Faculty in the Department of Natural Sciences will develop your appreciation for scientific thought, methods, and reasoning through classroom teaching, mentoring relationships, and investigatory research. By the means of faith and science, you will be challenged and supported to master the skills necessary for a variety of professions. Our programs will provide you a climate in which to excel and to prepare for acceptance into competitive graduate and professional programs, or for immediate entry into the workforce, as demonstrated by the high success rates of our graduates.

Whereas our preparation is exemplary for any of the pursuits mentioned above, a hallmark of our department is our tradition of excellent pre-professional training and a track record of extremely high acceptance rates into a broad range of professional schools. In these tracks, aligning your specific curriculum and other educational experiences with the entry requirements for the particular field or school is even more important than the name of the major. In other words, we have a few different degree programs that can serve as a stepping stone toward a professional career. But here are the pre-professional tracks listed by career focus:

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Take a quick tour of the Science and Math Complex, home to the Department of Natural Sciences.
Natural Sciences

Liezl Theron

Liezl Theron came to Lee from Pretoria, South Africa, to double major in biological science and chemistry. Even though her Lee journey started off different than most, Liezl has found a second home within the community. “I was in South Africa when I started my first semester at Lee in August 2021 because of Covid restrictions, but when I finally got to Lee that October, I was greeted with the warmest welcome by my Gateway class.” Liezl is a member of the Women’s Track and Field team, where she has earned many awards, including the 2021-2022 GSC Field Athlete of the Year and 2023 Indoor GSC Most Outstanding Player. Upon graduation from Lee, Liezl plans to continue her studies to one day become a doctor.