Academics

Natural Science

The Natural Science program at Concordia University Chicago is a package of courses designed for the student whose academic or professional plans require a broad base of science courses.

If you’re interested in pre-professional studies, particularly in the health sciences, you may decide to choose this undergraduate major, as most medical, dental and veterinary schools do not require specific majors in biology and chemistry.

Program Overview

At Concordia University Chicago, you will not sit in lecture halls with hundreds of other students. Instead, science classes are small and encourage hands-on learning. Such small class sizes allow professors to get to know you and help you directly, whether for a class assignment or with a decision regarding your future. Because natural science is a combination of other sciences like chemistry and biology, our faculty come from a variety of backgrounds. You will also be encouraged to explore the many possibilities the Chicago area has to offer. 

General Course Information

You can choose to earn a bachelor of arts degree in natural science by taking a selection of biology and physical science courses, as well as choosing to concentrate in two areas among biology, chemistry, earth science and physics.

Students specifically interested in medical school or other professional health schools are encouraged to consider majoring in natural science, biology or chemistry. Also recommended are selected courses in physics, English, psychology, sociology, the humanities and mathematics. Prospective professional schools should be consulted for their specific requirements.

For details about required courses, please visit our online catalog.

Opportunities

You can take part in opportunities such as Aqualytica, part of the Concordia University Chicago Student Operated Undergraduate Laboratory (SOUL) program. Aqualytica is a community outreach water testing laboratory designed to give students the opportunity to serve community residents by providing analysis of local water samples while gaining real-world experiences in the process.

Along with departmental offerings, Concordia-Chicago science students participate in consortium-type seminars and special topics courses through the Associated Colleges of the Chicago Area (ACCA), a partnership of 15 liberal arts universities and government laboratories along with learning at such institutions as Chicago’s renowned Shedd Aquarium and the Morton Arboretum.

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