The Department of Natural Sciences and Environmental Health is composed of Biology, Chemistry, Physics, and Environmental Health disciplines. The 18 faculty members are responsible for teaching science courses for the University and conducting research in their chosen fields of study. Departmental strengths include analytical chemistry and bio-environmental assessment.
The primary objectives of the Department of Natural Sciences and Environmental Health are to: (1) develop students who are well prepared for their chosen careers and in the fulfillment of their personal lives in an ever-changing society, (2) provide opportunities for all students of the University to become familiar with concepts and principles of natural sciences and environmental health, (3) offer baccalaureate and master’s degree curricula in natural sciences and environmental health, (4) prepare interested students for advanced study in biomedical sciences, (5) prepare those interested in admission to schools of medicine, dentistry, nursing, medical technology, physical therapy, and other allied health service professions, (6) prepare and train students for employment in public health, occupational safety fields, and in environmental monitoring, regulation, or protection fields, and (7) develop teaching skills in students interested in teaching biology in secondary schools.
The Department of Natural Sciences and Environmental Health offers (1) Bachelor of Science degrees in Biology, Chemistry, Science Education, and Environmental Health, and (2) Master of Science degrees in Environmental Health and Bioinformatics.