Whether your next step is a graduate degree or in a profession such as medicine, as a science major at Dominican you will have an important edge in the achievement of your educational and career goals.
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Undergraduate students gain an understanding of the fundamental concepts of the scientific method, laboratory techniques, and the ability to use scientific literature to inform their research.


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Students take their learning to our living classroom, the local California coastline, where they engage in hands-on experiments with crustaceans and sea life.


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Graduate programs in Biological Sciences and Clinical Laboratory Sciences provide a diversity of academic, research and professional opportunities.


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The Dominican Pre-Med Mentor Program gives undergraduates the opportunity to experience firsthand a typical day in the life of a Kaiser Permanente doctor.



Our 35,000 square foot science and research center houses more than 30 classrooms and labs with state-of-the-art equipment.



At Dominican, you will have the opportunity as early as your freshman year to get involved in a research experience working closely with one of our faculty. This will allow you to discover your passions and test your interests before deciding to pursue a career in science or a science related career like health care.

Professor Kenneth Frost
Department Chair
Natural Sciences and Mathematics


Laboratory experience gives you the advantage of knowing how to structure an experiment, use laboratory equipment, record results, analyze data, and present your findings for peer review.  You will gain professional credentials by presenting research findings at conferences, and co-authoring scientific papers with Dominican faculty for publication.  As an undergraduate, you will also have the opportunity to study abroad in a global field biology course, visiting ecologically sensitive sites like sub Saharan Africa or the Great Barrier Reef.

These opportunities are bringing more and more students to Dominican to study the sciences, and have led our students to graduate successfully at a much higher rate than the national average.

Dominican undergraduate science majors have been accepted into summer intern programs at Harvard University, Stanford University, the National Institutes of Health, and others.  And Dominican graduates are working for prestigious institutions like the Human Genome Project, the La Jolla Cancer Research Foundation, Genentech, and the United States Park Service

Take a look at the engaged and experiential learning taking place in the Department of Natural Sciences and Mathematics.  

Offered Majors

  • Biological Sciences (BA/BS)
    General Biology Major
    Integrative Biology Emphasis
    Ecology and Environmental Sciences Emphasis
    Molecular Cell Biology Emphasis
    Organismal Biology Emphasis
  • Chemistry (BA/BS) 
    Chemistry Major (BA/BS)
    Chemistry Major with Biochemistry Emphasis (BS)
    Chemistry Major with Environmental Chemistry Emphasis (BS)

Offered Minors