The Core Curriculum - Science
The science component of the Core is designed to provide all students with an introduction to some of the most exciting developments in contemporary science while inculcating an appreciation for scientific habits of mind—basic quantitative reasoning skills essential for life as an informed citizen. This is accomplished through the Core course Frontiers of Science, followed by two semesters in specific disciplines that allow exploration of one or more sciences in greater depth.
What is required?
The science Core course, Frontiers of Science (SCNC1000), plus two one-semester courses from an approved course list. These courses may be taken in the same or in different departments. However, at least one course must be taken in Astronomy; Biological Sciences; Chemistry; Earth and Environmental Sciences; Ecology, Evolution, and Environmental Biology; Physics; or Psychology.
Frontiers of Science in the first year. Additional courses at any time.
Can I test out?
Students may not use Barnard College courses to fulfill the science requirement unless otherwise noted.
The following professors are available to answer the questions of students who are interested in the sciences, are considering a major or concentration in one of the following departments, have questions about courses offered in the sciences, or wonder where a degree in science can lead after graduation.
Prof. Frits Paerels
Prof. Deborah Mowshowitz
Prof. James Valentini
Dr. Vesna Gasperov
Prof. Adam Cannon
Earth and Environmental Sciences
Prof. Walter Pitman
Prof. Nicholas Christie-Blick
Ecology, Evolution, and Environmental Biology
Prof. Matthew Palmer (Enviro Biol)
Prof. Jill Shapiro (Evolutionary Biol)
Prof. Robert Friedman