Science - General Information

Historical Note

Since its establishment as a separate school of Manhattan College in 1993, the School of Science has maintained its traditional ties with the School of Liberal Arts while striving to assure the continuation of Manhattan’s tradition of excellence in Science education. This tradition is reflected in the success of Manhattan’s Science graduates and the position of Manhattan among a select number of colleges which are recognized as important sources of the nation’s professional scientists.


Undergraduate studies in the Sciences are most challenging but provide an almost unique opportunity to learn and develop problem-solving and analytical skills while gaining a deeper understanding and appreciation of physical laws and their applications. The choice of a Science major is based upon the individual’s interests, educational and career goals, and abilities. Majors may be chosen from several areas: biology, biochemistry, chemistry, computer science, environmental science, mathematics, and physics. Elective components of the major curricula provide the opportunity to explore other areas of interest, enhance knowledge in a specialized area of the major, or to construct minor sequences in other disciplines. Minors may be earned in all of the departments of the School of Science. At Manhattan, our Science curricula contain a strong core component in the Liberal Arts to provide a foundation for our graduates to contend with the humanistic and ethical issues they will face after graduation. Once a student is admitted to Manhattan College, all major, minor, and Core courses must be taken at Manhattan College. Certain non-resident courses, with the approval of the Dean and major department Chair, may be exceptions to this requirement. Under unusual circumstances, and with the approval of the Dean after consultation with the Chair of the student’s major department, courses may be taken at another College

School of Science Curriculum

Arts Core

LLRN 102Classical Origins: West Culture3
or PHIL 213 Introduction to Logic
HIST 150Roots: History3
ENGL 150Roots: Literature3
PHIL 150Roots: Philosophy3
MUSC 150Roots: Music3
or ART 150 Roots: Art
Two of the following social sciences:6
ECON 150Roots: Economics3
POSC 150Roots: Government3
SOC 150Roots: Sociology
PSYC 150Roots: Psychology
RELS (three courses) ++9
College Writing (ENGL 110)3
MLL *6

Honor Societies and Research Opportunities

A number of national honor societies have been established on campus in order to encourage and recognize the achievements of Manhattan College students.

Phi Beta Kappa, founded in 1776, is dedicated to the idea of excellence in the liberal arts and sciences. The Manhattan College chapter, the Upsilon of New York was established in 1971. Election to Phi Beta Kappa is generally regarded as a mark of the highest distinction.

Sigma Xi is a national honor society founded in 1896 to encourage research in the sciences. Students are elected to membership on the basis of their accomplishments in research and their enthusiasm for continued scientific investigation.

Departments of the School of Science sponsor local chapters of national honor societies in their disciplines; Beta Beta Beta (Biology), Gamma Sigma Epsilon (Chemistry), Pi Mu Epsilon (Mathematics), Sigma Pi Sigma (Physics).

The Science faculty are dedicated to encouraging student research efforts. Manhattan’s small classes and close student-faculty interactions generate an atmosphere which has produced many important student-faculty research collaborations.

Professional and Career Development

Prelegal Advisory Committee

Students interested in entering law school may receive information and guidance through the Prelegal Advisory Committee. In addition to personal interviews, the Committee conducts group meetings to advise students on specialized fields of law. The Committee makes information available on requirements for admission to law schools, the availability of scholarships, and special opportunities in the legal profession

Health Professions Advisory Committee

The Health Professions Advisory Committee is a body of faculty members who give guidance to students interested in preparing for careers in medicine, dentistry, and allied fields. Students are advised of the requirements established by the Association of American Medical Colleges, the American Dental Association, and other professional associations in the health field.

Preparation for Medicine and Dentistry

Students preparing for professional school admission may major in any discipline in the College. Their preparation must include, at a minimum, the following courses.

BIOL 111
BIOL 112
General Biology I
and General Biology II
BIOL 113
BIOL 114
General Biology Laboratory I
and General Biology Laboratory II
CHEM 101
CHEM 102
General Chemistry I
and General Chemistry II
CHEM 319
CHEM 320
Organic Chemistry I
and Organic Chemistry II
CHEM 323
CHEM 324
Organic Chemistry Laboratory I
and Organic Chemistry Laboratory II
ENGL 110First Year Composition3
MATH 185
MATH 186
Calculus I
and Calculus II
or MATH 155
MATH 156
Calculus for the Life Sciences I
and Calculus for the Life Sciences II
PHYS 101
PHYS 102
Physics I
and Physics II
PHYS 191
PHYS 192
Physics I Lab
and Physics II Lab
or PHYS 197
PHYS 198
Introduction to Physics I Lab
and Introduction to Physics II Lab

At least one course each in Biochemistry, Psychology, and Sociology are highly recommended by all medical schools.   Pre-professional students are expected to maintain an average of at least B in their science courses.

Alpha Epsilon Delta, the Health Preprofessional Honor Society

Alpha Epsilon Delta is dedicated to the encouragement and excellence in preprofessional health scholarship.  A minimum overall average GPA of 3.2 and a Mathematics and Science GPA of 3.2 are required.  Students may join after their third semester on campus.

Co-operatives with Professional Schools

New York Chiropractic College

Manhattan College and the New York Chiropractic College (NYCC) sponsor a Joint Degree Affiliation Agreement. While enrolled at Manhattan College, students will complete all prerequisite course work for entrance into the NYCC professional program, with a cumulative GPA of 3.25 and individual grades of C or higher in all science courses required for entrance into NYCC, and will complete Manhattan College’s general requirements. Students will complete all additional course work which can be used, in addition to the above, to place joint degree students in proper position to complete their Manhattan College degree requirements upon completion of the first year (three trimesters) of professional study at NYCC. The acceptance of credits via transfer or testing toward completion of degree requirements shall be governed by current policies of Manhattan College. However, no more than 20 credits of required courses, and none of the science credits required for admission to NYCC, may be earned via examination. This is a requirement of the Council on Chiropractic Education (CCE). New York Chiropractic College shall accept, for the entrance date of their choice, all students who successfully complete the Pre-Chiropractic Program with a cumulative GPA of 3.25 or higher and meet all other criteria for admission. Students who earn less than a 3.25 GPA, but at least a 2.25 GPA, will be eligible for admission to NYCC, and will receive appropriate consideration in the admission process for having completed the Manhattan College Pre-Chiropractic program, but will not receive the assurance of a seat reserved for students earning a 3.25 or higher GPA.

Students will make application to NYCC one year in advance of their desired entrance date and will complete all required application procedures thereafter in a timely manner, including submission of recommendations and a satisfactory review. Students enrolled in the “3+1” program who successfully complete all course work in the first three trimesters at New York Chiropractic College with C’s or better will be granted the Bachelor of Science degree from Manhattan College, provided they have met all other graduation requirements.

New York College of Podiatric Medicine

Manhattan College and the New York College of Podiatric Medicine (NYCPM) sponsor a joint articulation program in podiatric education. (Interested students must apply early in the fall semester of junior year and must take the MCAT no later than April of their junior year.) An overall undergraduate GPA of 3.0 at Manhattan College and official MCAT score at least equal to NYCPM’s current minimum is required. The curriculum of the combined B.S./D.P.M. program requires the completion of at least 90 credits at Manhattan College. The student enrolled at NYCPM requesting transfer credits must complete each first-year course with a grade of “B” or higher in order to be awarded a bachelors degree by Manhattan College. The D.P.M. degree will be awarded upon completion of the seventh year of study at NYCPM. Final admission to the program resides with the Admissions Office of the NYCPM.


SCI 100. Science Orientation Seminar. 1 Credit.

Science Orientation Seminar is a one credit seminar course for all freshmen to the School of Science. Topics include: preparation for a career in science, development of professional skills, conversations with external speakers, and use of technical resources across campus.

SCI 101. Science Orientation Seminar II. 1 Credit.

Science Orientation Seminar II is a one-credit seminar course for all freshmen in the School of Science. Topics include: major-specific preparation for a career in science, development of professional skills, conversations with external speakers, and use of technical resources across campus.

SCI 105. Introduction to Pre-Health Studies. 1 Credit.

Introduction to Pre-Health Studies is a one-credit seminar course for students interested in applying to post-graduate student in health professions schools. It will cover a range of topics related to health careers, feature external speakers, and develop professional skills.

SCI 201. Introduction Astronomy. 3 Credits.

Fundamental properties of radiation. Astronomical measurements. The motions of the sun and the planets. Stellar evolution. Stellar clusters and galaxies. Two lectures and one two-hour lab per week.

SCI 202. Introduction Geology. 3 Credits.

The basic feature of the earth's crust; the internal and external processes affecting it; its historical evolution. Two lectures and one two-hour lab per week.

SCI 203. Topics in Science I. 3 Credits.

Topics chosen from chemistry and the allied physical sciences to illustrate the principles, history, and philosophy of science and its impact on everyday life. Topics include air and water environment, solid waste disposal, fossil fuels, synfuels, and nuclear energy. Two lectures and one two-hour lab per week.

SCI 204. Topics in Science II. 3 Credits.

Topics chosen from chemistry and the allied life sciences to illustrate the principles, history, and philosophy of science and its impact on everyday life. Topics include the genetic code, biotechnology, food production, food and health, and drugs. Two lectures and one two-hour lab per week.

SCI 205. Lasers, Light, and Optical Devices. 3 Credits.

The basic principles of light and color. Simple optical systems; lenses, mirrors, prisms. Natural phenomena; human eye, rainbows, sunset and ocean colors. Cameras (traditional, digital), televisions (CRT, LCD, plasma). VCR's, DVD's. Two lectures and one two hour laboratory per week.

SCI 210. Introductory Oceanography. 3 Credits.

A study of the seafloor and air-ocean interactions. Using the results of the latest technology students will gain an appreciation of this vast and unexplored region of the planet. Two-hour lecture and two-hour lab per week.

SCI 221. Introduction Meteorology. 3 Credits.

The science and prediction of weather including the atmosphere, storms, greenhouse effect, heat, radiation, air pollution, climate and climate changes. Two lectures and one two-hour lab per week.

SCI 230. Great Ideas in Physics. 3 Credits.

A study of the development of scientific thought. The contributions of Aristotle, Copernicus, Newton, Joule, Thompson (Lord Kelvin), Einstein, Bohr, Heisenberg, Gell-Mann. Emphasis is put on those theories which changes the basic assumptions of science. Two lectures, one two-hour lab period per week.

SCI 231. Chemistry in the Modern World. 3 Credits.

A brief course in fundamental principles and applications of chemistry to the living world. Two lectures and one two-hour lab per week.

SCI 232. Biol in the Modern World. 3 Credits.

A basic study of the principles and applications of biology in contemporary life. Two lectures and one two-hour laboratory period.

SCI 240. Fundamentals of Science I. 3 Credits.

Introduction to scientific fundamentals. Two lectures and one two hour lab per week. Prerequisite: EDUC 205.

SCI 241. Fundamentals of Life Science. 3 Credits.

Introduction to life science fundamentals. Prerequisite: SCI 240.

SCI 242. Fundamentals of Physical Science. 3 Credits.

Introduction to physical science fundamentals. Prerequisite: SCI 240. Education students who must meet the earth science requirement take Introductory Astronomy 201 and Introductory Geology 202.

SCI 301. Earth Science for Engineers. 3 Credits.

An overview of the origin of the Earth, its major processes (movement of continents, opening of oceans and mountain building) common minerals and rock types, geologic structures and landscape development, and the ways in which they all interact. The course presents a quantitative treatment of the Earths internal constituents, forces and near surface geological processes. Includes one field trip. Two hours of lecture and two hours of lab per week. Prerequisites: CHEM 101 and PHYS 101 or permission of Chair.

SCI 321. Astronomy. 3 Credits.

An intermediate level overview of the solar system and the physical properties of stars, stellar evolution, galaxies and the universe at large.

SCI 323. Topics in Applied Conservation. 3 Credits.

Detailed studies of selected aspects of resource conservation. Conservation and natural resource management problems at different geographic scales of analysis from the global, regional and local levels will be examined through a number of case studies. Two lectures and one two-hour lab per week.

SCI 375. Pre-Health Professions Internship. 3 Credits.

Pre-Health Professions Internship provides an opportunity to students to have their off campus Pre-Health experiences recorded on their transcript. This course will fulfill one academic requirement of the Pre-Health Professions Concentration.

SCI 495. Research in Sci&Math. 0 Credits.

This course offers opportunities to students to participate in research with their faculty advisor in any of the science majors offered in the School of Science (Biochemistry, Biology, Chemistry, Computer Science, Environmental Science, Mathematics, and Physics). Although the credit is 0 hours, the actual engagement can be of any duration. (Cr. 0) Grading system: P/F. Prerequisite: Consent of the instructor.

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