2019-2020 Undergraduate Catalog 
    
    Sep 22, 2020  
2019-2020 Undergraduate Catalog [Archived Catalog]

College of Natural Sciences


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Charlene Wolf-Hall, Dean
Matthew Miller, Associate Dean for Academics and Student Services
Heike Bücking, Associate Dean for Research
College of Natural Sciences
Avera Health and Science Center 131
605-688-4420

Overview

The College of Natural Sciences provides degree programs in natural and physical sciences which are foundational to all professional, applied, and technical fields.  A degree in physics explores the physical characteristics and fundamental nature of matter.  Chemistry and biochemistry provide an understanding of the physical, structural, and catalytic nature of atoms, molecules, and macromolecules.  A degree in the biological sciences provides a fundamental understanding of all life processes within the many branches of life.  Geography studies Earth’s environments, landscapes, peoples, and places, including natural science (physical geography), social science (human geography), and geospatial science (GIScience).  Students of the College of Natural Sciences are well-prepared for advanced studies, professional, and graduate school.  Due to this broad, comprehensive education, our graduates have exceled not only in their chosen field but also in engineering, business, human science, and the social sciences.

Departments

Department of Biology & Microbiology  
Department of Chemistry & Biochemistry  
Department of Geography & Geospatial Sciences  
Department of Physics  

Degrees Offered

Bachelor of Science
Master of Science*
Doctor of Pharmacy*

* Graduate degrees are offered in collaboration with the Graduate School. For details, see the Graduate Catalog.

Secondary Education Courses

Students planning to teach at the middle or high school level will take EDFN 101  as a prerequisite for admission to the Pre-Residency program, which will typically start in the fall of the junior year. Students must then apply for a Residency placement for the senior year. (See the College of Education & Human Sciences  and the Department of Teaching, Learning & Leadership  for further details.)

Accreditations & Certification

  • The Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry is accredited by the American Society for Biochemistry and Molecular Biology.

Programs

Department of Biology & Microbiology

Programs

Majors
Minors
Pre-Professional Interest Areas

Department of Chemistry & Biochemistry

Programs

Majors
Minors

Department of Geography & Geospatial Sciences

Programs

Majors
Minors
Certificates

Department of Physics

Programs

Majors
Minors

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