Department of Natural and Physical Sciences

Program Fact Sheets

View key information about each of the programs in the Department of Natural and Physical Sciences.

Biology

General Information
  • 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.

Chemistry

General Information
  • 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.

Geography

General Information
  • Approximately 30 majors
  • Bachelor of Science degree offered in the 16-week and Online
  • Minors available:
    • Geography
    • Geoscience
    • GIS (Geographic Information Systems)
    • Global Sustainability
  • Faculty-Student ratio: 15 to 1
  • GIS computer lab available to majors

Curriculum
  • 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.

Curriculum
  • 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.

Curriculum
  • 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.

Professional Networking
  • 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

Professional Networking
  • 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

Professional Networking
  • 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

Service
  • Biology Club - Highway 9 clean up
  • Biology Club - River clean up

Service
  • Graden Elementary Science Night
  • Kids and Chemistry Demonstrations to local 5th grade classes
  • Annual “Fright Night” Demonstrations and Chemical Magic Show

Service
  • GEO Club
  • Host to the Kansas & Missouri Paleontological Society


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