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Science & Mathematics MARYGROVE COLLEGE

WHAT SHOULD I KNOW ABOUT ATTENDING MARYGROVE COLLEGE? At Marygrove, we take our academics very seriously. We believe that a wellrounded student is much better prepared to handle all of life’s challenges, as well as enjoy all of life’s rewards. We are dedicated to instilling into our students a solid foundation of knowledge from across a broad spectrum of subjects and disciplines. YOU WON’T GET LOST IN THE CROWD All Marygrove classes are taught by faculty members (not teaching assistants), and our average class size is only 15 students. TOP-NOTCH FACULTY AND METHODS Marygrove teachers are as diverse as our student body, coming from some of the world’s best universities. They come with PhDs and Master’s Degrees, and many are


leaders in their respective fields. All are a part of the tight-knit Marygrove community, where they can challenge and be challenged by the next generation of leaders. Using a “hands on” teaching approach, students are placed in a real-world learning environment as soon as possible. For example, an environmental science student might manage a Detroit River project. This real-world immersion is the perfect balance to Marygrove’s small, family-like campus. ASSISTANCE AFTER YOU GRADUATE Once you graduate, our commitment to you and your dreams does not end. Our many career placement programs and dedicated staff will help you find that perfect career opportunity.

SCIENCE & MATHEMATICS MISSION STATEMENT The Science and Mathematics Department educates students to become competent graduates who are mathematically, scientifically and technologically literate and who possess appropriate knowledge, skills and dispositions to fulfill their potential as citizens of the 21st century. Graduates will understand and appreciate the role of science, mathematics and technology in addressing the critical questions of our world.

PROGRAMS OFFERED IN SCIENCE & MATHEMATICS Contact: Teri Miller Administrative Assistant 313.927.1333

BIOLOGY > Biology Major (B.S.) > Biology Minor > Secondary Teacher Certification CHEMISTRY > Chemistry Major (B.A.) > Chemistry Minor ENVIRONMENTAL STUDIES > Environmental Studies Major (B.A.) > Certificate in Environmental Science

FORENSIC SCIENCE > Forensic Science Major (B.S.) > Certificate in Forensic Science HEALTH SCIENCE > Health Science Major (B.S.) > Associate of Science in Health Science INTEGRATED SCIENCE > Integrated Science Group Major (B.S.) > Elementary Teacher Certification

MATHEMATICS > Mathematics Major (B.S.) > Mathematics Major (B.A.) > Mathematics Major for Elementary Teaching (B.A.) > Mathematics Minor > Mathematics Minor for Elementary Teaching > Elementary and Secondary Teacher Certification

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biology CAREERS IN BIOLOGY Dentist Ecologist Educator Environmentalist Food Scientist Lab Technician Nurse

Paramedic Pharmacist Physician Physical Therapist Research Scientist Sales Representative Science Journalist

chemistry CAREERS IN CHEMISTRY Analytical Chemist

Material Chemist

Clinical Chemist

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Pharmaceutical Chemist

Educator Engineer


Environmental Chemist

Research Scientist

environmental studies CAREERS IN ENVIRONMENTAL STUDIES Environmental Biologist Environmental Chemist Environmental Lawyer Field Technician Hazardous Waste Manager

Lab Technician Pollution Inspector Professor Refuse Manager Risk Assessor Writer

forensic science CAREERS IN FORENSIC SCIENCE Biologist Criminologist Doctor Educator Environmental Lawyer Field Technician Government Agent

Lab Technician Odontologist Pathologist Physical Anthropologist Toxicologist Writer

The Bachelor of Science degree program with a major in biology is designed to provide students with a broad-based biology curriculum. One of the major goals of the Biology Department is to educate the next generation of life scientists to meet the challenges of medicine, biological and environmental research, and education. Core biology courses establish fundamental knowledge in biological and related sciences. Students build on this foundation through a variety of lecture, laboratory, field and seminar courses that explore areas within biology. The courses provide the groundwork upon which the student may build a graduate program, undertake training in health-related professions, or prepare for secondary-level science teaching. The biology minor provides you with the knowledge and skills to complement your major area of study while expanding career options such as teaching, law, scientific communication, or business.

The Chemistry Department has three major goals: (1) to provide a strong chemistry major within a liberal arts framework for those entering the profession of chemistry or preparing for graduate work; (2) to provide cognate backgrounds in chemistry for biology majors, pre-medical and dental students, medical technologists, dietitians, science educators and others who may require chemistry; (3) to provide non-science majors with sufficient background to understand advances in technology, environmental implications of new laws, drug problems and health advances. The Bachelor of Arts with a major in chemistry is designed for students who want a career as a professional chemist and for occupations that require a moderate training in chemistry combined with training in one or more other areas. The Chemistry minor provides you with the skills and theory needed for an entry-level position as a chemical technician. It will prepare you to teach at the secondary level.

The challenge of maintaining and creating a sustainable environment is one of the most pressing problems facing our society and world today. The Environmental Studies program draws information, ideas and concepts from the natural sciences and social sciences to deal with complex and interdisciplinary environmental issues. The program is based upon the recognition that environmental and resource problems are not just biological, geological, economic, or political but a complex combination of many disciplines. Therefore, this program is structured as an interdisciplinary study of natural and social sciences to combine knowledge across traditional disciplinary lines. This information is essential for an interdisciplinary assessment, analysis and evaluation of environmental problems

The Forensic Science Department has three major objectives: (1) to provide a strong interdisciplinary forensic science major within a liberal arts framework for those entering forensic-related jobs in industry or the government or preparing for graduate work; (2) to provide cognate backgrounds in chemistry, biology, math and physics for others who may require this major; (3) to provide non-science majors with sufficient background to understand advances in technology and an ability to apply scientific knowledge to solve real-life problems. The Bachelor of Science with a major in forensic science is designed for students who want a career in forensic laboratories in police departments, district attorney’s offices, regional and state agencies, DEA, ATF, FBI, USPS, SS, CIA and United States Fish and Wildlife Services, medical examiners offices, private companies, and for occupations that require moderate training in chemistry combined with training in one or more other areas.

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If you have a passion for science and helping others, a career in health sciences could be for you. The Bachelor of Science degree program with a major in Health Science is designed to provide the student with a broad-based science curriculum with interdisciplinary components for those students seeking employment in a health-related field. Graduates will be prepared to enter the workplace, receive additional career-specific training, or pursue a graduate or doctoral degree if desired. As a pre-professional program, the B.S. Health Sciences is designed to provide the foundational degree for those wishing to pursue graduate education in the health sciences, health professions, or health care administration. For those students who do not wish to go on to graduate study, opportunities exist for positions in the biological or heath sciences, or administration. The Bachelor of Science degree program with an interdisciplinary major in Health Science is designed to provide you with a broad-based science curriculum. Program course requirements span across biology, chemistry, mathematics, psychology, philosophy and nursing.

integrated science CAREERS IN INTEGRATED SCIENCE Elementary School Teacher Middle School Teacher Science Curriculum Consultant Writer

mathematics CAREERS IN MATHEMATICS Actuary Applied Mathematician Computer Programmer Educator Engineer Statistician Systems Analyst

The Bachelor of Science degree program with a major in Integrated Science is designed to provide the student with a broad-based science curriculum with interdisciplinary components for those candidates seeking certification to teach at the elementary and/or middle school level. Requirements include 50 credit hours divided among biology, chemistry, earth science, space science and interdisciplinary science. The Integrated Science Program coursework emphasizes “the learning of science through investigation and inquiry”, as called for by the National Science Education Standards. The rationale of the new curriculum design is that our graduates will model their teaching based on how they were taught. The new sequence of courses will provide students with a broad science background as well as an in-depth understanding of effective and innovative practices in teaching science. The courses and experiences in the Integrated Science program are organized to develop an understanding of structures, skills, core concepts, ideas, values, facts, methods of inquiry and uses of technology needed by today’s teachers. The curriculum is designed such that the candidate first gains a broad base of content knowledge and laboratory skills in each of the major scientific disciplines; then the student learns how to integrate content within the sciences as well as throughout non-science disciplines.

Mathematics is empowering, especially in today’s world. Think about it: Aspects of both the natural world and the man-made world can often be described, analyzed, and even predicted with mathematics. The use of probability and statistics helps us model and predict the stock market, weather patterns, and biological phenomena. The study of calculus and rates of change forms the basis of tackling many engineering projects. The internet, computer networks, and social networks like Facebook can all be modeled with a relatively new branch of discrete mathematics called graph theory. One may also focus on pure mathematics, the study of mathematical theory for its own sake and beauty. The teaching of mathematics is another vital application, both for our region and for the world. The average American’s understanding of mathematics seems to continually lag behind the world’s demand for a high degree of mathematical competence. As a mathematics teacher, you can help satisfy the world’s need for good mathematicians while enjoying a rewarding career in education. Whether you are interested in tackling problems related to population growth, health insurance, natural resources, education, business, climate change, or the nuclear industry – mathematics is an essential element. The B.S. or B.A. degree with a major in mathematics prepares you to take on today’s problems. The B.A. degree with a major in mathematics for elementary teaching prepares you to be a leader in mathematics curriculum and mathematics teaching in elementary schools. The major programs all include a senior seminar element, which allows you to explore a mathematical topic of your choice. The programs are designed for day and/or evening students.


Bring your education to life with new learning opportunities We provide a highly visible program of 21st century science and mathematics, engaging students in the interdisciplinary, investigative, interactive, and innovative learning necessary to train the next generation of scientists, physicians, teachers, and mathematicians. RESEARCH INFUSED LEARNING Students have opportunities for both on- and off-campus research experiences in science. Hands-on projects are an integral part of the courses throughout the program of study. In addition, students design and conduct their own research projects with faculty mentors. Upon completion of the major, students will have a well-rounded knowledge in science as well as an understanding of the way to use scientific methodology to solve problems.

OUTDOOR LIVING LABORATORIES The Metro Detroit area offers valuable, collaborative opportunities for scientific research outside the walls of Marygrove College. In addition, the Science and Mathematics Department has unique opportunities to conduct environmental and ecological field research on wetlands and various ecosystems along the River Raisin in Monroe, Michigan. FINDING A SERVICE LEARNING OR INTERNSHIP OPPORTUNITY THAT’S RIGHT FOR YOU Many opportunities for internships and volunteer activities are available in fields related to Science and Mathematics due to our urban location. By infusing student research and service learning opportunities throughout the science and mathematics curriculum in their day-to-day work, students: • ask themselves questions • assimilate information from interactions with others • devise explanations • design experiments • identify potential sources of experimental error • perform observations • effectively communicate their findings, and • are connected to the world beyond campus. People who expect to be competitive in the job market need a strong base of scientific knowledge and of reasoning, communication, and learning skills to enable them to move in any direction. Simply stated – Marygrove College is providing science and mathematics majors and non-majors alike with hands-on experiences and knowledge to succeed in a vast majority of careers.

“ I am very thankful for my Marygrove education and actually consider it a privilege to have earned my science degree from Marygrove. The close-knit environment, particularly within the science department, not only encourages academic growth but also fosters a sense of camaraderie in a way that I believe is unique in the undergraduate experience.” CHEVON BLALOCK Marygrove Alumnus B.A., CHEMISTRY

STUDY ABROAD Studying, volunteering and interning abroad are dynamic experiences that actively challenge one’s thoughts and views, prompt academic and personal growth in each participant – and change lives. Students are encouraged to explore all their study abroad opportunities early. They may start by: > visiting (enter search “why study abroad”);

> v isiting the Office of Study Abroad (Madame Cadillac Building, Room 358);

> c alling Michelle Cade at (313) 927-1485.

FINANCIAL AID TIP Did you know that few students actually pay the entire amount of their education? Nearly 90% of our students receive financial aid, with 80% of these students receiving scholarships and grants directly from Marygrove College. Learn more about current financial opportunities by visiting the Marygrove College web site at:

Science and Mathematics at Marygrove College  

Science and Mathematics at Marygrove College