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

The Department of Natural Sciences includes the disciplines of biology, chemistry, and physics, and the interdisciplinary areas of biochemistry, earth 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. 
 
Department of Natural Sciences Chair: Dr. John Thomas
 

At the graduate level, we offer a Master of Science degree in Environmental Science

We also offer a certificate in Geospatial Analysis and Mapping (GAM).
 

Department of Natural Sciences Colloquia

Colloquia are held on Fridays from 3:10 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. in Lecture Hall, Room 1010 Science Learning and Research Center. Refreshments are available beginning at 2:30 p.m. The talks are free and open to the public. 
Fall 2017 Natural Sciences Colloquium Calendar

Research and Internship Opportunities

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

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.