Department of Natural and Social Sciences

Welcome to the Department of Natural and Social Sciences at Bowling Green State University - Firelands College. The Department is comprised of faculty from the disciplines of the Natural Sciences, Social Sciences and Mathematics.

Mission

In addition to the goals set forth in the Firelands College Governance Document and the Bowling Green State University Academic Charter, the Department of Natural and Social Sciences has these specific goals:

  • To provide courses of instruction which are academically challenging and rewarding for Firelands College students and which articulate both in objectives and in credit hours with the Bowling Green State University curriculum.
  • To provide a program of courses which will offer Firelands College students at least two (2) years of a prebaccalaureate program in the disciplines of the department.  Scheduling of the individual disciplines will be planned so as to provide, as nearly as possible, one-half of the courses for the major.
  • To provide a program of courses which will offer Firelands College students the Associate of Arts, Associate of Applied Science, and Associate of Science degrees in two (2) years, and to generate and maintain appropriate Associate degree programs.
  • To offer service and enrichment courses for students in non-departmental programs and for non-degree students.
  • To aid students in special academic endeavors by actively supporting independent and interdisciplinary offerings.
  • To establish and maintain for each academic area, library holdings, classroom resources, and laboratory facilities adequate to support student research and courses offered through the department.
  • To encourage professional growth among department members and to support means by which research efforts, teaching excellence, and personal development are promoted.
  • To serve the University, College, and local community in ways which utilize personal and professional strengths and expertise of the members of the department.

The Department of Natural and Social Sciences is responsible for programs which lead to the following degrees.

  • Associate of Arts
  • Associate of Science
  • Associate of Applied Science in Human Services
  • Associate of Applied Science in Criminal Justice

Associate of Arts:

The Associate of Arts degree program is designed to prepare students for the following bachelor's degrees at BGSU, or for similar degrees at other colleges and universities:

Associate of Science:

The Associate of Science degree program is designed to prepare students for the following bachelor's degrees at BGSU, or for similar degrees at other colleges and universities:

Bachelor of ScienceBachelor of Science in
Nursing
Bachelor of
Applied Health Science
Bachelor of Science in Technology
Bachelor of Science in
Environmental Health
Bachelor of Science in
Dietetics

A candidate for the Associate of Science degree must earn a minimum of 62 semester hours, with at least 15 hours earned in residence.  Additionally, a candidate must satisfy the general requirements for an associate degree as specified in the BGSU Undergraduate Catalog.

Associate of Applied Science in Human Services:

The Human Services program prepares students for employment as paraprofessionals in social and human service agencies.  It also provides a means for those currently employed in these agencies to improve their proficiencies and move toward promotion.  The program combines academic courses and supervised field experiences, and may be applied toward several bachelor's degree programs offered by BGSU's College of Health and Human Services.

Associate of Applied Science in Criminal Justice:

The Criminal Justice program focuses principally on the administrative and theoretical aspects of communication processes, ethnic relations, public administration, procedural justice, criminology, abnormal psychology, statistics, and professional ethics.  It is not oriented toward technical training, but is a logical sequence of further education for someone trained in police science.

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