Director D. McHugh
Students may consider a natural science topical major if they wish to focus their studies in disciplinary or interdisciplinary areas not encompassed by approved majors. Students may complete a topical major in marine science — freshwater science or develop their own topical major. Requirements for the marine science — freshwater science topical major appear below.
Students pursing an individualized major must first discuss a possible program of study with an appropriate academic adviser, and then provide the division director with the proposed program and a rationale for this program no later than the student’s fifth term at Colgate.
The major comprises at least 10 courses that closely relate to a common theme and are complementary. Normally, eight courses must be major courses in departments within the Division of Natural Sciences and Mathematics. Five or more of these courses must be at the 300 or 400 level, and at least one must be a non-independent study, 400-level course in a science department. An overall GPA of at least 2.00 is required for the courses chosen to meet major requirements.
Honors and High Honors
Following consultation with his or her research/capstone adviser and the director of the Division of Natural Sciences and Mathematics, a student may be allowed to stand for honors in Natural Sciences following the regulations in the research/capstone adviser’s department or program. The awarding of honors will be decided by faculty members from all departments or programs involved in the student’s topical concentration in Natural Sciences and must be approved by the director of the Division of Natural Sciences and Mathematics.
Majors and MinorsMajor