Frequently Asked Questions

About the interdisciplinary Conceptual Foundations of Science minor

Q: Can the minor count as required work outside of the major field of study?
A:
Yes, it fulfills the college requirement for required work outside of the major field of study.

Q: Can I “double-dip” so that the courses for the major also count for the Conceptual Foundations of Science minor?
A:
No. You may, however, count courses taken for distribution requirements outside the major toward the requirements for the minor.

Q: How do I plan for a Conceptual Foundations of Science minor?
A:
 Take the designated gateway course designed for sophomores before you can declare your this minor. Once you have completed the gateway course, you may choose the three remaining courses toward the minor in consultation with either of the co-chairs of the committee

Q: I am not a sophomore. May I take the gateway course?
A
: In some cases, juniors or first-year students may take the gateway course with permission of the course instructor(s).

Q: What is the difference between Conceptual Foundations of Science minor and other requirements outside the major, such as a departmental minor or the Nexus?
A:
This minor is not attached to one specific department or interdisciplinary program. Rather, it enables students to explore this theme from a variety of perspectives across the disciplines. It requires a sophomore gateway course, but does not require an experiential component, such as an internship or research project.

Q. Can I list this minor on my transcript in addition to a double major and/or other work outside the major, such as a Five College Certificate or a Nexus?
A:
No. You can only list a maximum of two areas of concentration on your transcript. You may opt for the minor in addition to a double major or other work outside the major, but remember that it will not be listed on your transcript, unless you choose to do so in place of one of your majors or the other work outside the major.