About the Department

The Department of Natural Sciences provides students with courses and degree programs in a range of subjects, including biology, chemistry, and environmental sciences. Our curriculum is designed to train and equip you with the knowledge you need to contribute to the intellectual, economic, and cultural development of our region.

Field Trips

Each year, the Department of Natural Sciences takes a field trip to a predetermined destination to explore and learn about the natural landscapes and habitats of the area. Past field trips have taken students and their professors through several states across the upper Midwest.

Fall: Geology of Central North Dakota
This field trip is held every two years in conjunction with GEOL 311 – Process Geomorphology. Students spend a day visiting sights between Dickinson and Minot, learning about the geology of this portion of North Dakota.

Fall: Soils and Geology of the Red River Valley
This field trip is held every two years in conjunction with SOIL 444 – Soil Genesis and Survey. Students spend a weekend in the Fargo area investigating the various geologic environments created by Glacial Lake Agassiz and the soils associated with them.

Fall: Geology of the North Unit of Theodore Roosevelt National Park
This field trip is held annually in conjunction with GEOL 105 – Physical Geology. Students spend a day in the North Unit learning about the formation of the badlands and the unique landforms found within them. The relationship between landscape position and ecosystems is also addressed.