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Natural Sciences Department

Fact Sheets


UW-Superior offers a pre-medicine focus within the Department of Natural Sciences at UW-Superior, which prepares students for careers in health care such as medicine, dentistry, pharmacy, or veterinary medicine. Students in the health professions are a diverse group with varied backgrounds and interests; however all schools with professional programs seek similar characteristics in their applicants. Whereas professional schools do not require a specific major or minor, students in the health professions are strong students academically with a demonstrated ability in science and math. UW-Superior can lay the groundwork for pre-med students to succeed with exceptional faculty knowledge of these subjects. Furthermore, health professional students are self motivated, responsible, and enthusiastic leaders with a commitment to helping others.

Physics - Minor

UW-Superior offers a physics minor that provides students with a strong background in areas such as mechanics, electricity and magnetism, thermal physics, optics and quantum mechanics. This minor is a good complement to majors in chemistry, biology or mathematics. The physics minor also offers an option that can be used to earn certification to teach high school physics. Students pursuing this option must also meet the professional educational requirements offered by UW-Superior’s Teacher Education Department.

Geology - Earth Science Minor

UW-Superior offers two options related to the field of geology. First, our earth science minor provides an introduction to the areas of geology, environmental geology, surficial processes and hydrology. Classes in chemistry, ecology and geographic information systems supplement these courses for completion of the minor. This minor is attractive for students interested in areas such as hydrogeology and environmental remediation. Second, we offer a water resource management minor that enables students to study one year at Vermilion Community College in Ely, Minn., then complete their studies at UW-Superior. This is an excellent opportunity to combine a major in biology or chemistry with this 22-credit minor that includes courses on geology, chemistry and biology.

Geography - Minor

Geography (Liberal Education) has many specialized fields and exciting career opportunities. A minor in geography can complement and enhance virtually any major area of study, but is particularly popular with communications, political science and legal studies, history, and all areas related to international study and business.

Biology - Ecology, Aquatic Biology and Fishery Science Focus

UW-Superior biology major offers a focus in Ecology, Aquatic Biology and Fishery Science. This is an ideal option for students interested in careers in terrestrial ecology, aquatic and marine biology, field biology, resource management or environmental education. Faculty expertise and the resources of the Lake Superior region contribute to the quality of this program, which emphasizes fieldwork and undergraduate research.

Biology - Plant Sciences - Focus

The Plant Sciences Focus at UW-Superior is a hands-on study program for students wanting real-world experience working with plants in natural and greenhouse environments.

Biology Degree - Major or Minor

A Biology Degree from UW-Superior will provide you with a strong foundation in basic biological principles. Pursure your career goals through focuses in Ecology, Aquatic Biology and Fishery Science, Cell/Molecular Biology, Plant Sciences, Pre-Professional Studies and Secondary Education. The biology program also offers a “dual degree” option in forestry. Students can work closely with faculty in planning their academic programs, in pursuing classroom and lab work, and in research. The biology degree program emphasizes fieldwork and research.

Chemistry - Forensic Chemistry - Concentration

UW-Superior offers a challenging concentration in Forensic Chemistry. This area of chemistry is of interest to many people, in part due to the success of the popular TV programs (such as Cold Case Files and the CSI series) where methods of Forensic Chemistry are used to solve crimes. Interestingly, the success of these TV series also increases the need for specialists in forensics because prosecutors find juries increasingly demanding that excruciatingly convincing proof of guilt (obtained using forensic science methods and techniques) be produced to obtain a conviction. The U.S. Department of Labor and the American Chemical Society are both optimistic about the job prospects for forensic chemists.

Chemistry - Major or Minor

UW-Superior offers a challenging major in chemistry that provides students with several options, depending on their career goals. Students majoring in chemistry may seek jobs as professional chemists or teachers after they graduate, pursue advanced degrees in graduate school, or use their degree as the foundation for attending medical or veterinary school. The one-on-one attention students receive provides the opportunity to develop deeper scientific insights, sharpen their independent thinking kills, and gains hands-on experience.

Aerospace Studies and ROTC

Air Force Reserve Officer Training Corps is a four-year leadership development program that prepares students to become Air Force officers. Students study Air Force history, leadership and management, professionalism, national defense policy and international relations. Graduates of the program enter the Air Force as second lieutenants.

Applied Geographic Information System (GIS)

UW-Superior’s GIS minor is intended to serve students who are majoring in biology, transportation, social sciences, educations, computer science, political science, history, geography, and others. The Applied GIS minor has been designed to meet this growing demand and it designed by professional to graduate professionals in this field. The Applied GIS minor is being launched at UW-Supeiror to bring students quickly up to speed on the technology. It’s mainly designed to help the students of different disciplines learn and acquire advanced technical skills that they can immediately apply in the workplace.

Biology - Cell/Molecular Focus

UW-Superior biology program provides a broad foundation in all aspects of biology. The Biology majors who focus on Cell/Molecular Biology study basic life processes at the molecular level. Through learning in the classroom, laboratory training, and research experience, they are engaged in asking and answering questions about fundamental molecular processes. Courses in this focus expose students to a variety of techniques and areas of study, and also provide opportunities for independent research. Students who focus on Cell/Molecular Biology often go on to graduate, medical or professional schools, or work in the pharmaceutical or biotechnology industries.

Biology - Broad Field Science - Major

Broad Field Science is a comprehensive liberal arts major. It is open to everyone, but generally is used by students planning to pursue a career in teaching science at the high school level. It includes course work in biology, chemistry, earth science and physics.

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