Natural and Social Sciences

Natural Science and Social Sciences Majors, B.A.

Dean: Aileen Beard, Ph.D.

Two school majors culminating in a Bachelor of Arts degree are offered by the School of Sciences, one in Natural Sciences and the other in Social Sciences. These majors afford students an opportunity to explore a wide breadth of the natural or social sciences or to arrange a course of study in fields that are not represented by current majors offered by departments in the School of Sciences.

Although a degree in Natural or Social Sciences may be appropriate for entry-level employment, students should be aware that the school major is not intended to provide sufficient depth of preparation for admission to a graduate program in a specific natural or social science. Students who wish to earn the natural or social sciences degree are strongly encouraged to meet with the Dean of the School of Sciences in the fall semester of the sophomore year to evaluate the appropriateness of the degree for their long-term career goals.

The school major is intended for students who are not seeking a baccalaureate degree in any other program at the College. For this reason, the school major ordinarily is not an appropriate second major. Students earning a Bachelor of Arts degree at the College must earn 128 semester credits (with a minimum of 42 credits at the 3000-level or higher), satisfy the requirements of Veritas General Education, and fulfill the requirements for a major.

Natural Sciences major

The school major in Natural Sciences requires a minimum of 36 credits in courses that carry a BIO, CHM, MTH, NSC, or PSC prefix. Of the 36 credits, 20 must be earned in one natural science department and 16 credits must be chosen from courses at the 3000-level or higher. The balance of credits needed for graduation should be selected in consultation with the student's academic advisor and the Dean to ensure that the student's individual educational and career objectives can be attained.

Social Sciences major

The school major in Social Sciences requires a minimum of 36 credits in courses that carry a PSY, SOC, GER, ECN, or POL prefix. At the Dean's discretion, courses with other prefixes that have a strong social science emphasis may be counted toward the major. The 36 credits must be distributed such that 16 credits are at the 3000-level or higher, at least 16 credits are earned in one department, and at least 8 credits are earned in a second department. The B.A. in Social Sciences may provide good preparation for graduate work in many professions such as law, management, and social work. Students preparing for professional study should work closely with their advisors to select an appropriate sequence of courses. The B.A. in Social Sciences does not provide sufficient depth to prepare for graduate study in any of the social sciences.

A student seeking to earn a B.A. in the Natural or Social Sciences should first schedule an appointment with the Dean of the School of Sciences or a designated advisor to discuss the appropriateness of the Natural Science or Social Science major and a proposed course of study.

Admission and retention

Students admitted to a School of Sciences major a student must be in good academic standing at the College and shall earn a minimum of C- in all courses applied toward the major to be retained. A cumulative grade point average of 2.0 is required for graduation.

School of Science major outcomes

A student graduating with a B.A. in Natural or Social Sciences from The College of St. Scholastica will:

1. Understand the broad relationships and connections among the disciplines studied.

2. Understand the most basic and essential principles of at least one discipline.

3 Communicate his or her analysis of a problem or evaluation of a proposition accurately and intelligibly from the view of a natural or social scientist, as appropriate.