The BS degree program in Natural Sciences offers concentrations in Biological Sciences and Chemistry & Biochemistry. Both programs offer rigorous preparation for careers in the sciences or requiring science foundations. The University’s proximity to the substantial San Diego life sciences and biotechnology affords ample opportunities for real-world experience and internship programs that complement classroom and laboratory instruction. The proximity of the Pacific Ocean also allows significant opportunities for learning and research in the marine sciences.
Biology is the study of life and living organisms in the broadest sense- including origins of life, biochemical principles, energetics, cellular organization, mechanisms of heredity and evolution, classification and levels of organization, organismal biology including surveys of plant biology and zoology, ecology and conservation biology. Students will explore unifying concepts in biological science while developing key investigative skills necessary for scientific exploration and hypothesis testing. Studying biology at the University of Saint Katherine provides a gateway to challenging opportunities in medicine and related health care fields, graduate study and research, teaching, and many industrial, agricultural and environmental applications.
The Biological Sciences concentration in the Bachelor of Science Natural Science Degree (BS) program is designed to build on a solid foundation in mathematics and physical science. Instruction is offered in the form of participation in the ongoing research programs of the faculty, as well as in course work that emphasizes the general and fundamental properties of living organisms and research methods.
The faculty encourages participation in its research program and that that research participation should be a part of each student’s program of study. Students completing this concentration will prepare an undergraduate thesis. Research opportunities may be arranged with individual faculty members, or guidance may be obtained from a student’s individual faculty adviser. Students also have opportunities to participate in research activities with outside collaborating laboratories and research groups.
CHEMISTRY & BIOCHEMISTRY
Chemistry is often referred to as the central science because of its role in connecting the physical sciences with the life sciences and applied sciences such as medicine and engineering. You will find that to be true here at Saint Katherine College in our teaching and in our research which highlights connections to biology, bioengineering, and medicine.
By recognizing the dynamic nature of science, the Chemistry & Biochemistry concentration aims to lead in education and in research opportunities that extend beyond the traditional boundaries of chemistry. In this pursuit, our faculty, staff and students alike are committed to developing and using their creativity and critical thinking skills to achieve excellence in inquiry, discovery, application, and service. The concentration’s collegial spirit of respect and cooperation underlies and facilitates the many truly outstanding contributions to education and chemical research that we aim to achieve.
The Chemistry & Biochemistry concentration in the Bachelor of Science (BS) degree of Natural Sciences leads, especially when followed by graduate work, to careers in teaching and research at colleges and universities, in research for government and industry, in the operation and control of manufacturing processes, and in management and development positions in the chemical industry.