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Our Mission: The Department of Natural Science provides content rich curricula emphasizing depth of knowledge, critical thinking and application while fostering a strong sense of professionalism, service and responsibility to the scientific, public and education communities.

NWOSU's Department of Natural Science Welcomes You!


The Department of Natural Science at NWOSU offers coursework in Biology, Chemistry, and Physics with several NCA accredited major and minor degree programs to choose from.  In addition, the department works closely with the Department of Education to provide a CAEP accredited Natural Science Education program of study leading to state certification for pre-service secondary science teachers. 

Majors Offered

  • Biology
  • Biology (Health Science Option)
  • Biology (Natural History Option)
  • Chemistry
  • BSE Biology (Secondary Science Teaching Certificate)
  • BSE Chemistry (Secondary Science Teaching Certificate)
  • BSE Physics (Secondary Science Teaching Certificate)

Minors Offered

  • Biology
  • Chemistry
  • Physics

Why "Science" at NWOSU? 

  • Benefits of smaller class sizes and a tight knit faculty!
    • More 1-on-1 time with qualified faculty
    • Increased opportunities to complete independent studies and undergraduate research projects
    • Become involved with student clubs and outreach programs
  • Complete pre-requisite coursework for professional programs at a fraction of the cost!
    • Graduate School 
    • Allied Health 
    • Medicine
    • Optometry
    • Dentistry
    • Engineering
    • Pharmacy
    • And more!

For more information about departmental offerings, please contact the department chair, Dr. Steven Maier at (580) 327 - 8562 or by email at

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