Interdisciplinary Major Programs - Environmental Science, Neuroscience


Major Program: Environmental Science

Degree Offered: Bachelor of Science

This program, sponsored by the departments of biology, chemistry, mathematics and computer science, and physics, is composed of designated and elective courses from those disciplines, and environmental science. The purpose of the program is to provide the broad background and understanding necessary for effective work on problems of the environment and careers in environmental science. Program coordinator: Dr. Helen Boylan (Chemistry).

Requirements: The environmental science major requires 64 semester hours, which includes 24 hours labeled ES/ENV; 12 hours in biology; eight hours in chemistry; eight hours in physics; four hours of statistics (MTH or BIO); and eight hours of electives.

BIO 201, 202, 203; CHE 117 and either CHE 180 or 261; MTH 135 or BIO 206; PHY 141 & 142, or PHY 151 & 152; ES 160, 230, 360, 601, 602; ENV 401; and four semester hours in a course numbered 560, 620, or 660. In addition, eight semester hours of electives are required. A grade of C- or better is required in all courses in the major.

Approved Electives: BIO 301, 361, 363, 461, 462, 463, 464, 520/521; CHE 261 or 180, CHE 262, 340, 375, 380; PHY 221; ES 250, 465, 624, 664; GEL 121; MTH 150, 152. Additional travel courses may also be approved for elective ES credit, but only one travel course may count toward the ES major.

Westminster participates in a cooperative program with Duquesne University where students may be eligible to enter the two-year Duquesne program leading to the master of science degree in environmental science and management after three years of undergraduate study at Westminster. The 3-2 Environmental Science Articulation Program with Duquesne University is currently under revision. Please contact Dr. Helen Boylan, chair, Environmental Science Committee, for details.



Major Program: Neuroscience

Degree Offered: Bachelor of Science

Neuroscience is a major program whose curriculum is composed of biology and psychology courses and additional courses in chemistry, physics, mathematics, philosophy and computer science depending upon a student’s particular interest. It is designed to provide the necessary scientific background for students interested in the biological basis of behavior and the relationship of neural and psychological processes. In addition to the core requirements, a flexible program of additional courses are planned during advisement centering around a student’s particular ambitions. Program coordinators: Dr. Alan G. Gittis (Psychology), Dr. Katherine Robertson (Biology).

Requirements: A student must complete 64 semester hours of required and recommended courses.

Required courses are BIO 201, 202, 303, 334 or 335/336, PSY 101, 201, 601, 602, and NS 341, 434, 631, 632, MTH 131 or 150,

Additionally students must make selections from the following courses (or approved alternatives):

  • BIO: 302, 304, 363 or approved elective
  • CHE: 117, 180, 261, 262, 380
  • CS: 151, 152, 271
  • NS: 560
  • PHI: 218
  • PHY: 141, 142, 151, 152
  • PSY: 261, 262, 281, 315, 351

Note: All students are required to present their theses during the Spring Semester of their senior year at a regional undergraduate research conference or appropriate professional conference.

Undergraduate Catalog

The entire undergraduate catalog can be accessed with the following link.
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