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The Department of Natural Sciences and Environmental Health (NSEH) is composed of three undergraduate programs, a science education concentration and two unique graduate programs. The undergraduate programs offered include Biology, Chemistry, and Environmetal Health. The two unique graduate programs offered by the department includes Masters of Science degree in Environmental Health and in Bioinformatics. Faculty members in the programs are responsible for teaching science courses for the University and conducting research in their fields of study. Departmental faculty specialty include cell ultrsructure, aquatic animal physiology, cytogenetics, ecology, entomology, molecular biology, toxicology, biosynthesis, analytical chemistry and bio-environmental assessment.

The primary objectives of the Department of NSEH are to:

(1) Develop students who are well prepared for their chosen careers and in the fulfillment of life endeavors in a modern society,

(2) Provide opportunities for all students of the University to become proficient in concepts and principles of natural sciences and environmental health,

(3) Offer baccalaureate and master’s degree curricula in natural sciences, environmental health and bioinformatics,

(4) Prepare students for prospective advanced study in biomedical sciences,

(5) Prepare students who are interested in admission to schools of medicine, dentistry, nursing, medical technology, physical therapy, and other allied health service professions

(6) Train students for careers in the biology, bioinformatics, ecology, environmental quality control, and conservation of various natural resource areas,

(7) Prepare and train students for employment in public health, occupational safety fields, and in environmental monitoring, regulation, or protection fields, and

(8) Develop teaching skills in students interested in teaching biology in secondary schools.

Degree Programs

The Department of Natural Sciences and Environmental Health offers (1) Bachelor of Science degrees (with associated minors) in Biology, Chemistry, Biology/Chemistry double major and Environmental Health, and a concentration in Biology Science Education and (2) Master of Science degrees in Environmental Health and Bioinformatics.