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School ofSciences

Natural Science (BS)

With CBU’s Bachelor of Science in Natural Science, you can take advantage of the growing demand for STEM graduates in research organizations, industry, and business. By studying the fundamentals of physical, biological, and mathematical sciences, you will gain an understanding of the scientific concepts required to explain the natural world.

You can earn two degrees through CBU’s agreements with professional schools. After completing three to three and a half years of undergraduate study, you can apply for admission to a professional school or master’s program. When you complete the programs, you will receive a degree from the professional school or master’s program and the BS in Natural Science from CBU.

Another plus for this program is CBU’s five-year option, (in conjunction with the Department of Education), in which you can finish your natural science degree, your Master of Arts in Teaching degree, and your teacher licensure preparation in just one extra year.

Program Highlights

  • Multidisciplinary focus
  • Opportunities to apply scientific methodology and techniques
  • Lab courses that provide hands-on experience with concepts taught in lectures 
  • Small classes

What You’ll Study

The Natural Science major requires 122 credit hours. You’ll take CBU general education and liberal arts courses, School of Sciences Support Requirements, plus courses in:

  • Biology
  • Chemistry
  • Natural Science
  • Physics

The academic catalog lists all course requirements for this program.

Related Minor

Public Health (science option) — 36 credit hours in biology, chemistry, sociology, special topics


A degree in Natural Science can lead to a career as a

  • Health professional such as medical doctor, physical therapist, or pharmacist
  • Research scientist
  • Teacher
  • Meteorologist
  • Clinical research associate
  • Environmental consultant
  • Lab technician in any STEM field


School of Sciences faculty provide the individual attention and support you need to succeed at the university.

Clubs and Organizations

You can enjoy a variety of activities as a member of Mu Tau Chapter of Beta Beta Beta, the national undergraduate biology honor society; the student chapter of the American Chemical Society; or the CBU chapter of the Society of Physics Students.

Is a Natural Science Major for You?

If you have interest in one or more of these areas, a Natural Science major may be for you:

  • Health careers
  • Teaching
  • Research
  • Environmental issues

Contact Us

Dr. John A. Varriano, chair,
(901) 321-3439

Next Steps

Ready to take the next step toward becoming a CBU student?
Schedule a visit, request more information, or apply online.