Welcome to the Department of Natural Sciences

The Department of Natural Sciences (DNS) provides undergraduate programs  in BIOCHEMISTRYBIOLOGYCHEMISTRY, and ENVIRONMENTAL SCIENCES. DNS provides foundational support for study in medicine, dentistry, pharmacy, physical therapy, and other allied health fields, as well as to programs in toxicology, forensic science, law, and business.

DNS is home to graduate programs in CHEMISTRY, MARINE, ESTUARINE, AND ENVIRONMENTAL SCIENCES, and TOXICOLOGY. Graduate faculty research focuses on environmental chemistry and toxicology, coastal ecosystem and fisheries health, natural secondary metabolite chemistry, nutrient cycling and carbon sequestration, and the functional properties of nanostructures

Many DNS majors participate in the RICHARD HENSON HONORS PROGRAM, enjoying its student-centered learning experiences that promote intellectual growth, cultural appreciation, professional focus, leadership development, and civic participation.

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