About the Department

At Dominican, we offer high quality academic programs in Biology, Chemistry, and Mathematics that will prepare you for entrance into professional and graduate schools, immediate employment in a wide range of careers in the natural sciences, or career enhancement.


About the Department

A few years ago, Dominican launched an ambitious campaign to expand its science program. While the sciences are essential to the liberal arts education Dominican offers all students, the University wanted to add more opportunities for students pursuing careers in science and medicine. For these undergraduates, the opportunity to take part in scientific research and gain professional credentials could help determine their choice of career, which advanced degree to pursue, and even where they gain admission for graduate study.


What you will learn

  • an understanding of the fundamental concepts 
  • scientific methods, laboratory techniques 
  • the ability to use scientific literature as well as sensitivity to the interrelationship between science and human values

How you will learn

  • Infusing technology into all courses
  • Maintaining standards for teaching and learning that support personal and intellectual growth
  • Engaging students in a culture of critical thinking and scholarly inquiry
  • Emphasizing the connections between scientific knowledge and professional practice and knowledge of the liberal arts
  • Providing experiences that enhance multicultural understanding, global awareness, and environmental responsibility
  • Seeking extramural funding to enhance the academic programs
  • Reflecting diversity in our staff, faculty, students, and course offerings



"After a while, you stop seeing a professor at the front of the classroom. Instead, you see a friend who wants to help you succeed and achieve your best." 

—Rocky Chavez, MD, NSM Alumnus

General Biology Major
Integrative Biology Concentration
Ecology and Environmental Sciences Concentration
Molecular Cell Biology Concentration
Organismal Biology Concentration

Chemistry (BA/BS) 

Chemistry Major (BA/BS)
Chemistry Major with Biochemistry Concentration (BS)
Chemistry Major with Environmental Chemistry Concentration (BS)

Offered Minors