Department Chair: Professor Andy Vermilyea
-Biology Coordinator: Assistant Professor Preston Garcia
-Chemistry Coordinator: Assistant Professor Tim Thibodeau
-Environmental Science Coordinator: Professor Cynthia Moulton
-Exercise & Sports Science Coordinator: Assistant Professor Justin Carlstrom
-Geology Coordinator: Professor Andy Vermilyea
-Health Science Coordinator: Professor Justin Carlstrom
The Natural Sciences Department offers Bachelor of Arts or Sciences degrees Biology (BS.BIO), Environmental Science (BS.ENV), Exercise & Sports Science (BS. ESS), Geology (BS.GEY), and Health Science (BS.HLT).
Students who complete a degree program in the Natural Sciences department will:
- Exhibit mastery of the fundamental concepts of their discipline and the ability to apply those concepts to contemporary issues.
- Research, synthesize, and communicate scientific ideas.
- Demonstrate proficiency in laboratory skills and quantitative analysis.
- Secure appropriate employment or gain admission to a graduate or professional program of study.
- Develop a lifelong interest in science.
Professional schools recommend a strong preparation in science and the other liberal arts, as well as involvement in endeavors such as internships in hospitals or clinics. Students should identify their interest early so that a program of study can be developed which is most appropriate for their chosen profession. Interested students should contact Dr. Livia Vastag for further information and assistance.
Elementary and Secondary Education Programs
The Natural Sciences Department is committed to providing outstanding science teachers to the region. Prospective elementary teachers should complete the Bachelor of Arts in Multidisciplinary Studies (MDS) with a concentration in science, and should have academic advisors in both the Natural Sciences Department and the Education Department. Additional science pedagogy labs are strongly recommended. The requirements for licensure listed under the Education Department's programs must also be completed. Prospective secondary teachers should complete a major in Biology, Environmental Science or Geology and then pursue licensure. A minor in Chemistry and additional Mathematics courses are also recommended.
For more information please visit our website at http://www.castleton.edu/natural-sciences
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