2016-2017 Academic Catalog: Department of Sciences

James G. O' Brien, Ph.D., Chair
Department of Sciences
Ira Allen Room 317
617-989-4426

Department Mission & 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.

3 required courses

  • BIOL1100, Cell and Molecular Biology
  • COMP3672, Introduction to Bioinformatics
  • COMP3673, Introduction to Biostatistics

Choose 2 elective courses

  • BIOL1500, Introduction to Medical Biotechnology
  • CHEM2000, Basics of Organic and Biochemistry
  • CHEM2200, Proteins, Medicine and Disease
  • Plus designated BIOL3800, Special Topics in Biology when offered as minor electives
  • 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.

2 required courses

  • BIOL1100, Cell and Molecular Biology
  • BIOL1700, Anatomy and Physiology I

Choose 2 elective courses

  • BIOL1750, Anatomy and Physiology II
  • Plus designated BIOL2990, Independent Study in Biology, when offered as minor electives *
  • Plus designated BIOL3800, Special Topics in Biology, when offered as minor electives *

*May fulfill the directed research requirement. Please check with the instructor and/or department chair.

Total credits for minor 16

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.

3 required courses

  • CHEM1100, Engineering Chemistry
  • CHEM1600, Engineering Chemistry II
  • CHEM2000/CHEM2500, Basics of Organic and Biochemistry OR Organic Chemistry

Choose 2 elective courses

  • CHEM2990, Independent Study in Chemistry
  • CHEM4000, Environmental Chemistry

Plus designated CHEM3800, Special Topics in Chemistry, when offered as minor electives

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.

2 required courses

  • PHYS1250, Engineering Physics
  • PHYS1750, Engineering Physics I

Choose 2 elective courses

  • PHYS2500, Modern Physics
  • Plus designated PHYS2990, Independent Study in Physics, when offered as minor electives *
  • Plus designated PHYS3800, Special Topics in Physics, when offered as minor electives *

*May satisfy the directed research requirement.  Please check with the instructor and/or department chair.

Total Minor Credits: 16