The Department of Science and Mathematics exists to provide Biology, Chemistry, Natural Science, Physics, and Mathematics courses that introduce students to the tremendous complexity and diversity found in all living things, and to the elements of the physical world in which they live. The Department strives to enhance each student’s appreciation for God’s wisdom in His works of creation and in the function of the biological and physical world. It also encourages an awareness of humanity’s relationship with all creation, and the need for the responsible stewardship of natural resources. In Mathematics courses, the Department seeks to increase the quantitative skills of students, to train them to think logically in preparation for other courses and situations in which mathematics occurs, and to increase their confidence in their ability to do mathematics.
The Department of Science offers majors in Integrated Science, Health Sciences (with tracks in pre-pharmacy and pre-physical Therapy), Biology, and Biology Education. Also, Biology, Chemistry, Natural Science, and Physics courses meet general education core requirements for all degrees at Rochester College. General Science, Pre-Med, and Pre-Physician Assistant concentrations are available to students majoring in Interdisciplinary Studies. A General Science, Biology, Biology Education, or Chemistry minor may be combined with any academic major.
The following options are available for students who are interested in studying mathematics at Rochester College. Students may certify to teach mathematics at the elementary or secondary level. Students may also pursue a BS degree in interdisciplinary studies and select mathematics as a concentration. This option allows students to study mathematics and a second academic field such as behavioral science, business, communication, history, or music. Students may pursue a Bachelor’s degree through another department and select mathematics as a minor.
Graduates with a background in science may play essential roles in several science-related fields such as education, medicine, pharmacy, veterinary science, engineering, environmental biology, environmental science, and other scientific fields.
Many careers require analytical and critical thinking skills taught in mathematics. The importance of mathematics in many academic and professional fields means that many professionals must utilize mathematical skills on a regular basis. With a background in mathematics, students may pursue a wide range of career options in such fields as business, government service, industry, and teaching. Students may also choose to continue their studies with graduate work in such fields as computer science, economics, mathematics, or statistics.