2019-2020 University Catalog 
    Jun 22, 2024  
2019-2020 University Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Division of Natural Sciences and Mathematics

Director E. Nolen

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 under Natural Science.

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.

The Division of Arts and Humanities houses the departments/programs listed below:


Go to information for Biology.


Go to information for Chemistry.

Computer Science

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Go to information for Geology.


Go to information for Mathematics.

Natural Sciences

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Physics and Astronomy

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Go to information for Neuroscience.

Psychological and Brain Sciences

Go to information for Psychological and Brain Sciences.