The mission of the Department of Natural and Applied Sciences is to provide students with a broad-based contemporary program of study, which will provide them with the necessary technical and intellectual skill sets needed to work as scientific professionals in the 21st century, to develop scientific and mathematical competency for students pursuing science education, and to meet the needs of all students at the University of Dubuque for quantitative skills, scientific literacy, and an understanding of scientific processes. 

The Department of Natural and Applied Sciences offers the following majors and minors:
Biology (Major, Minor)
Chemistry (Major, Minor)
Environmental Science (Major, Minor)
Natural Resource Management (Minor)


Biology is the study of life and the diversity of living organisms and ecological systems. At the University of Dubuque, your studies will take you into the world of cell and molecular biology, ecology, evolution, and organismal biology.

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Chemistry is a foundational study of the exciting properties, interactions, and transformations of matter. At the University of Dubuque, your studies will take you into the "central science" through the exploration of analytical, environmental, physical, organic, and biochemistry.

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Environmental Science

Environmental Science is the study of the interactions of the physical, chemical, and biological components of the environment. At the University of Dubuque, your studies will take you into the intersecting worlds of ecology, environmental chemistry, hydrology, GIS, remote sensing, fish and wildlife management, and environmental toxicology.

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Natural Resource Management (MINOR)

The Natural Resource Management minor is an interdisciplinary program combining basic management skills (Department of Business and Accounting) and science (Department of Natural and Applied Sciences). It is designed for students whose career interests are in government agencies, graduate programs in natural resources, or opportunities in nonprofit organizations.

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