Natural Sciences Department
The Natural Sciences Department includes multidisciplinary programs in biology, chemistry, physics, geology, geography and geographic information systems (GIS). The curriculum focuses on using scientific inquiry as a way of knowing and applying scientific knowledge to societal issues of local, regional, and global importance.
Through a recent partnership with the University of Minnesota-Duluth, the department has added a dual degree in Chemistry and Chemical Engineering program, in which students start at UW-Superior and seamlessly transition to the University of Minnesota-Duluth to complete their degree.
Faculty members have diverse teaching and research experiences that afford students research opportunities in the field and laboratory. Areas of specialty include microplastics research, geological and environmental research, honeybee preservation and ecology research, and more. These opportunities are often only found at much larger R1 universities, but at UW-Superior students can pursue their own original research or join studies being conducted by professors in a small, supportive environment – the ideal setting to prepare for graduate study and careers in the natural sciences field.
While researching colleges, I came across UW-Superior. I wanted to attend a university with a smaller campus, where I could get involved with everyone. I’ve found so many opportunities here that will help me succeed in my career.
At UWS, small class sizes were nice to have opportunities to work with professors either for extra help or to participate in a research project. I would not have had the same experiences at a large university.
I have had the privilege of working with several faculty members on various research projects, which have been very rewarding in guiding my future career plans. Small class sizes make it easy to get to know your professors in a way that would be difficult at larger universities.