students observing in chemistry lab

The Department of Natural Sciences at Shawnee State University offers challenging and rigorous baccalaureate degrees in biologychemistry, and geology. In conjunction with the School of Education, we also offer four science education programs with grades 7–12 teaching licensure. Our diverse programming allows for interdisciplinary collaboration among students and faculty as well as further specialization in the tracks within our majors.

We offer an associates degree in Natural Science that serves as preparation for a technical career, as well as a stepping stone towards our baccalaureate degrees. Students wishing to add minors to their current degree programs can choose from nine minors in Natural Sciences.

For students interested in pursuing a career in medicine, pharmacy, or other biomedical fields, our BS biology and chemistry degrees are excellent preparation.

The B.S. in chemistry contains three tracks from which students choose depending on their career goals in graduate study, pharmacy school, or industrial paths.

For students pursuing graduate training in biomedical sciences or entrance to professional schools such as medical, dental, or veterinary school, we offer a highly successful program in biomedical sciences.

Thanks to a low student : faculty ratio, students in all majors in our department gain hands-on experience with modern scientific instruments during laboratory classes and in mentored research projects. 

The department also provides unique opportunities to students interested in organismal and field sciences. Through our expert faculty, students gain access to smaller preserve systems in the region and routinely participate in valuable field experiences during their undergraduate careers. This makes our students stand out when compared to other programs. 

Our general biology and geology majors have a proven record of success in acceptance into graduate programs, environmental, government and industry positions.  

If you have any questions about our department or programs, please don't hesitate to contact us.


Jennifer Napper

Jennifer Napper, Ph.D.
Chairperson, Department of Natural Sciences & Professor of Biology
Massie Hall, Room 419
(740) 351-3343