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A degree in the Life Sciences program from Mitchell College is challenging, interactive, exciting, and rewarding.

The Bachelor of Arts Degree in Environmental Studies will prepare you to care for the earth’s natural resources and understand the complexities of major environmental global issues. Our environmental partners include the Mystic Aquarium and Mystic Seaport, Denison Pequotsepos Nature Center and Pequot Museum, and Project Oceanology.

The Bachelor of Science Degree in Health Science, will give you the foundation in biology, chemistry and psychology for graduate study or application in fields like sports medicine and behavioral medicine. Two concentrations are offered: Behavioral and Professional.

Life Sciences Degrees:
B.A. Environmental Studies
B.S. Health Science
A.A. Liberal Studies

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What can I do with this degree?

Students in the Life Sciences program can go on to work in a variety of associated careers such as:

  • Government
  • Non-Profit Environmental Organizations
  • Marine Biology
  • Forestry
  • Law
  • Business
  • Education
  • Public Health
  • Dental
  • Teaching
  • Hospitals
  • Health Clinic Careers
  • Sports Medicine
  • Behavioral Counseling

Our Life Sciences Graduates Work In…

  • Government
  • Non-Profit Organizations
  • Business
  • Education
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Environmental Studies

Mitchell College’s Bachelor of Arts Degree in Environmental Studies major is an interdisciplinary program that prepares students to be stewards of the earth’s natural resources in their roles as citizens, politicians and employees of industry or government. This interdisciplinary approach gives students the knowledge and the skills needed to fully understand the complexities of major environmental global issues.

Mitchell College’s campus provides a unique location for the study of the environment. The campus includes a beach located on the Thames River and Mitchell Woods (a 26 acre wooded area with a pond). The college is within walking distance of beaches along the Long Island Sound and other marine environments. Bates Woods, Bluff Point, Barn Island and various wetlands environments are within a few miles of the campus.

Select Courses in Environmental Studies:

  • General Biology I & II
  • College Chemistry I & II
  • Environmental Studies
  • Scientific Writing
  • Environmental Analysis
  • Fundamentals of Ecology
  • Marine Ecology
  • Societal Impact of Global Climate Change
  • Environmental Economics
  • Environmental Law
  • Science & Public Policy
  • Human Health & the Environment
  • Microbiology
  • Genetics
  • Ecology of Long Island Sound
  • Literature of the Environment
  • Anatomy & Physiology I & II
  • Physics I & II
  • Career Seminar
  • Senior Capstone/Internship

Learn Real World Skills in a Real World Setting

Mitchell College is fortunate to have many environmental partners. The following is a partial list of programs that provide Environmental Studies students with practical experiences outside of the classroom:

  • Mitchell Woods Advisory Board
  • The New London Environmental Educators’ Coalition
  • The Connecticut Agricultural and Experimental Station
  • The Mystic Aquarium
  • The Science and Technology Magnet High School
  • The Conservation Commission of the City of New London
  • Millstone Nuclear Power Plant/Dominion Power Company

Health Science

Mitchell College’s Bachelor of Science Degree in Health Science is a multidisciplinary curriculum that exposes students to the underlying biology, chemistry and psychology of human health and the application of these sciences to applied fields like sports medicine and behavioral medicine.

Course content is drawn from biology, chemistry, environmental science, psychology, and applicational fields like exercise science and the behavioral sciences. Select Courses in Health Science:

  • Core – Anatomy & Physiology I & II
  • Chemistry
  • Scientific Writing
  • Statistics in the Behavioral Sciences
  • Nutrition
  • Health Issues
  • Internship

Professional Track

  • Microbiology
  • Genetics
  • Biochemistry for Health Science
  • Human Health & the Environment
  • First Aid & Safety
  • Kinesiology
  • Prevention & Care of Athletic Injuries
  • Sports Nutrition
  • Exercise Science

Behavioral Track –

  • Race, Culture & Ethnicity
  • First Aid & Safety
  • Brain & Behavior
  • Death & Dying
  • Theories of Personality
  • Counseling Theory
  • Psychology of Drugs & Behavior
  • Human Sexuality

Individualized Track – Electives from specified choices on the check sheet.

Graduates of the program will find employment in public health and health education, teaching, program planning, or administration in a wide variety of settings including: secondary schools, community colleges/universities, local and county health departments and agencies, volunteer agencies such as the American Cancer Society, American Heart Association, and Planned Parenthood. They will find employment as patient navigators and healthcare advocates in hospitals and health clinics, and health maintenance organizations. Additional possibilities include roles in health and safety in industrial corporations and community based organizations. The program suitably prepares students for graduate work in such fields as sports medicine and other allied health fields, behavioral counseling, as well as psychology, medicine and law.

In addition to the Professional Track and the Behavioral Track, Mitchell College offers students an Individualized Track in the Health Science major. Here a student may develop his/her own sequence of courses which include the basic General Education requirements, introductory courses in the program and an opportunity to select additional courses, with the assistance of an academic advisor. These will be courses within the Life Sciences, Sport & Fitness, and Behavioral Sciences departments that support the student’s academic goals and career interests.

Meet the Faculty

Kimberly Blake, Ph.D.

Kimberly Blake, Ph.D.

Professor, Department Chair

Christine Ramsay, Ph.D.

Christine Ramsay, Ph.D.

Assistant Professor

I love this major because it has really allowed me to get a lot of the classes under my belt that I need to prepare for grad school.

Hope Dickson
Class of 2016, Heath Science Individualized



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