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Lasell College Expands its Science Program With Two New Majors, Hires Mount Ida Faculty to Meet Increased Demand

April 19, 2018

Lasell College today announced that it will adopt academic programs in biology and applied forensic science from Mount Ida College, offering both majors in their entirety with no change in curriculum or loss of academic credit for transferring students. In response to the expanded science offerings, three full-time Mount Ida faculty members will join Lasell to teach affiliated program courses in biology, chemistry, and applied forensic science.

The hiring of James Jabbour, associate professor and program director of the applied forensic science program; Barbara Akum, assistant professor of biology; and Angeline Wairegi, assistant professor of chemistry, marks the first of several steps that Lasell has taken to support the Mount Ida community as it grapples with the school's anticipated closing this summer, and in further developing Lasell's academic footprint in the sciences.

"Everything felt right about this decision," said Associate Dean of the School of Health Sciences Cristina Haverty. "Our new Science and Technology Center will continue to offer robust programs and courses, and our new faculty members will bring added expertise and industry connections that will help us grow the sciences at Lasell."

Mount Ida biology and forensic science students who wish to transfer to Lasell will benefit from an expedited admissions process. Those in good academic and judicial standing will be admitted for the fall 2018 term and can continue their studies as planned.

"We've adopted both programs completely," said Haverty. "The courses that these students have already taken or need to take to complete majors in biology or applied forensic science will be offered at Lasell, unchanged. There will be no need to retake classes or adjust their academic timelines."

The two new science majors have already been approved in an expedited process at Lasell - a process that can often take up to a year. The college has been in communication with the Massachusetts Board of Higher Education, and a final decision is expected shortly.

Last November Lasell unveiled its new Science and Technology Center, a state-of-the-art facility which features labs for athletic training, exercise science, mathematics, chemistry, and biology courses, as well as flexible areas with easy-to-move furniture for multidisciplinary use. The 48,300 square-foot building also includes 21 all-purpose classrooms, group study rooms, a café, an atrium with floor to ceiling windows and 29 faculty offices, marking a significant uptick in the number of spaces in which students can conduct research, tackle connected learning projects, and collaborate with faculty and one another.

The addition of the new majors will expand on Lasell's existing offerings in the sciences and technology. Within the past two years, the college has added graduate programs in rehabilitation science and nutrition for human performance, and just this week approved a master of science in athletic training. This past fall, the college established the School of Health Sciences to house these and other programs, including a newly launched major designed to prepare students for graduate work essential to careers in the health professions.

In addition to the sciences, students have the opportunity to transfer into Lasell's respected fashion, sport management, and graphic design programs which are aligned with majors currently available at Mount Ida.  

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