Department of Natural and Physical Sciences
Program Fact SheetsView key information about each of the programs in the Department of Natural and Physical Sciences.
- Approximately 90 majors
- Five full time Biology faculty
- Bachelor of Science in Biology, offered in the 16-week, traditional mode-of-delivery
- Lab room designated for undergraduate research
- Omicron psi chapter of Tri Beta National Biological Honor Society
- Successful placement of graduates into research-intensive graduate programs and medical & veterinary schools
- Dr. Merlin Findlay instituted one of the first laboratory-based curricula in the United States upon his arrival to Park University in 1892.
- Approximately 30 majors
- Bachelor of Science in Chemistry, offered in the 16-week, traditional mode-of-delivery
- National Award Winning American Chemical Society Student Chapter
- 100% placement of 2010 graduating class in graduate programs or immediate employment.
- Two full-time faculty, 1 part-time faculty member, and 4 adjunct faculty. Student major to full-time faculty ratio: 15 to 1. All 300 level and above chemistry courses are taught full-time, terminal degreed faculty.
- Approximately 30 majors
- Bachelor of Science degree offered in the 16-week and Online
- GIS (Geographic Information Systems)
- Global Sustainability
- Faculty-Student ratio: 15 to 1
- GIS computer lab available to majors
- 61 credit hours focusing on the major divisions in the biological sciences the elective courses are then tailored to fit students’ interest for pre-med, field biology careers or laboratory based biology careers.
- Laboratory courses taught by full time faculty and are designed to provide exposure to current equipment and various research methodologies.
- Full time faculty supervising senior research projects, commonly presented at conferences by the undergraduate, which promote the development of critical thinking skills and further the development of research skills.
71 credit hours focusing on the major divisions in the chemical sciences.
- Organic: Focuses on carbon-based chemistry
- Analytical: Focuses on quantitative and instrumental chemical measurements.
- Inorganic: Structural and behavioral properties of non-organic.
- Physical: Investigation of the physics of chemical behavior.
- Electives can be tailored to fit student interest and professional goals.
- Hands on experience with instrumentation built into all advanced laboratory courses.
- Research and Internship experiences encouraged for those considering immediate employment in the chemical industry or continuing to graduate work.
- 5 core (required) courses: Cultural, Physical, Geographic Information Systems (GIS), North America, and Natural Disasters
- 6 major elective courses
- Internship in GIS course available
- All majors are required to complete a minor in order to provide a secondary field of expertise; students may choose from any of the minors offered by the university including those listed above.
- Award winning undergraduate conference presentations at the Missouri Academy of Sciences and Great Plains Honors Council
Internships have recently been done by our undergraduates at or for:
- Washington University
- University of Pittsburgh
- University of Kansas-Medical Center
- University of Missouri-Kansas City
- EPA (Environmental Protection Agency (Region 7 Office)
- Henry Doorley Zoo, Omaha
- Clay County Parks and Recreation
- Annual attendance at the Kenneth A. Spencer Award Colloquium and Banquet.
- Conference presentations (as undergraduates) at Missouri Academy of Sciences, Regional and National American Chemical Society meetings.
- Internships have been performed (to name just a few): Wichita State University, Environmental Protection Agency, Quest Diagnostics, Kansas City, Kansas, Criminal Investigation Department.
- Bi-monthly speakers from area graduate programs invited to speak to students about research
- Conference presentations (as undergraduates) at the Missouri Academy of Sciences annual meeting
Internships have been performed for:
- Environmental Protection Agency (Region 7 Office)
- National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (Central Region Office)
- Local county governmental offices (Clay, Jackson, and Platte)
- Harvesters Community Food Network
- Biology Club - Highway 9 clean up
- Biology Club - River clean up
- Graden Elementary Science Night
- Kids and Chemistry Demonstrations to local 5th grade classes
- Annual “Fright Night” Demonstrations and Chemical Magic Show
- GEO Club
- Host to the Kansas & Missouri Paleontological Society