2014-2015 Academic Catalog: Sciences Department

Paloma Valverde, Ph. D., Chair
Center for Sciences and Biomedical Engineering Room 317
617-989-4439

FACULTY

Professors

Raffaele DiCecca

 

Associate Professors

Robert F. Moran, Ph.D.

Gergely Sirokman, Ph.D.

Richard Shurtleff

Paloma Valverde, Ph.D.

Assistant Professors

Sara Alibeik, Ph.D.

Ryan Rogers, Ph.D.

Laurie E. Grove, Ph.D.

Franz Rueckert, Ph.D.

James G. O’Brien, Ph.D.

Nadine Stecher, Ph.D.

Naomi Ridge, Ph.D.

 

DEPARTMENT MISSION AND VISION STATEMENT

Mission

The Sciences Department delivers a variety of challenging and motivating scientific experiences in chemistry, biology, physics and undergraduate research designed to impart scientific literacy, and support student success across all programs at the Institute.

Vision

Our vision is to deliver science through EPIC Learning to students to create lifelong learners, and to foster a deep appreciation for the sciences.

MINORS

Bioinformatics

For students with an interest in the applications of bioinformatics in drug discovery, diagnostics, and disease management, this minor is expected to supplement their major with a stronger foundation in the life sciences, computer science and mathematics, which allows the student to access and manipulate the wealth of data now emerging from new technologies relating to genes, genomes, and the molecules they produce in health and disease. This minor is offered in collaboration with the Biomedical Engineering and Computer Science and Networking departments.

To complete the minor, students must pass all three core courses and any two of the elective courses.

 

Course

 

Credits

Core

BIOL130

Cell and Molecular Biology

4

COMP601

Introduction to Bioinformatics

4

COMP611

Introduction to Biostatistics

4

Elective Courses

BIOL250

Introduction to Medical Biotechnology

 

BIOL406

Directed Study in Biological Research

4

CHEM410

Basics of Organic and Biochemistry

4

CHEM420

Proteins, Medicine and Disease

4

COMP602

Bioinformatics Algorithms

4

COMP612

Biological Data Mining

4

 

TOTAL CREDITS FOR MINOR

20

 

Biology

The minor in biology allows students with an interest in biology applications and/or research to supplement their major with a foundation in the biological sciences and the potential for participating in interdisciplinary research-based projects.

To earn the minor, students must pass two core courses and two elective courses. At least one of the minor courses must be a research-based directed study.

 

Course

 

Credits

Core

BIOL130

Cell and Molecular Biology

4

BIOL280

Anatomy and Physiology I

4

Elective Courses

BIOL290

Anatomy and Physiology II

4

BIOL370

Independent Study in Biology*

4

BIOL406

Special Topics in Biology*

4

 

TOTAL CREDITS FOR MINOR

16

*May fulfill the directed research requirement.

Chemistry

This minor allows students to supplement their major coursework with a stronger foundation in the physical sciences. Students will be exposed to the foundations of chemistry and laboratory techniques, including common analytical instrumentation. Students will also have the opportunity to explore a topic in a subfield of chemistry through directed research or independent study.

To complete the minor, students must pass two core courses, one course in organic chemistry, and two elective courses.

 

Course

 

Credits

Core

CHEM380

Engineering Chemistry

4

CHEM390

Engineering Chemistry II

4

Organic

CHEM410 OR

Basics of Organic and Biochemistry

4

CHEM450

Organic Chemistry

4

Elective Courses

CHEM250

Chemical Health and Safety

4

CHEM370

Independent Study in Chemistry

4

CHEM400

Environmental Chemistry

4

CHEM406

Special Topics in Chemistry

4

 

TOTAL CREDITS FOR MINOR

20

 

Physics

The physics minor gives students a stronger foundation in the physical sciences and gives the student the opportunity to work directly on the scientific method in a sub-field of physics of their choice in a collaborative, interdisciplinary research-based project.

To earn the minor, students must pass two core courses and two elective courses. One elective course must be a directed research course.

 

Course

 

Credits

Core

PHYS310

Engineering Physics

4

PHYS320

Engineering Physics II

4

Elective Courses

PHYS370

Independent Study in Physics*

4

PHYS406

Special Topics in Physics*

4

PHYS411

Modern Physics

4

 

TOTAL CREDITS FOR MINOR

16

*May satisfy the directed research requirement.