Natural Sciences Minor

Natural Sciences minors can gain first-hand experiences in the basics of geology, chemistry, physics, and biology. You will grow to  know the differences and similarities between these types of sciences.

This minor is designed for you to become more acclimated with the field of science and become acquainted with lab studies. It can help support the skills needed for careers in education, business, and other professions.

Benefits of a Natural Sciences Minor

  • Gain knowledge in the constantly shifting world of science
  • Understand the basis of Natural Sciences through examples of research, studies, and a selection of different sciences

Natural Sciences Minor Requirements

These requirements are from an excerpt from the University Academic Catalog, which outlines the requirements for a student to earn the distinction of being a Castleton University graduate. The complete catalog is available online.

This minor is offered by the Natural Sciences Department. The minor can be earned by completing at least 20 credits in any combination of Biology, Chemistry, Geology, and Physics courses of which no more than eight credits may be below the 2000 level in a single discipline.

(This minor is not available to Natural Sciences majors, i.e. students majoring in Biology, Chemistry, Ecological Studies, Environmental Science, Exercise & Sports Science, Geology, or Health Science.)


Most laboratory science courses require payments of materials and field trip charges in addition to any textbooks or lab manuals. Also, in laboratory science courses, the ratio of lab hours to lecture hours varies.