Natural Sciences

The Department of Natural Sciences educates students and the public about the nature and practice of science.

Natural Sciences Department logoThe Department of Natural Sciences includes the disciplines of biologychemistry, and physics, and the interdisciplinary areas of biochemistryearth science, environmental science and studies, and microbiology.

Our emphasis on undergraduate research prepares our students for a broad range of careers. Graduates may enter the work force or go on to graduate or professional school in fields such as health, pharmacy, forensic science, environmental science, or science education.  

Our department consists of approximately 40 full-time faculty, 40 LEO I/II lecturers, 11 staff, 1,000 undergraduate majors, and 70 graduate students. 

Disciplines, Programs & Areas of Study

The Natural Sciences Department offers degrees in several undergraduate majors:

Go Safe - Go Blue - Go Dearborn!

Students taking Chemistry, Biology, Physics or Geology can expect a rigorous curriculum that will provide both lecture and laboratory experience yet maintain social distancing. Our laboratories will offer a combination of virtual experience, simulation and demonstration to provide as close to a true laboratory experience as possible.

Biology Discipline Responds to Recent Fraudulent Emails Regarding COVID-19 Vaccines

"It has recently come to our attention that an impersonator posing as a faculty member in the Department of Natural Sciences has distributed an email message expressing doubt about the efficacy of vaccines.  To counteract this falsehood, all sixteen full-time faculty members of the Biology Discipline within the Department of Natural Sciences hereby state their support of using vaccines to counteract the severity and spread of virally – transmitted diseases.  There is a long history of effective vaccines nearly eradicating deadly viral diseases including smallpox and polio.  There are safe and highly effective vaccines currently in use that protect against the viruses that cause measles, mumps, rubella, chicken pox, shingles, hepatitis, and influenza.  We advise all interested parties to read the statements provided by the Center for Disease Control’s Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices which present the data supporting the efficacy of the currently authorized COVID-19 vaccines."

Department of Natural Sciences Colloquia

Colloquia are held on Fridays from 3:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. The talks are free and open to the public. 

2022 Natural Sciences Awards and Research Poster Showcase

The 30th Annual Natural Sciences Awards and Research Poster Showcase will be held on April 22. Read the research abstracts to learn more about the variety of projects on display that day.

Natural Sciences Research in the News

How a research project on the Milky Way's center will help unlock the universe's secrets

As part of a leading research team, Associate Professor Will Clarkson spent much of the last decade working with colleagues around the globe to assemble an extensive map of the inner regions of the Milky Way galaxy. The purpose? To create a comprehensive visual encyclopedia for educators and astronomers to use in their future space exploration work.

Centers & Institutes

The Department of Natural Sciences offers the following Centers and Institutes for students:

Research and Internship Opportunities

Explore our students' research through photos, videos, and abstracts from the CASL Undergraduate Research Showcase and the Meeting of Minds Undergraduate Conference.

Learn about internship and co-op experiences of environmental studies students.

All Earth Science students are required to complete either three credit hours of research under the guidance of a faculty member or an internship experience. 

Professor Angela J. Allen Scholarship Fund

On September 14, 2018, the Professor Angela J. Allen Scholarship Fund was announced. This scholarship was established in honor of Angela J. Allen, a lecturer at UM-Dearborn for 22 years. A generous gift from Earnest Sanders, Jr. and family and friends of Angela J. Allen will provide the foundation of the scholarship fund.

The purpose of the scholarship is to provide support for tuition and books to UM-Dearborn students with financial need who have:

  • passed organic chemistry (CHEM 225, 226 or 227) with a grade of B or higher during the preceding academic year and are members of Sigma Gamma Rho or Mu Phi Beta


  • passed organic chemistry during the preceding academic year with a grade of B or higher and are members of the Black Student Union and are active in at least one of the following UM-Dearborn student organizations or programs: Women in Leadership and Learning, another UM-Dearborn sorority, the Association for Women in Science, the Center for Social Justice and Inclusion's Women at UM-Dearborn team (Women's Resource Center), SOAR, or the American Association of University Women.   

If you would like to make a contribution toward this scholarship fund, please visit the Professor Angela J Allen Scholarship online giving link. Gifts can also be made via payroll deduction through Wolverine Access. (Click on Employee Self Service, Payroll and Compensation, and Voluntary Deductions. Search for Angela's scholarship code, 700738, and enter a one-time or monthly payroll deduction and enter the start and end dates for the payroll deduction.)

Department of Natural Sciences

114 - Science Faculty Center
4901 Evergreen Road
Dearborn, MI 48128
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Phone: 313-593-5277
Fax: 313-593-4937