The Division offers Bachelor of Science degrees in biology, chemistry, computing, environmental science, mathematics, and radiography. The Division also offers a Bachelor of Arts degree in natural science. All bachelor degrees are designated to provide the knowledge base for advanced study. Courses typically required for successful application to graduate and professional schools are included. Knowledge and skills in the correct usage of science instrumentation are emphasized for depth of learning and for possible employment opportunities in each major. Successful completion of a comprehensive experience is required for graduation in both the Bachelor of Science and the Bachelor of Arts degrees. Options for satisfying this requirement may involve research, writing or examination.
The Division offers two associate degrees and one certificate program. A two-year Associate of Science in natural science degree is offered. This major consists of courses typically required for application in some applied science and health fields, some of which award certification rather than a bachelor’s degree. Degree programs for which this major serves as desirable for application include physical therapy and physician assistant. Depending on the desired field, additional science courses may be required. A two-year Associate of Science degree is also offered in computer science. In addition, there is a 30-hour certificate program in computer science offered which requires no liberal studies component.
Seven teaching specializations in science and mathematics areas are available to fulfill the requirements for a major in education. In the Natural Science Division an atmosphere is created to foster both formal and informal learning opportunities. The laboratory component of courses is considered vital for effective integration of knowledge as well as developing a sense of inquiry. Learning through the use of instrumentation is a primary focus of science learning. Student research is encouraged through both on campus and off campus formats. A three course sequence, Research Methods is used to introduce the concept of scientific research from creating a bibliography to presentation. This three course sequence is a required component of all bachelor degree majors.
The mission of the Alderson Broaddus University Natural Sciences Division is to provide our students with a high quality education that will prepare them for success in their chosen careers or advanced studies. Graduates of the Natural Sciences Division are well-rounded citizens, who demonstrate high levels of technical competence and strong moral and ethical values.