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Natural Science (B.S.)

B.S., Natural Science

College of Natural Sciences and Mathematics

What You'll Do

Scientists look at the world around them and seek explanations. As a Natural Science major at Indiana University of Pennsylvania, you’ll study biology, chemistry, and physics as you explore your surroundings through the eyes of different scientific disciplines. You’ll learn in the classroom and the lab, building your knowledge of key principles.

This major is a good choice for those considering a professional career in a high-technology business or health-oriented industry who want to obtain a foundation in the natural sciences while using free electives for additional classes in areas such as molecular biology, biochemistry, psychology, economics, pre-law, or athletic training.  The free electives in this degree can also allow you to add a minor or an internship.

IUP’s scientific departments have the academic size and diversity to give you the opportunities found at larger research institutions while also providing you with the more personal learning community found at smaller colleges.

What You'll Become

The Bachelor of Science degree in Natural Science will prepare you for a career in science or for continuing your education with professional school or graduate school.

According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, about 39 percent of all biological scientists in a recent study were employed by the government at various levels. The Bureau of Labor Statistics adds that about 41 percent of chemists and material scientists worked in manufacturing firms—mostly in chemical manufacturing, although those percentages may decline due to an anticipated drop in employment until about 2016.

Job growth, according to the report, is expected in smaller, specialized, scientific services firms as manufacturers continue to outsource research and testing. Some of the most promising areas in the report were pharmaceuticals, biotechnology, and environmental research.

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Special Features

  • IUP’s special projects include the Pennsylvania Important Mammal Areas Project and the Weapons of Mass Destruction—Response Element Advanced Laboratory Integrated Training and Indoctrination (WMD-REALITI) Program.
  • Among the pieces of equipment for physics, you’ll also find a Lakshore 2T vibrating sample magnetometer, two Netsch differential scanning calorimeters (77K to 1,500K), a home-built DC SQUID magnetometer, X-ray diffraction, a Fourier transform infrared spectrometer, a deep-level transient spectrometer, an ISI Model ABT-55 electron microscope, a nanosurf scanning tunneling microscope, and facilities for Hall-Van der Pauw, resistivity, I-V, and C-V measurements.
  • American Chemical Society Club members have helped with volunteer water sampling of the Penn Hills II and Richards abandoned mine drainage sites near Clymer, Pa.