Natural Sciences B.S.

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    Natural Sciences B.S.

    Take the first step toward a variety of career choices, especially in physics, environmental science, medicine or education, with a bachelor’s degree in natural sciences.

Explore the natural sciences bachelor’s degree program at the University of Alaska Anchorage

UAA’s B.S. in natural sciences is a flexible degree program that emphasizes the correlation between various scientific fields, with options in environmental science, pre-health professions and general sciences.

Natural sciences scholarships and financial aid
Visit the UAA Office of Financial Aid to find out ways you can get help paying for college.

Flexible options
This program provides flexibility in fulfilling degree requirements, so you can customize your plan of study to fit your academic interests and career goals. For example, you could combine the B.S. in natural sciences with a second major or minor in psychology, physics or math.

Academic advising
With so many choices, you may not always know what to do next — and that’s okay. Academic advisors in the College of Arts and Sciences and the Department of Biological Sciences will help you figure out the best options and classes for you.

Student clubs and professional organizations
Become a member of the American Academy of Developmental Medicine and Dentistry, American Medical Student Association and American Indian Science & Engineering Society, which have active student chapters at UAA. You can also join student clubs on campus, including Pre-Med Club, Emerging STEM Professionals and Wilderness Medicine and Rescue Club.

Natural Sciences B.S.

Degree Type:

  • Baccalaureate

Program Length: Four Years

Availability:Anchorage campus

Other program options: Environmental sciences, pre-health professions or general sciences

What can you do with a natural sciences degree from UAA?

Prepare for entry-level jobs in a variety of scientific fields or specialized studies in graduate or professional school.

Natural sciences graduate programs

  • Master of Arts in Teaching
  • WWAMI School of Medicine

Natural sciences careers

  • Health care
  • Teaching
  • Environmental science

Natural sciences bachelor’s degree program highlights

Learn to identify, devise and communicate scientific solutions to some of the world’s most common problems, such as global health, mining and oil, food subsistence and climate change.

  • Conduct scientific experiments in the lab and in the field. As a natural sciences major, you’ll be able to work on undergraduate research projects with faculty mentors in their labs.
  • Apply for your own grant funding through the Office of Undergraduate Research. You can develop and lead your own independent research project with financial support from the Office of Undergraduate Research.
  • Receive instruction from experienced faculty who bring innovative teaching practices to classrooms and labs. Their specialties include ecology, evolutionary biology, cell and developmental biology, physiological ecology of plants and animals, genetics and molecular biology.
  • Gain first-hand experience using state-of-the-art research and classroom technology. As a natural sciences major, you’ll have opportunities to collaborate with biology, chemistry, geology and physics majors in the ConocoPhillips Integrated Science Building.
  • Go beyond the classroom with experiential learning in the field. UAA’s location and proximity to complex ecosystems in extreme environments provide unique opportunities for field research in arctic regions, rural communities and more.

Amazing stories from natural sciences majors

My time was well spent at UAA, where I met and connected with some amazing people. The faculty in the science department are unrivaled in their ability to teach and inspire students, and they gave me the tools, both in the classroom and out, to pursue a graduate degree.

Sean Niekamp
B.S. Natural Sciences ’17; M.A.T. Graduate Student, University of Alaska Anchorage
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A collaboration between UAA’s science departments and related programs and offices, the annual STEM Day offers K–12 students free, hands-on activities, from lab demonstrations and planetarium shows to Baja car races, on the Anchorage campus.

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Alaska high school students interested in neuroscience — the nervous system — compete in UAA’s annual Brain Bee for a chance to win an all-expenses-paid trip to the National Brain Bee.

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Featuring a keynote address, poster fair, research presentations and awards ceremony, the annual event connects students, faculty and the community to celebrate undergraduate achievements across UAA.

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Natural sciences bachelor’s degree program curriculum

Complete a mix of core classes, electives and program requirements for your study option to prepare for a variety of academic and career pathways in the natural sciences.

What’s the difference between the natural sciences program options?

  • The general sciences option is best if you’re interested in exploring a variety of scientific fields or teaching science at the secondary level.
  • The pre-health professions option is designed to meet admission requirements for professional degree programs to help you get into medical, dental and veterinary school.
  • The environmental sciences option will help you qualify for graduate school or jobs in the private or public sector.

Top classes for natural sciences majors

  • Design and conduct your own science experiment in Principles and Methods in Biology.
  • Study microbial processes that affect local and global environments, including biogeochemical cycles and microbe-mineral interactions in Geomicrobiology.
  • Learn advanced computational theory and methods to understand complex biological systems in Experiential Learning: Bioinformatics.
  • Explore solar, stellar, galactic and extragalactic astronomy in Stars, Galaxies and Cosmology.