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The Department of Natural Sciences is committed to advancing the fields of Biology, Chemistry, Physics, and Science Education on a global scale by providing quality learning experiences and opportunities for innovative research and meaningful service to individual from diverse backgrounds with varying skill sets, including those who have traditionally been overlooked and underestimated.

Our mission is to prepare the next generation of leaders with the tools to help shape the medical, technological, and educational developments of the future, while embracing the standards of ethical scientific behavior and engaging in safe and sustainable practices. The department seeks to:

  • Uphold the true competitiveness of our programs by continuously reevaluating and updating the program curricula
  • Foster an environment of free-thinking, innovation, and creativity by actively promoting and supporting student research
  • Ensure the viability of current programs and support the development of new programs by establishing relationships with community partners and appropriate government agencies, and
  • Promote the values of diversity in an ever-evolving global society

Students in the department have the opportunity to earn a Bachelor of Science degree in Biology, Chemistry, Physics, or Natural Science. For those preparing for a career in public education, a secondary education endorsement (grade 6 - 12 licensure) in Biology or Chemistry is available in collaboration with the School of Education.