Natural Sciences Curriculum
The Natural Sciences faculty have agreed that a student desiring to list "Natural Sciences" as an AOC should have a diverse enough background to be reasonably called a natural scientist and, at the same time, should have attained some level of mastery in one of the following disciplines: Biology, Chemistry, Mathematics or Physics.
These goals are normally achieved by meeting the following requirements:
• Satisfactory completion of at least eight courses with the Division of Natural Sciences. These courses are to be distributed among at least three disciplines. The minimum that must be done in each is the successful completion of the introductory sequence in that discipline.
• A minimum of two semester courses beyond the introductory sequence in one discipline. The faculty will entertain requests for exceptions to these specific requirements as long as work of sufficient breadth and depth has been done in the division.
• At least one Independent Study Project in the Natural Sciences.
• A senior thesis in some area of the natural sciences, sponsored by a faculty member of the Natural Sciences division.
For detailed requirements, check out our General Catalog.
Course offerings in Natural Sciences:
Due to the flexible and interdisciplinary nature of our Natural Sciences AOC, it is difficult to list "typical" courses that students pursue. Instead, you will work with your faculty advisor to design a plan of study and coursework that matches your particular interests and goals.
Sample courses available within each of the disciplines of the Natural Sciences can be found on the disciplinary AOC pages (e.g., Chemistry). You may also view a list of all New College courses by semester by clicking here.