Natural Sciences Undergraduate Degrees
The Department of Natural Sciences offers the following undergraduate degrees.
B.S. in Applied Physics
The Applied Physics program at NSU is a program that offers rigorous curriculum and flexible career choices. The program provides both fundamental courses that lead to a deep understanding of physics and hands-on courses where students learn practical technical skills. An undergraduate degree in Applied Physics provides flexible career opportunities such as graduate school, engineering, or high tech companies. It will prepare you to excel in technical careers based on a background of physics, mathematics, and computer science.
B.S. in Cell and Molecular Biology
Biology is the study of living organisms and their interactions. There are many fields of study within biology such as anatomy, biochemistry, botany, cell biology, ecology, genetics, microbiology, physiology and zoology. We offer courses in all of these areas, permitting you to select courses that will best suit your interests and career goals. With so much rapid change in biology, the career opportunities are excellent. Many of our students go on to pursue further education and higher degrees in biological sciences, dentistry, medicine, optometry, pharmacy, podiatry and veterinary medicine. Others enter the job market directly as junior high and high school teachers, laboratory technicians and park rangers.
There are two options:
- Integrative Biology, B.S. Organismic option
- Integrative Biology, B.S. Fish and Wildlife option (Tahlequah Campus only)
B.S. in Chemistry
Chemistry is all around us - in what we eat, what we breathe, how we live and what we are. Chemists study not only what things are, but also what they do and how they do it. Nearly all sciences and advances in fields such as molecular biology, environmental science, materials science and medicinal chemistry are built upon an understanding of chemistry. Chemistry courses provide a sound background in chemical principles and challenge students to develop excellent problem-solving skills. Obtaining an undergraduate degree in chemistry prepares you for many different careers, including employment as a research chemist or a lab technician in industrial quality control, environmental assessment, forensics, patent law or education. Furthermore, the chemistry program prepares you for pursuing advanced degrees or in entering health-related professional schools (medical, pharmacy, dental, optometry, chiropractic, etc.).
Teaching science to middle school and high school students is a rewarding profession that enables students to achieve their dreams and that prepares them to live and work in a science and technology rich society. Good science teachers are in high demand. The Science Education program prepares graduates to teach science in middle school and to teach Biology, Chemistry, Earth Science, and Physical Science in high school. The program is Nationally Recognized by the National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education. Teacher candidates learn both science content and how to teach science effectively. TEACH Grant funds are available to qualified students.
There are three options: