Popular areas of study
Mathematics at St. Scholastica is more than a degree; it is a pathway that leads to a career, to advanced study, to research, to a fulfilling life’s work. The math curriculum capitalizes on what you have already learned and enables you to put into place the foundation blocks of logic and analysis that will take you on a journey from the abacus to the 21st Century in a community of creative learning. It is vigorous, it is exhilarating; it can be perplexing and it is full of promise.
Students at St. Scholastica pursue a math major to prepare for post-graduate study, for careers as teachers, or perhaps to engage the challenges of industry. Some choose to become engineers or doctors. And we want you to derive more from your 4 years at St. Scholastica than the important objective of mastering mathematics.
Pursuing a liberal arts education involves selecting a minor, a secondary area of academic focus, and includes the option of pursuing a second major, in addition to mathematics, in a field to which mathematics might be profitably applied. Consider economics, management, computer information systems, or accounting. Math has broad application.
St. Scholastica offers a strong science curriculum including majors in chemistry, biology and biochemistry. For many years, CSS has been a leader in preparing students for careers in the health professions and medical studies. You can be sure that at CSS you will lay a solid science foundation for post-graduate education in such fields as nursing, physical therapy, occupational therapy, exercise physiology, doctoral studies, and pre-med, all popular majors at the College.
Your academic advisor will work with you to ensure that you are well prepared for any required standardized tests that you may need for post-graduate studies including the MCAT, or Medical College Admission Test, and the GRE, or Graduate Record Exam.
If you wish to pursue a career as a doctor, physician assistant, dentist, optometrist, veterinarian or pharmacist, a strong background in the basic sciences is essential to scoring well on the admissions tests and being prepared for your first year of professional school.
St. Scholastica offers tracks within the biology, chemistry, and biochemistry majors to provide the strong foundation pre-professional students need in the basic sciences. Indeed, students may choose any undergraduate major to complete their pre-professional studies-as long as courses required for admission to the professional program are completed.
The pre-professional tracks share many courses in common for the first two years, such as general biology, general chemistry, organic chemistry, anatomy & physiology, and physics (among others). Beyond these common courses, each health care field usually requires additional courses (examples: microbiology, genetics, biochemistry, calculus, or statistics) that may be different for each profession.
Cadaver lab for hands-on anatomy and biology instruction
St. Scholastica is fortunate to have a human cadaver lab to teach undergraduate anatomy & physiology; the Biology Department also offers many upper-division specialty courses related to human medicine. The Biology and Chemistry Departments offer courses in modern genetics, molecular biology, biochemistry, and medicinal chemistry.
All professional schools have general education requirements that are fully met by the St. Scholastica general education program. CSS offers courses on ethics, religious perspectives on death and grieving, developmental psychology, and intercultural communication (among others) that are especially valuable for pre-professional students.
Individual faculty attention
Because the St. Scholastica science departments are dedicated to undergraduate education only, faculty are able to provide more help and encouragement to students outside of class than might available in a large university. Further, a significant number of the science faculty have extensive experience as pre-professional advisors. A good advisor is invaluable in helping a student: stay abreast of changes in professional school requirements, schedule courses in advanced of deadlines for admissions tests, and make a realistic evaluation of readiness to apply to a professional school.
Pre-dental students often choose the pre-professional track in Biology. It is very important to check the specific prerequisites listed by each dental school well before applying.
Principal Contact: Douglas Walton
A student wishing to prepare for medical school has a choice of two basic programs:
a Biology, Biochemistry, or Chemistry major with strong supporting work in the other sciences as well as in humanities and behavioral arts and sciences. (See department advising Schema.)
a four‑year program with any desired academic major plus the prerequisites for the medical school as electives. A student choosing this path should identify the prerequisites of the medical schools to which he/she will apply.
A student wishing to prepare for pharmacy school will need a considerable amount of coursework in both biology and chemistry. It is important that the student be aware of the prerequisites of the pharmacy schools to which he/she plans to apply.
Principal Contact: Lawrence McGahey
A student wishing to prepare for veterinary medicine ordinarily chooses the pre‑professional track in Biology. It is important that the student research the prerequisites of the particular veterinary medical programs to which he/she plans to apply.
Principal Contact: Douglas Walton
Students wishing to enter a Physician Assistant Program typically choose a Biology or Biochemistry major; the Bachelor of Arts degree in Chemistry is also a possible route with the appropriate biology coursework. Some PA schools have admission requirements for extensive volunteer or work requirements in health care.
Principal Contact: Lawrence McGahey
Students planning on Optometry will find a major in Biology or Biochemistry a good choice. There are a limited number of Optometry schools in the US; there can significant variation in pre-requisite courses among the schools, so it wise to talk with an advisor soon after selecting Optometry as a professional goal.
Principal Contact: Lawrence McGahey
Business and Technology Programs
Designed for students who wish to pursue a career as an accountant in the manufacturing and service sectors, in governmental and not-for-profit organizations and in public accounting in some states. The major provides exceptionally strong preparation for the CPA and CMA exams.
Computer Science / Computer Information Systems
The computer revolution continues at a rapid pace. It constantly presents new concepts, technologies, methodologies and techniques which change the way organizations and individuals do their work. Organizations of all sizes are seeking college graduates in the information systems field to help them deal with this ongoing change. Computer Science/Computer Information Systems at St. Scholastica is an innovative alternative to the computer science programs offered at many colleges and universities. Students in the program learn current and emerging computer technologies and the means to apply these system technologies in solving organizational problems. In addition to the core computer concepts, students select a specific application concentration in business management, healthcare, web development, math, or software engineering. Students may also seek departmental approval for a custom designed concentration. Graduates find work in a variety of large and small organizations as web developers, software engineers, application programmers, database specialists, and business/system analysts. Some graduates are working for computer consulting firms or working as entrepreneurs, while others are managing the information systems of large and small organizations.
Economists like to say that everything in the world can be explained by economics. While perhaps that is a slight exaggeration, the fact is that economists study issues as small as how people decide what to do during a day and as large as global warming. Economics is a field that students will be able to use throughout their lives. If a student desires a major that will: provide a challenge; qualify him/her for virtually any management position; allow the opportunity to double major; and give insight on many of the opportunities that will be presented in everyday life, a major in Applied Economics would be an appropriate choice. With the Applied Economics major the student will focus on classes that are interesting and provide information that will be useful throughout his/her whole life. The Applied Economics major also lets the student broaden his/her horizons by taking classes outside of the major. This helps graduating Applied Economics majors to have a wide-ranging education that will be helpful in virtually every job market.
Finance can be divided into three areas:
- Financial Management is the study of how managers obtain funds, manage working capital, and allocate funds to long-term investments. Every firm, no matter how small, needs someone to manage funds. A manager also uses financial information to assess the strategies of the firm and to assess whether the firm is achieving its objectives.
- Financial Markets and Institutions is the study of money markets (short-term debt) and capital markets (long-term debt and equity). Attention is given to how financial traders behave in a global market, the role played in the financial market by different financial institutions (commercial banks, credit unions, investment banks), and the effects upon the financial system of national and international policymakers.
- Investment is the study of how individuals manage portfolios and provide financial planning.
Finance majors would be prepared to enter jobs in any of the three areas of finance.
The goal of the Management major is to prepare students for managerial careers in a wide range of for-profit and not-for-profit organizations. The major emphasizes the human dimensions of management and teaches students how to apply theoretical concepts to the solution of real world problems. In addition to completing the required management courses, students may focus on specific areas of interest through their choice of management electives.
This program of inter disciplinary study prepares students who wish to more fully understand the behaviors of people within organizations and the human aspects of management. It may be combined with elective study in management or other disciplines, and forms a foundation for students who are interested in managing organization change initiatives. This major also prepares students who wish to undertake graduate study in various areas of organization studies or management.
The marketing major helps students develop the knowledge and abilities needed to construct marketing strategies and activities that can be applied in large corporations, small businesses, or a retail environment. Marketing students will study topics including product design, customer relations, advertising, market research, marketing of services, marketing on the Internet, and creating strategic marketing plans. The Marketing major offers students new and dynamic career choices and prepares them to work for either an independent marketing agency, an advertising agency, or within a corporate marketing department. Additional coursework is available in personal selling, retailing, or small business marketing. An advisor will help students tailor their course selections to their particular needs and interests.
Master of Arts in Management
The MA in Management focuses on the behavioral elements of management and treats them as part of a practice that be mastered, much like medicine or law. Its graduates are skilled at identifying and analyzing organizational problems, developing innovative solutions, and making correct ethical decisions at the most critical times. Courses of primary focus include: organizational behavior, organization development (planned change), management communication, human resource management, and strategic management. It also requires fundamental business courses such as marketing, finance and economics.
This degree is applicable to diverse organizational settings in both the profit and not-for profit environments. Students come from a broad spectrum of professional backgrounds, including corporate and public sector management, health care, education, engineering, and entrepreneurship. The program relies heavily on experiential learning which helps students develop the capacity to apply theoretical concepts in real world work settings. The program also offers interested students opportunities to focus their studies within the following areas of management practice: 1) Organization Development, 2) Health Care Administration, and 3) Human Resources Management.
Master of Business Administration
The College of St. Scholastic's Master of Business Administration program is designed for students who want a broad knowledge base in all the areas of business, strong technical skills and personal capacity and capabilities in leadership and change management. Understanding of organizations in a global environment is fundamental to the program. Ethics, social responsibility, personal awareness and cultural acumen in a global setting are integrated throughout the curriculum. Students have international opportunities throughout their study.
The MBA program relies heavily on experiential learning which helps students develop the capacity to apply theoretical concepts in real world work settings. The program offers interested students the opportunity to choose three elective courses; or they can choose three courses within the following areas of focus: Finance, Marketing, Health Care Administration, and Organization Development.
Courses focused on the international and cultural aspect of each area are found within the concentration areas.
Master of Arts in IT Leadership
The Master of Arts in Information Technology Leadership (IT Leadership) program seeks to prepare working professionals with real world expertise to lead technology initiatives within their organizations, professions, and business sectors. The program focuses on the understanding and application of technology and how information technology can be used to address issues facing the organization. As a result of this focus, the program is approachable to both current IT professionals as wells as professionals outside of the IT field.
It has become more important than ever to have a working knowledge of technology and interpersonal leadership skills to recognize and capitalize on trends that can impact businesses. When using information technology to respond to challenges in the workplace, it is key to have an understanding of the capabilities and limitations of the technologies as well as the interpersonal communication skills to facilitate change. The IT Leadership program prepares students to meet these challenges.