Natural and Applied Sciences

BA in Natural and Applied Sciences

Career Options

Coordinator, College Science Lab
Science Lab Technician
Director, Hospital Laboratory Services
Water Quality Testing Lab Associate
Soil Conservationist
Science Tutor
High School Science Teacher
Middle School Science Teacher
Service Learning Coordinator
Medical Technologist
School Nurse
Research Technician
Lab Instructor
Medical Technician
Physician Assistant
Nurse Anesthetist
Environmentalist Technician
Laboratory Technician

Natural and Applied Sciences (NAS) Program graduates possess strong content background on the intersection of human and environmental health and experience with refined analytical reasoning skills. They are practiced in applied scientific techniques, data collection, and review; and demonstrate proficiency in clear, succinct, modern modes of communication.  The faculty of NAS apply several key themes associated with a transformative and useful liberal arts education in the sciences: Applied Laboratory Skills, Quantitative Analysis, Critical Thinking, and Effective Communication.

Study in the NAS Program provides a substantial foundation across the physical and life sciences while allowing the student, through judicious choice of electives, to focus their major along pathways suitable for entry into a variety of endeavors and fields including graduate and professional programs. Students can shape their learning to achieve careers in a variety of professions: biotechnology, conservation biology, epidemiology, environmental science, health fields including dentistry, medicine, nursing, pharmacy, or public health; laboratory management, molecular biology, natural resource management, occupational therapy, and secondary life sciences education.

Please visit the Office of Undergraduate Admission for application information.

Professional programs associated the NAS such as Teacher Education Certification and the MOT Jumpstart program have slightly different requirements and fewer elective options.

If you have questions regarding whether a particular class may be substituted for or meets a requirement, please speak with your advisor.


Students with extensive transfer credit may be granted waivers or course equivalencies for certain classes.  Discuss these options with your advisor.

NAS Required Classes (55.5 credits)

100 Level 25 credits

MAT 108  College Algebra     4 cr 
MAT 140  Pre-Calculus Mathematics  4 cr
SCI 113/114  Principles of Chemistry I and Lab 4 cr
SCI 115/116  Principles of Chemistry II and Lab 4 cr
SCI 105/106   Biological Principles I and Lab 4.5 cr
SCI 107   Biological Principles II w/ Lab 4.5 cr

200 Level 7 credits

LCC 230  Environmental Science, Policy, and Sustainability w/Lab
(NAS student waive LCC 130 and are required to take LCC 230)
SCI 209  Human Genetics   3 cr
SCI 252  Medical Microbiology w/Lab  4 cr

300 Level     14.5 credits

SCI 305  Molecular Physiology w/ Lab  4 cr
SCI 315  Environmental Health    3 cr
SCI 360  Sustainability Issues    3 cr
SCI 355  Ecology w/ Lab   4.5 cr

400 Level     3 credits  

SCI 440  Sustainability Projects    3 cr


Student Selected Electives           minimum 25.5 hrs

Of the remaining 120 credits required for graduation, students can choose electives to fit their desired academic outcomes. For a degree in Natural and Applied Sciences, this should consist of at least 9 credits of science and/or math courses and 9 credits being at the 300+ level. 

Total Credits Required 120 Credits 

NAS Recommended Sequence (* denote lab courses)




Year 1

MAT 108  (4)
SCI 105/106  (4.5)*
LCC 110/111 (3)
LCC 150 (3)

MAT 142  (4)
SCI 107  (4.5)*
LCC 123  (3)
Elective (3)


14.5 credit hours

14.5 credit hours

Year 2

SCI 113/114  (4)*
LCC 230 (4)*
SCI 209  (3)
LCC 220/320(3)

SCI 115/116 (4)*
SCI 252 (4)*
LCC 200 (4)
Elective (3)


14 credit hours

15 credit hours

Year 3

LCC 250  (3)
Cluster (3)
Cluster (3)
SCI 360 (3)
LCC 370 (4)

Cluster (3)
Elective (3)
Elective (3)
SCI 305 (4)*
SCI 369 (1.5)
SCI 413 (1.5)


16.0 credit hours

16.0 credit hours

Year 4

LCC 480 (3)
SCI 355 (4.5)*
SCI 440 (3)
Elective (3)
Elective (3)

SCI 315 (3)
SCI 447 (3)
Elective (3)
Elective (3)
Elective (3)


16.5 credit hours

15 credit hours


9 cr elective at 300 level

9 cr elective in science or math