Degree:
B.A.
Division:
Natural Sciences
Program Options:
Area of Concentration, Secondary Field

If you have a broad-based interest in the sciences, including biology, chemistry, physics, math, bioinformatics, scientific history and more, then our Natural Sciences AOC is for you. 

About the Natural Sciences Area of Concentration

The Natural Sciences faculty have agreed that a student who earns “Natural Sciences” as an Area of Concentration should have a diverse enough background to be reasonably called a natural scientist and, at the same time, should have attained some level of mastery in one of the following disciplines: biology, chemistry, computer science, data science, mathematics or physics.

More than any of the more specialized programs we offer in the sciences, our Natural Sciences AOC allows you the flexibility to work with your faculty advisor in designing a course of study that matches your specific interests and goals. You won’t explore areas as deeply as you would in say, Chemistry, but you will enjoy unparalleled breadth, which is one of the reasons this program is so popular with pre-med and pre-dentistry students, as well as with students interested in environmental law and other professional areas where a broad-based familiarity and understanding of the sciences is needed.

An additional benefit to our Natural Sciences AOC is that it allows students to take classes with our expert faculty from a wide variety of disciplines. For example, one of our physics professors was recently awarded a $1.7 million grant from the United States government to fund her research on nanoparticles, while a professor in physical chemistry received a large grant from the U.S. Navy for his research on microwave spectroscopy. A biology professor received funding from the National Science Foundation (NSF) as part of a research team exploring gene networks and endosperm development in maize, and a professor in biochemistry received NSF funding for her research on animal development and gene expression. As a major in Natural Sciences, you have an opportunity to take classes, as available, with each of these faculty members, as well as others who are widely published and regarded in their fields.

In addition to medicine, dentistry and law, popular career paths chosen by our students who pursue a Natural Sciences AOC are lab work, quality control, and environmental and conservation work.

Recent courses

  • Algorithms for Data Science
  • Biology of Urbanization
  • Calculus I
  • Cell Biology
  • Distributed Systems for Data Science
  • Environmental Chemistry
  • Florida Natural History
  • Foundations of Biology I
  • Front-End Web Design and Development
  • General Chemisty I
  • Graph Theory
  • Introduction to Entomology
  • Introduction to Environmental Chemistry
  • Introduction to Oceanography
  • Introduction to Programming in Python
  • Invertebrate Zoology
  • Linear Models
  • Marine Pollution
  • Neurobiology
  • Organic Chemistry I
  • Physics I
  • Probability I
  • Social Epidemiology
  • Solid State Physics
  • Tropical Disease Epidemiology

Career Pathways

  • Healthcare Technology
  • Research
  • Law
  • Fisheries biologist
  • Medicine

Contact Us

Natural Sciences

Contact
Phone Number
Email Address
Location
Office
Heiser Natural Sciences Complex 172C

Natural Sciences Faculty

Alfred Beulig Emeritus Professor of Biology
Rebecca Black Assistant Professor of Organic Chemistry
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Burcin Bozkaya Director of Applied Data Science Graduate Program
Professor of Data Science
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Amy Clore Professor of Biology
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Donald Colladay Professor of Physics
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Melissa Crow Instructor of Statistics
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Susan Darter Office Assistant
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Leo Demski Emeritus Professor of Biology
Founding Director Pritzker Marine Biology Center
Erika Díaz Almeyda Assistant Professor of Biology and Environmental Studies
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Tiffany M. Doan Instructor of Biology
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Caitrin E. Eaton Assistant Professor of Computer Science
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Kristopher Fennie Assistant Professor of Epidemiology
Contact kfennie@ncf.edu
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Jayne M. Gardiner Associate Professor of Biology, Director of Pritzker Marine Biology Research Center
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Sandra Gilchrist Professor of Biology & Marine Science
Natural Sciences Division Chair
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David Gillman Associate Professor of Computer Science
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Fahmida Hamid Assistant Professor of Computer Science
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Emily Heffernan Dean of Studies
Associate Professor of Biology and Environmental Studies
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Lin Jiang Assistant Professor of Bioorganic Chemistry
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Bernhard Klingenberg Adjunct Instructor of Statistics
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Christopher Kottke Associate Professor of Mathematics
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Elizabeth C. Leininger Associate Professor of Biology
SET SAIL program Director
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Matthew Lepinski Associate Professor of Computer Science
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Elzie McCord Jr. Emeritus Professor of Biology
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Patrick McDonald Professor of Mathematics
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David Mullins Emeritus Professor of Mathematics
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Donal O'Shea Professor of Mathematics
Contact doshea@ncf.edu
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Brad Oberle Associate Professor of Biology and Environmental Studies
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Levente Pap Visiting Assistant Professor of Chemistry
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Christopher Pedersen Associate In Physics
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Tiago Perez Assistant Professor of Data Science
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Eirini Poimenidou Professor of Mathematics
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Tania Roy Assistant Professor of Human Centered Computing
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George Ruppeiner Professor of Physics and Astronomy
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Tyrone Ryba Associate Professor of Bioinformatics
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Athena Rycyk Assistant Professor of Biology and Marine Science
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Paul Scudder Emeritus Professor of Chemistry
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Mariana Sendova Professor of Physics
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Steven Shipman Professor of Physical Chemistry
Leonard Florsheim Chair
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Andrey Skripnikov Assistant Professor of Applied Statistics
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Colleen Swessel Office Manager
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Joel Thurmond Senior Teaching Laboratory Specialist
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Gerardo Toro-Farmer Assistant Professor of Coastal and Marine Science
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Katherine Walstrom Associate Professor of Biochemistry
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Necmettin Yildirim Professor of Mathematics
Soo Bong Chae Chair of Applied Mathematics
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