Director R. Geier
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 can be found on the Natural Sciences Topical Major in Marine - Freshwater Science page.
Students pursuing an individualized topical 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. Requirements can be found on the Natural Sciences Topical Major page.
All courses in the Division of Natural Sciences and Mathematics count towards the Natural Sciences and Mathematics area of inquiry requirement, unless otherwise noted in the course description.
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.
The Division of Natural Sciences and Mathematics offers three majors and houses the departments/programs listed below: