2022-23 Undergraduate Catalog 
    Jul 14, 2024  
2022-23 Undergraduate Catalog

Natural Sciences Department

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Department Chair: Professor Andy Vermilyea
-Biology Coordinator: Associate Professor Preston Garcia
-Chemistry Coordinator: Associate Professor Tim Thibodeau
-Ecological Studies Coordinator: Professor Cynthia Moulton
-Environmental Science Coordinator: Professor Andy Vermilyea
-Exercise & Sports Science Coordinator: Associate Professor Justin Carlstrom
-Health Science Coordinator: Assistant Professor Andrea Corcoran and Professor Gail Regan
-Wildlife & Forest Conservation Coordinator: Assistant Professor Kristen Ross

The Natural Sciences Department offers Bachelor of Arts or Sciences degrees Biology (BS.BIO), Environmental Science (BS.ENV), Exercise & Sports Science (BS. ESS), 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.

Premedical Program

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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