Natural Science

Students in a physical science lab

The Natural Science Bachelors Degree Program (BS, BA) consists of a core of courses to provide the students with a strong foundation for advanced study. The Biochemical Science option is designed for students planning to enroll in post-graduate (MS, PhD) or professional school (e.g., Medical or Pharmacy School) or begin a career in industrial, agricultural, or environmental chemistry.

What makes the program unique?

  • Comprehensive curriculum emphasizing all aspects of the biological sciences.
  • Strong organismal foundation for upper division courses.
  • Experiential, including student-led independent investigations, mentored undergraduate research, and training in experimental biology.
  • Field-based laboratories teach professional skills.
  • Rural Health Opportunities Programs in Pharmacy, Nursing, Physician Assistant, Physical Therapy, Radiography, and Medical Laboratory Science.

What sets faculty apart from other colleges?

  • Dedicated to undergraduate education and advancement of students in their field of study.
  • Productive research programs centered on mentored undergraduate research.
  • Extensive funding for research programs, including for student stipends, student travel, and research equipment awarded by the National Science Foundation.
  • Excellent placement rate for students seeking graduate, veterinary, medical, or allied health degrees.


  • Hoyt Science Building, with dedicated teaching laboratories in biology and chemistry.
  • Faculty and student research spaces.
  • Ready cooperative access to extensive and biologically diverse state-owned and private property for field research and teaching.
  • Excellent equipment for microscopy, biochemical analyses, and molecular biology.
  • On-campus daycare facility.