The School of Natural Science—through its programs and faculty— has a mission to foster a general knowledge of natural science as it influences daily living; to train students in the areas of science and mathematics to advance scientific literacy; and to prepare students for advanced education at the graduate and professional levels.
I wish to send a very warm “welcome” to all of our students as we prepare for the 2014-’15 academic year. It is my pleasure to work with the students, faculty and staff of the Kosair Charities College of Health & Natural Sciences. We collectively strive to provide outstanding classroom educational foundation and unparalleled community and health care clinical experiences.
If you are in search of a meaningful career which makes a difference in peoples’ lives, there is no more vibrant a place than Spalding University. - Joanne Berryman, Ed. D, MSN, RN, FACHE - Dean, Kosair Charities College of Health & Natural Sciences
The School of natural science presents new prescribed tracks of study in pre-medicine, pre-dentistry, pre- pharmacy, pre-veterinary, and pre-physical therapy, in addition to the traditional tract leading to a BS in natural science.
The new degree tracts focus students wishing to enter professional schools along a pathway that will prepare them for the standardized tests and entrance requirements. New opportunities are being developed for internships for each track so that students can be immersed into their chosen field of study. The Bachelor of Science in Natural Science is an interdisciplinary degree, which provides comprehensive education in the natural sciences. This multidisciplinary approach educates a student in a wide breath of scientific knowledge in the major fields of biology, chemistry, physical sciences, and mathematics. This degree emphasizes lifelong learning skills including oral and written communication, critical thinking, problem solving, acquiring and creating knowledge, and working as part of a team. These abilities are invaluable to students upon entrance into the work force or into graduate or professional degree programs. A degree in natural sciences prepares students for interdisciplinary graduate programs focused on the high tech sector, as well as provides pre-professional curricula for students who wish to pursue medicine, dentistry, veterinary, optometry, pharmacy school or other allied health fields.
Our post-baccalaureate certificate program is designed for qualified college graduates who wish to pursue additional course work in preparation for a career in healthcare including: medicine, dentistry, pharmacy, veterinary medicine, nursing and other allied health fields, physical and occupational therapy.
It’s also for students who want to enhance their credentials in preparation for graduate education or K-12 teaching.
With a wide range of class offerings, the course of study is flexible and can be tailored to your academic background. The post-baccalaureate certificate will strengthen your academic credentials for professional school application or employment.
Enhance Your Academic Standing
Through the completion of upper division science and math courses, the post-baccalaureate certificate program in natural science can help you to enhance your undergraduate GPA or BCPM (Biology Chemistry Physics Math) GPA prior to taking the MCAT, DAT, PCAT, or GRE and applying to professional or graduate school.
Change Your Career
If you have a bachelor’s degree in a non-scientific field, the natural science certificate provides the prerequisite courses necessary for admission to professional school or professional certification programs. The post-baccalaureate certificate can help you transition into Spalding’s second-degree nursing program or occupational therapy master’s program.
At Spalding, all courses are taught by faculty members, not graduate students. Within the School of Natural Science, the faculty is actively involved in advising and mentoring students. “The professors really cared about me,” said BS in Natural Science degree recipient Matthew Bormann. “I could go to their offices at any time to get help with school work.” Advisors in the School of Natural Science have instructional experience in medical, dental and graduate programs, thus providing specific insight for mentoring students working to gain admission to any health care professional program.
The School of Natural Science has dedicated classroom and laboratory space to teach and train our students in the fundamental knowledge and hands-on skills of science. All classrooms are fully-equipped with smart technology. The labs include cadaver dissection capacity for anatomy and physiology, instrumentation facilities for chemistry and physics, as well as a dedicated tissue-culture lab. New equipment includes a GC/ mass spectrometer and fluorescent microscopes with digital imaging capabilities.
Career opportunities in natural sciences
The Bachelor of Science in Natural Science degree is designed to meet the needs of students who are interested in careers in teaching, scientific research, and healthcare. Students can combine a degree in natural sciences with education so that you can become part of a new teaching force to help raise middle and high school students’ science and math literacy.
Graduates of Spalding’s Natural Science program are prepared for specialized training at the graduate level, including scientific research and teaching at the college level—both career fields are growing as career professionals reach retirement age leaving a large number of vacancies in the next decade. Similar shortages are occurring in medical and dental professions, especially in the area of academic dentistry. Kentucky medical schools are gearing up to increase class size to train more physicians. Additionally, there is a need to train 3,000-10,000 more physicians annually to meet the increase in health care demands of aging Americans. A recent study documented a severe shortage of pharmacists across the state and nation.