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Physical and Earth Sciences

Physical and Earth Sciences Scholarship & Research

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Geography: Geography is a science that examines physical and social processes and their interrelationships through the integrative concept of space. Physical geography analyzes the systems and processes that shape the earth’s surface including weather, climate, landforms and hydrology. Human geography analyzes social processes such as globalization, demographics, urbanization and the construction of cultural identities. Environmental geography examines the interactions between social and physical systems. Geographers explore these processes using such tools as maps, geographic information systems and remote sensing techniques.

Membership in Gamma Theta Upsilon, the international geography honor society, is available to distinguished students. Prospective members must have completed a minimum of 3 geography or earth science courses, have a GPA of at least 3.3 overall in those courses, and shall have completed at least 3 semesters of college course work. A prospective member is not required to be a geography major or minor.

Physics: A physics minor is very useful in many technical fields, since the study of physics develops an understanding of basic principles, mathematical modeling, and practical applications. Specific areas where a physics background is useful include imaging techniques in medicine and biology, analytical instrumentation in chemistry, remote-sensing techniques in the geosciences, and the development of realistic physical models in computer science and mathematics. 

Curriculum & Courses
     • Minor in Physics
     • Physics Courses
Natural Sciences: Natural Science is an interdisciplinary science major for students interested in environmental science, allied health professions, science teaching, or other areas that can benefit from a broad scientific background. The major affords students an opportunity to discover scientific fundamentals as part of a general education while preparing for graduate study or employment in a scientific field.

The Environmental Science Concentration within the Natural Science major is for students interested in pursuing environmentally-related technical careers or further study in the technical aspects of environmental issues. The concentration provides students with a foundation in the scientific techniques, analyses and tools for assessing human impacts on environmental systems and mitigating or remediating environmental harm.

Completion of the Natural Science degree requirements may prepare students for advanced study in a health profession. Students work closely with an advisor to choose major core and elective courses that will fulfill the prerequisites for admission to such a program. Some students in the Natural Science major may choose to apply for admission to the Nuclear Medicine Technology concentration or the Accelerated Pharmacy Program (see below).

Many students in the Natural Science major are interested in science education. Students in the Elementary Education major may choose Natural Science as a second major. Students interested in teaching science at the middle or secondary school level may choose the Concentration in General Science Education or the Concentration in Earth Science Education within the Natural Science major.

The major in Natural Science, pre-MBA Concentration is for students planning a business career in a scientific or technical field. Foundation science courses help students understand the principles underlying technologies in fields such as biotech, electronics, or instrumentation. The business and economics courses are designed to prepare students for application to an MBA program and may result in graduate course waivers, shortening the period of graduate study.

NOTE: Students completing the Natural Science major fulfill the 12 credit general education (LASC) requirements in Natural Systems and Processes and Quantitative Reasoning (Mathematics and Natural Science distribution under the pre-LASC system).

Curriculum & Courses

Patricia A. Benjamin, Ph.D.
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Location: Ghosh Center for Science & Technology(Room 410)
Phone: 508-929-8583

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