molecular and Cellular Biology4 credits
Comparative Vertebrate Anatomy4 credits
Endocrinology4 credits
Biology of Invertebrates4 credits
Plants in Action4 credits
Microbiology4 credits
Human Physiology4 credits
Developmental Biology4 credits
Independent Study3-4 credits
Honors4 credits
Medicinal Chemistry4 credits
Biochemistry4 credits
Independent Study3-4 credits
Honors4 credits
Introduction to Environmental Science4 credits
Energy Conservation4 credits
Human Conservation4 credits
Economic and Legal Aspects of Ecology4 credits
Global Ecology4 credits
Air and Water Pollution4 credits
Conservation Biology and Sustainable Development4.5 credits
Tropical Reef Ecology   (plus lab  ENV 3015L)3 credits
Freshwater Ecology   (BIO 3050)4 credits
Ecosystem Sustainability4 credits
Microbial Ecology4 credits
Topics in Environmental Science4 credits
Independent Study3-4 credits
Honors4 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 Minor

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.

Tier III 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

Principles of Ecology

Required Capstone Course

Ecosystem Sustainability

or

Topics in Environmental Science

Electives

Conservation Biology and Sustainable Development (

)

Biology of Invetebrates

Plants in Action

/

Freshwater Ecology

Green IT*

Introduction to Environmental Science

Energy Conservation

Human Conservation

Economic and Legal Aspects of Ecology

Air and Water Pollution

/

Tropical Reef Ecology (Lecture and Lab)

Contemporary Economic Development

Introduction to Human Geography

World Regional Geography

Environmental Reporting

Law and the Environment*

Law, Business and Sustainability*

The Environment, Political Choices, and Public Policy

Environmental Ethics

The Politics of Energy and the Environment

*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:
General Physics II 
  (Not open to students who have completed  PHY 3010 and/or  PHY 3020)



Quantitative Physics I    [recommended]
  (Not open to students who have completed  PHY 2003 and/or  PHY 3001)
Quantitative Physics II    [recommended]            
  (Not open to students who have completed  PHY 3001)



Modern Physics
Astrophysics
Independent Study
Honors


Recommended Courses in the Department of Mathematics:

Students are encouraged to take each of the following courses:
Calculus I
Elementary Calculus II
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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Courses

Courses in Biology (BIO)

Survey of the Living World

2 lecture hours; 4 lab hours; 4 credits

General Biology - Structure and Function - A Human Orientation

2 lecture hours; 4 lab hours; 4 credits

Fundamentals of Biology: Human Biology Laboratory

3 hours; 3 credits

"Fundamentals of Biology?é?ÇöLaboratory Research in Genetics, Evolution, and Ecology"

3 hours; 3 credits

Principles of Biology I

2 lecture hours; 1 recitation hour; 3 lab hours; 4.5 credits

Comparative Vertebrate Anatomy

2 lecture hours; 4 lab. hours; 4 credits

Principles of Genetics

2 lecture hours; 4 lab. hours; 4 credits

Principles of Biology II

2 lecture hours; 1 recitation hour; 3 lab hours; 4.5 credits

Population Biology: Evolution Ecology

2 lecture hours; 3 lab. hours; 1 recitation hour; 4.5 credits

The Biology of Cells

2 lecture hours; 3 lab. hours; 1 recitation hour; 4.5 credits

Principles of Biology II

6 hours; 4.5 credits

Reading Science

1 hour; 1 credit

Molecular and Cellular Biology

2 lecture hours; 4 lab. hours; 4 credits

Conservation Biology and Sustainable Development

2 lecture hours; 1 recitation hour; 3 lab hours; 4.5 credits

Comparative Vertebrate Anatomy

2 lecture hours; 4 lab. hours; 4 credits

Developmental Biology

2 lecture hours; 4 lab. hours; 4 credits

Endocrinology

2 lecture hours; 4 lab. hours; 4 credits

Principles of Genetics

2 lecture hours; 4 lab. hours; 4 credits

Biology of Invertebrates

4 hours; 4 credits

Human Physiology

2 lecture hours; 4 lab. hours; 4 credits

History and Evolution of Life

2 lecture hours; 1 recitation hour; 2 lab. hours; 4 credits

Plants in Action

2 lecture hours; 4 lab hours; 4 credits

Freshwater Ecology

2 lecture hours; 4 lab hours; 4 credits

Microbiology

2 lecture hours; 4 lab. hours; 4 credits

Human Physiology

2 lecture hours; 4 lab. hours; 4 credits

Development Biology

2 lecture hours; 4 lab. hours; 4 credits

Ind Stud Bio I

Hours and credits to be arranged

Ind Stud Bio II

Hours and credits to be arranged

Ind Stud Bio IV

Hours and credits to be arranged

Ind Stud Bio III

Hours and credits to be arranged

Ind Stud Bio V

Hours and credits to be arranged

Special Problems

4 credits

Special Problems

4 credits

Special Problems

4 credits

Survey of the Living World

2 lecture hours; 4 lab hours; 4 credits

General Biology - Structure and Function - A Human Orientation

2 lecture hours; 4 lab hours; 4 credits

Fundamentals of Biology: Human Biology Lecture

"2 lecture, 1 recitation; 3 credits"

"Fundamentals of Biology ?é?Çô Genetics, Evolution, and Ecology"

3 hours; 3 credits

Principles of Biology I

2 lecture hours; 1 recitation hour; 3 lab hours; 4.5 credits

Conservation Biology and Sustainable Development

2 lecture hours; 1 recitation hour; 3 lab hours; 4.5 credits

Comparative Vertebrate Anatomy

2 lecture hours; 4 lab. hours; 4 credits

Hon Microbiology

2 lecture hours; 4 lab. hours; 4 credits

Hon Biology I

Hours to be arranged; usually 4 credits per semester

Biology Honors II

Hours to be arranged; usually 4 credits per semester

Biology Honors III

Hours to be arranged; usually 4 credits per semester

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Courses in Environmental Science (ENV)

Fundamentals of Ecological Research

3 hours; 3 credits

Principles of Ecology

2 lecture hours; 4 lab. and field hours; 4 credits

Environmental Conservation

2 lecture hours; 4 lab. and field hours; 4 credits

Introduction to Environmental Science

3 lecture hours; 2 lab. hours; 4 credits

Energy Conservation

3 lecture hours; 2 lab. hours; 4 credits

Human Conservation

3 lecture hours; 2 lab. hours; 4 credits

Economic and Legal Aspects of Ecology

3 lecture hours; 2 lab. hours; 4 credits

Global Ecology

3 lecture hours; 2 lab. hours; 4 credits

Air and Water Pollution

3 lecture hours; 2 lab. hours; 4 credits

Conservation Biology and Sustainable Development

2 lecture hours; 1 recitation hour; 3 lab hours; 4.5 credits

Tropical Reef Ecology

3 credits; 1 lecture hour

History and Evolution of Life

2 lecture hours; 1 recitation hour; 2 lab. hours; 4 credits

Freshwater Ecology

2 lecture hours; 4 lab hours; 4 credits

Ecosystem Sustainability

3 lecture hours; 2 lab hours; 4 credits

Microbial Ecology

2 lecture hours; 4 lab. hours; 4 credits

Topics in Environmental Science

3 lecture hours; 2 lab hours; 4 credits

Ind Stud Env I

Hours and credits to be arranged

Ind Stud Env II

Hours and credits to be arranged

Ind Stud Env III

Hours and credits to be arranged

Ind Stud Env IV

Hours and credits to be arranged

Ind Stud Env V

Hours and credits to be arranged

Fundamentals of Ecology

3 hours; 3 credits

Hon Prin of Ecology

2 lecture hours; 4 lab. and field hours; 4 credits

Hon Env conservation

2 lecture hours; 4 lab. and field hours; 4 credits

Hon Human Conserv

3 lecture hours; 2 lab. hours; 4 credits

Tropical Reef Ecology Laboratory

4 lab hours; 0 credits

Hon Env Stud I

Hours to be arranged; usually 4 credits per semester

Hon Env Stud II

Hours to be arranged; usually 4 credits per semester

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Courses in Chemistry (CHM)

Chemistry and the Environment

2 lecture hours; 4 lab. hours; 4 credits

Fundamentals of Chemical Laboratory Techniques

3 hours; 3 credits

Select Topics in Chemistry

1 hour; 1 credit

General Chemistry I

2 lecture hours; 4 lab. hours; 4 credits

General Chemistry II

2 lecture hours; 4 lab. hours; 4 credits

Principles of Organic Chemistry I

2 lecture hours; 4 lab. hours; 4 credits

Principles of Organic Chemistry II

2 lecture hours; 4 lab. hours; 4 credits

Physical Chemistry I

2 lecture hours; 4 lab. hours; 4 credits

Physical Chemistry II

2 lecture hours; 4 lab. hours; 4 credits

Medicinal Chemistry

3 lecture hours; 3 lab hours; 4.5 credits

Biochemistry

2 lecture hours; 4 lab. hours; 4 credits

IND STUD CHM I

2 hours; 2 credits

IND STUD CHM II

4 hours; 4 credits

IND STUD CHM III

4 hours; 4 credits

Hon Chm & Environmnt

2 lecture hours; 4 lab. hours; 4 credits

Fundamentals of Chemistry

 

Hon General Chemistry I

2 lecture hours; 4 lab. hours; 4 credits

HON CHEMISTRY I

4 hours; 4 credits

HON CHEMISTRY II

4 hours; 4 credits

HON CHEMISTRY III

4 hours; 4 credits

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Courses in Physics (PHY)

Concepts in Physics

3 lecture hours; 1 recitation hour; 2 lab hours; 4 credits

Fundamentals of Experimental Physics

3 hours; 3 credits

General Physics I

3 lecture hours; 1 recitation hour; 2 lab. hours; 4 credits

Hyper complex Numbers with Applications in Physics

2 lecture hours; 1 recitation hour; 2 computer workshop hours; 4 credits

General Physics II

3 lecture hours; 1 recitation hour; 2 lab. hours; 4 credits

Quantitative Physics I

4 lecture hours; 2 lab hours; 5 credits

Quantitative Physics II

4 lecture hours; 2 lab hours; 5 credits

Biological Applications of Physics

6 hours; 4 credits

Modern Physics

3 lecture hours; 3 lab hours; 4 credits

Astrophysics

3 lecture hours; 1.5 lab hours; 1.5 field excursion hours; 4 credits

Ind Stud Phy I

Hours and credits to be arranged

Ind Stud Phy II

Hours and credits to be arranged

Ind Stud Phy III

Hours and credits to be arranged

Hon Concepts Phy

3 lecture hours; 1 recitation hour; 2 lab hours; 4 credits

Fundamentals of Physics: Theory and Practice

3 hours; 3 credits

Hon Quant Phy I

4 lecture hours; 2 lab hours; 5 credits

Hon Physics I

Hours to be arranged; usually 4 credits per semester

Hon Physics II

Hours to be arranged; usually 4 credits per semester

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