School of Natural Science and Mathematics
Department of Science Overview
Chair: Jennifer Staiger, Ph.D.
Professors: Danny G. Miles, Jr., Ph.D.
Associate Professors: Patricia Kreke, Ph.D.; Christine McCauslin, Ph.D.; Jeffrey Simmons, Ph.D.; Jennifer Staiger, Ph.D., Dana Pirone Ward, Ph.D.
Assistant Professors: Rosie Bolen, Ph.D.; Chris Bradley, Ph.D.; Kathryn Dye, Ph.D.
Lecturers: Sarah Brown, M.S., Andrea Solis, Ph.D.
Visiting Assistant Professors: Michael Turner, Ph.D.
The Department of Science aims to give students an understanding of fundamental concepts and techniques of study in their major fields. More important, we hope to instill in them a spirit of curiosity and habits of thinking objectively and analytically. We also strive to foster an awareness of the relation of the physical and biological sciences to the major problems facing individuals and society, and the need for an interdisciplinary approach to these problems.
Biology majors receive a thorough education in all forms of life, from microbes to plants to animals. Biological research is essential to solving major world problems involving human health, food production, population control and environmental degradation. In addition to the health professions, graduates are qualified for graduate study and employment in areas such as public health, medical technology, agriculture, physical therapy, biotechnology and toxicology and in many government laboratories.
Chemistry is the study of the properties and reactions of substances ranging from living cells to subatomic particles. It provides the fundamental knowledge and tools needed to address many of society's needs and to explore the unknown. In addition to the health professions, graduates are qualified for graduate study and for employment in the chemical, petroleum, plastics, metals and pharmaceutical industries, and in many government laboratories.
Academic Advising/ Declaring a Major
Students are assigned as advisees to faculty members in their major fields for counseling related to their general academic progress. In addition, one faculty member serves as health professions advisor to provide the specialized assistance needed by students interested in medicine, dentistry, nursing, medical technology and other allied health professions.
Although students can indicate to the dean's office as early as freshman year their intent of majoring in a particular discipline, students can delay declaring their majors until spring semester of their sophomore year.
The Declaration of Major Form is due in the dean's office by the end of April. This process is designed to emphasize to students the importance of the declaration of major process, and to provide them with an advisor from the department in which they intend to major.
A Note About Pre-Med Studies: Beginning in freshman year, biology, biochemistry and chemistry majors will work closely with the Mount's health professions advisor to ensure they're on the right track for medical school. And their track record is excellent. More than 90 percent of the Mount's qualified pre-med students are accepted into medical or dental schools including University of Wisconsin, Oxford University, University of Maryland and Wake Forest University.
The core curriculum at Mount St. Mary's University is called the Veritas Program. This program is designed to enable students to become informed heirs and active makers of their culture.
Students have access to many resources for career advice and support through the Career Center or from the student's academic advisors.