School of Sciences

Departments

Astronomy - Since prehistoric times, man has looked to the stars for answers.  Although the sky continues to leave us with many more questions than answers, technological advancements now allow us to study what early man could only imagine.  The movements of various celestial bodies and their physical properties can now be determined.  Coursework in astronomy focuses […]
Botany - The Botany Department is devoted to the study of plant life from across the globe, with an emphasis on morphology, microscopic anatomy, and physiology. The department facilities feature a herbarium with an extensive collection of dried exotic plant specimens and a dedicated drying room where students and faculty can dry and mount new specimens. In […]
Chemistry - Chemistry has come a long way from its origins in black magic and alchemy, but while chemists are no longer concerned with seeking the Philosopher’s Stone or the Elixir of Life, we continue to seek ways to enrich and improve human life.  Today, chemistry is a vital aspect of a liberal education, as well as […]
Cryptozoology - Cryptozoology is literally the study of “hidden animals.” It is derived from the Greek κρυπτός, or kryptos, meaning ”hidden” + zoology. This course is dedicated to the search for animals whose existence has not been proven, and the living examples of animals that are considered extinct. Some examples; animals that are extinct such as the […]
General Physics - Providing a thorough introduction to principles of physics, beginning with mechanics and moving through heat, light, electricity, and magnetism.  All lectures will be accompanied by experiments and demonstrations to illustrate the materials covered.
Geology - Richard de Bury, a 14th century Benedictine Monk and librarian, was perhaps the first to use the medieval Latin term geologia to describe the science of the earth. From Georgius Agricola’s study of minerals in the sixteenth century to Richard Dixon Oldham’s work on seismology in the early twentieth century, geological studies have made great […]
Mathematics - Simple mathematic calculations have no doubt been used since early man began to trade.  Five thousand years ago, early Babylonians and Egyptians began using more complex mathematical formulas in their observations of the stars and construction of buildings.  The Ancient Greeks are credited with beginning a systematic study of mathematics and since then, the scope […]
Physics - The study of physics seeks to understand the interactions of materials on all levels—from the gravitational forces causing the movements of planetary bodies that have been observed by scientists since ancient times, to the sub-atomic interactions that have only come to light in the past few decades.  Physics is a rapidly evolving field: J.J. Thomson’s […]
Principles of Paleontology - During the first half of this course, students will study the systematic classification of fossils, with an emphasis on fossilized plant life. The second half of the course will focus on the evolution and morphology of vertebrates as shown through the fossil record. Students are encouraged to bring materials they themselves have collected to the […]
Tracking Vikings in the Archipelagos - An expedition to conduct a follow up expedition to the ruins of a remote village on one of the many archipelagos in. This island was said to once be inhabited by Vikings
Zoology - Zoology dates back to Aristotle, whose works on natural philosophy laid the foundation for the study and classification of animals that has continued for over two millennia. The Zoology Department at Miskatonic University continues this tradition and offers a wide range of courses on animal life. Courses cover both invertebrate and vertebrate zoology, but the […]

Class Listings

  • Differential Calculus - This course covers differential calculus and its application.  Expansion of functions, valuation of indeterminate forms, maxima and minima, and plane curves will be examined at length.
  • Electricity and Magnetism - Advanced study of electricity and magnetism, both theoretical and experimental.  The first portion of the course will focus on the fundamental mathematical theory of electricity and magnetism, while the remainder of the course will be devoted to the study of advanced electrodynamics.  An optional laboratory course on electrical measurements is available as an accompaniment.
  • Fundamentals of Geology - Introductory course covering the composition and structures of rocks and minerals, as well as the processes related to the formation of various features of the Earth’s topography. This course is accompanied by a mandatory laboratory. General chemistry is recommended as a pre- or co-requisite.
  • General Physics - Providing a thorough introduction to principles of physics, beginning with mechanics and moving through heat, light, electricity, and magnetism.  All lectures will be accompanied by experiments and demonstrations to illustrate the materials covered.
  • Heat, Sound, and Light - Building on the basic principles covered in General Physics, this course provides more advanced study of thermodynamics and wave motion (both sound and light).
  • Organic Chemistry - A general study of the properties of organic compounds.  The course covers aliphatic and aromatic compounds, stereochemistry, and proofs of the constitution of various compounds.  Organic preparations will be included in the accompanying laboratory, emphasizing maximum purity and yield.
  • Physical Chemistry - Lectures include thermodynamics, chemical equilibrium, the phase rule, gas laws, osmotic pressure, chemical kinetics, electro-chemistry, etc.  Laboratory (required) will emphasize physico-chemical measurements.
  • Practical Astronomy Field Work - Field work to accompany the Practical Astronomy Lectures.  Students will use the sextant and transit to determine latitude, longitude, and azimuth.  In addition, students will learn strategies for observing, tracking, and recording the relative positions of celestial bodies.
  • Principles of Paleontology - During the first half of this course, students will study the systematic classification of fossils, with an emphasis on fossilized plant life. The second half of the course will focus on the evolution and morphology of vertebrates as shown through the fossil record. Students are encouraged to bring materials they themselves have collected to the […]
  • Theory of Equations - A broad survey of the properties of equations, including symmetric functions of roots, solution of reciprocal equations, relations between roots and co-efficients, and the cubic and biquadratic equations. Numerous examples will be worked through during lectures.