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Catalog 2002-2003
School of Theoretical and Applied Science

Contact - (201) 684-7734

Eric Karlin, Dean
Kwesi Aggrey
Abigail Amissah-Arthur
Philip M. Anderson
Eta Rena Bacon
Paramjeet Bagga
Gordon Bear
Annette Benedict
Marion S. Berger
Grace Borowitz - Professor Emeritus
Daniela Buna
Joseph Cataliotti
Leonard Ciaccio, Professor Emeritus
Angela C. Cristini
Joseph Dallon, Jr.
Lawrence D’Antonio
Isabella Drew
Arthur M. Felix
Gary Fisk
Carol Frishberg
Maxim J. Goldberg-Rugolev
Teodoro Halpern, Professor Emeritus
Marshall Harth
Howard Horowitz
Roger N. Johnson
Amruth Kumar
Bernard Langer
Richard Lowell
William Makofske
Robert Mentore
Victor J. Miller
William Mitchell
Rodney Jack Roth, Professor Emeritus
Edward I. Saiff
Theodore Sall, Professor Emeritus
Trent Schroyer
Mary Shiffman
Robert J. Shine
Giovanni Viglino
Elaine B. Winshell, Professor Emeritus

Allied Health Technologies
Clinical Laboratory Science
Computer Science

Environmental Science
Environmental Studies

Computer Science
Environmental Studies

Science, Technology, and Society
Substance Abuse

About the School

The School of Theoretical and Applied Science (TAS) offers an interdisciplinary approach to the sciences. Without the restricting boundaries of traditional science departments, TAS faculty creatively interact across disciplines on a day to day basis. An ecologist and physicist create a book titled "Technology and Global Environmental Issues"; a biologist and a computer scientist develop one of the first undergraduate programs in the exciting new field of bioinformatics; mathematicians work with biologists, chemists, and physicists to craft a sequence of integrated math/science courses for elementary education students; and an Institute of Environmental Studies is envisioned, realized, and vibrantly active for over 15 years. Such interdisciplinarity is the norm for TAS, not the exception.

The school offers 13 majors: Allied Health Technologies (jointly offered with the University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey – UMDNJ), Biochemistry, Bioinformatics, Biology, Chemistry, Clinical Laboratory Science (jointly offered with UMDNJ), Computer Science, Environmental Science, Environmental Studies, Mathematics, Nursing (jointly offered with UMDNJ and Englewood Hospital), Physics, and Psychology. Minors are available in Biology, Chemistry, Computer Science, Environmental Studies, Physics, and Substance Abuse. Two graduate programs are associated with TAS: Master of Science in Educational Technology and Master of Science in Nursing - Education Track (jointly offered with UMDNJ). In addition, TAS co-sponsors combined BS/graduate degrees in conjunction with the several science departments of Rutgers University, New Brunswick. Further descriptions of these programs appear in the Majors section of this Catalog.

TAS’s resources include a diverse array of modern, well-equipped teaching laboratories. Entry-level laboratories in biology, chemistry, and physics are computerized, allowing students to gain lab based computing skills at the very beginning of their college career. In addition, TAS has several dedicated computer laboratories, including one for Geographical Information Systems (GIS). Plans for an innovative Environmental Center (which will house a lecture room and a laboratory) are well underway. The toilets to be installed in this "green" building are expected to be of the waterless (composting) variety and energy needs of the building will be generated in part by photovoltaic panels and wind machines.

TAS faculty members excel at teaching and are also internationally recognized for their scholarship and participation in scientific organizations. Many have received awards, fellowships, and grants from private, international, and government agencies including the American Chemical Society, Fulbright Foundation, Guggenheim Foundation, National Institute of Health NIH), National Oceanographic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), National Science Foundation NSF), New Jersey Commission on Higher Education, New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection, and the US Department of Education. Many faculty have research programs that actively involve students, and in many cases the students co-present the findings of this research at conferences and/or in published papers. A number of TAS faculty are active participants in Ramapo’s Study Abroad program, and offer courses in Costa Rica (Tropical Ecosystems), Jamaica (Tropical Botany), and the western United States (The American West).

All TAS students supplement their major with a six-credit School Core requirement – Science in Cultural Perspective (SCP) – that fosters an appreciation of the historical, philosophical, environmental, ethical, and social issues related to scientific and technological development.

Ramapo’s cooperative education program provides opportunities for working in a "real life environment". Under the joint supervision of a scientist at the work-place and a TAS faculty member, co-op students earn degree credits while earning money. A strong internship program (where students earn degree credits for work done on a volunteer basis) is also available.

Student organizations such as the Biology, Chemistry, Math, Pre-Med, Physics Clubs and the Environmental Alliance sponsor lectures, trips, and social activities. Each club elects officers who gain leadership experience in planning programs such as the annual Earth Day celebration. Ramapo’s chapter of the Society of the Sigma Xi, a national organization for faculty, fosters research and schedules lectures by national and international authorities.
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