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School of Natural Sciences


The School of Natural Sciences prepares students for a variety of exciting careers.

The curriculum in the School of Natural Sciences at the University of Central Missouri is designed with core competencies that will provide you with a knowledge base of scientific principles and methodologies and broad course offerings that provide integration, in-depth study, and an opportunity for specialization within the different degree emphases. Because of the diversity of programs and the wide range of career options, faculty advisors assist you in designing an academic program to prepare you for a specific career path or further study at graduate or professional schools.


Student centered hands-on learning opportunities

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Agriculture Program

Our outstanding facilities include two university farms designed for both interactive labs and student projects, a greenhouse/nursery complex, and an open computer lab. Hands-on experience is essential in agricultural study, and as a student in our program, you will have ample opportunity to gain that experience.

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Biology Program

We foster scientific literacy through field and laboratory experiences, classroom activities, and seminars. You will have the opportunity to actively engage with faculty and assist in areas of research suitable to their scientific interests. 

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Chemistry Program

Highly skilled faculty, newly renovated classroom and research laboratories, a strong emphasis on undergraduate research, and the chance to engage in social and academic activities through the student chapter of the American Chemical Society are just a few of the amazing opportunities awaiting you.

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Numerous scholarships are available specifically for science and agriculture majors.  In addition, there are paid opportunities to work as an undergraduate lab assistant.  For a full list of scholarships visit

Research Opportunities

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Our faculty are actively engaged in research and work with both undergraduate and graduate students. Undergraduate students may apply for research funding through the Undergraduate Scholars Grant. If you are interested in becoming involved with research as an undergraduate, please begin the process by contacting a faculty member to serve as a research mentor. Our faculty members share their research interests on their faculty pages. Please use the link above to learn more about the Undergraduate Scholars Grant.

Honors College

You have access to dedicated funding for research and/or creative activities undertaken in conjunction with your Honors Project. Additionally, you are encouraged to attend the “Developing an Honors Project” session each fall and spring semester. 

All Honors College students in good academic standing are eligible for up to $1000 in allowable and justified expenses essential to the successful execution of the project. Please note that this amount is contingent upon university budget allocations and subject to change.

For additional details, take a look at our FAQs.



A student-centered program which integrates excellent teaching, research, scholarship, and service to prepare for future success.




School Chair

Dr. Scott Lankford
School of Natural Sciences
WCM 306A
Tel: (660) 543-8827
Fax: (660) 543-4355

Office Professional

Glenda Carmack
School of Natural Sciences
WCM 306
Tel: (660) 543-4933
Fax: (660) 543-4355


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