Department of Natural and Life Sciences

Prepare for a Degree in the Vast Field of Science

A degree in science can lead you to many exciting careers. It’s up to you to choose your path. Perhaps you want to work in a pharmaceutical lab or process crime scene evidence. Maybe you want to start the journey toward medical or veterinary school. Whatever you choose, St. Andrews University has a degree for you. Our department of Natural and Life Sciences prepares students for the workforce or for professional and graduate programs. You’ll get hands-on experience that will set you apart from other applicants as you graduate and take the next steps toward your dream career. Our programs are also rich with opportunities for study abroad and real-world internships. You’ll truly receive an education like no other at St. Andrews. Schedule a campus visit if you’d like to learn more.

Our Natural and Life Sciences Degree Programs

Explore the degree programs available in our sciences department and find one to help you succeed in your future career:

Biology: Our biology program gives you a comprehensive education that sets you up for success in graduate programs like medical or veterinary school, or graduate studies in biology.

Equine Science: Get hands-on experience to prepare you for veterinary school by enrolling in our equine science program. You’ll learn in the classroom then experience it first-hand at our 300+ acre equine facility.

Biomedical Sciences: A degree in this area prepares you for entry-level positions in the health science field, as well as covers requirements for professional schools like medicine, dentistry, pharmacy, physician assistant, occupational therapy, and physical therapy.

Forensic Science: Students get real-world experience to teach them the proper techniques to analyze and process trace evidence. They’ll also get a thorough background in other areas like law, courtroom procedures, and more to help support a future career.

Psychology: Beginning with your very first class, you’ll get hands-on experience by getting the opportunity to be involved in research. This will give you a competitive advantage upon graduation as you make your next steps in life.

Chemistry: Dive deep into the study of chemistry and biochemistry, studying scientific literature, and participating in undergraduate research. With your degree, you’ll be ready to enter the workforce or continue your education in graduate programs.

Mathematical Sciences: Develop reasoning and critical thinking skills to help you solve real-world problems. This program immerses students in hands-on learning, allowing them to discover, communicate, and fully understand even the most complex mathematics.

Important Information for Professional and Graduate Programs

Even if you plan to continue your education beyond an undergraduate degree, you have to start somewhere. Our undergraduate programs in science set you up for success in many graduate and professional programs. If you’re planning to continue to one of these programs, you’ve got to have all the information to ensure you’re prepared. We’ve compiled a list of facts and links to get you started on the right path. Read on to learn more.

MCAT – Medical College Admission Test

Required by almost all medical schools, the MCAT tests students for skills in physical sciences, verbal reasoning, biological sciences, critical analysis, and reasoning. Most students will take this exam during the spring semester of their junior year in college, but preparation should begin as early as the summer after your sophomore year. Learn more about the exam by visiting the Association of American Medical Colleges website.

AMCAS – American Medical College Application Service

This application service is a great tool for those students applying to medical school. The AMCAS helps student submit one application that will then be sent to multiple schools. Many medical schools will then send the student supplemental application materials to complete. It’s important to note that not all schools use the AMCAS, like many schools in Texas. They instead use the Texas Medical and Dental Schools Application Service (TMDSAS). Individual medical schools set application deadlines, so be sure you check each one to ensure you don’t miss any dates.

Additional Helpful Links for Pre-Med and Pre-Professional Students

General Medical Sites:

The American Medical Association

The Association of American Medical Colleges

The Road to Becoming a Doctor

Specialized Medical Sites:

The American Dental Education Association

The American Dental Association

The American Public Health Association

The Association of Schools of Public Health

The American Osteopathic Association

The American Association of Colleges of Osteopathic Medicine

The Association of Schools and Colleges of Optometry

The American Academy of Optometry

Preparatory Sites for Placement Exams:

MCAT: Medical College Admission Test

The Official MCAT Web Site

Kaplan Preparatory Courses

DAT: Dental Admission Test

Barron’s DAT Test Prep and Practice

ScholarWare’s DAT Computer Sample Tests and Guide

PCAT: Pharmacy College Admission Test

ScholarWare’s PCAT Computer Sample Tests and Guide

OAT: Optometry Admission Test

ScholarWare’s OAT Computer Sample Tests and Guide

Summer enrichment programs

Summer undergraduate research programs