Department of Natural and Physical Sciences
About the Department
From our chemical and biological make-up to the ways humans interact with the rest of the world, the Department of Natural and Physical Sciences is perfect for any Shepherd student wishing to gain a deeper understanding of the scientific world.
We offer a variety of major and minor programs and concentrations, so you have the freedom to specialize your education. Hands-on learning opportunities—offered through our labs, technology and equipment, and greenhouses—are combined with a diverse and knowledgeable faculty to create a personal, advantageous, and state-of-the-art learning experience.
Biology, B.S. | Chemistry, B.S. | Environmental Studies, B.S.
Biology | Chemistry | Environmental Studies | General Sciences | Geographic Information Systems | Physics
Pre-Dentistry | Pre-Medicine | Pre Veterinary Medicine
Our university’s location provides valuable internship and career opportunities through institutions such as the National Institute of Health, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration, and the National Cancer Institute. We also prepare students for graduate and professional study, with our students continuing their academic careers at Cornell University, John Hopkins University, and West Virginia University.
Mikhaela Ferguson ‘24 | Summer 2023 Intern with Research Experience for Undergraduates through the National Science Foundation
Biology major, minors in environmental studies and education
“After I graduate from Shepherd, I plan on pursuing a PhD and working in research. I want to go into microbial ecology, so the background in biology and environmental studies has been crucial in giving me both a conceptual knowledge base, as well as lab and field research skills that will be helpful in my career. Outreach and science education skills are also incredibly important. I believe that having a liberal arts experience has given me a more holistic perspective in my education, helping me improve as an individual as well as a student.”