Program Description

The Natural Sciences Program emphasizes ecology-oriented areas of biology and field-oriented geology, particularly sedimentology, stratigraphy, and paleontology. Fieldwork is emphasized because it provides a first-hand experience with biological and geological phenomena that cannot be satisfactorily grasped or understood solely from classroom or laboratory study. Throughout the natural sciences curriculum, students are encouraged to develop an open-minded and investigative approach in the application of the scientific method to the resolution of biological and geologic problems. Consideration of multiple working hypotheses is encouraged.

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Program Length

2-5 Years

Possible Careers

The goal is to prepare students for effective careers in teaching or government.

Application Deadlines

Quarter Application Open Priority Deadline Final Deadline
Autumn of 2023 Aug 1, 2022 Jan 1, 2023 May 1, 2023

Admissions Requirements

Applicants must meet the general School of Science and Technology admission requirements. Acceptable undergraduate preparation includes a bachelor's degree in biology, geology, chemistry, physics, or other degree with typical biology and geology prerequisites.


The bachelor's degree must include:
  • courses in general ecology and physical geology
  • two quarters of college mathematics (calculus recommended)
  • one-year courses in:
    • biology
    • chemistry
    • physics

Some of these courses may be taken during residence at this University (LLU), with approval of the admissions committee.
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Expected Cost of Attendance

Academic Year 2017-2018

Year of Program: Year 1
Tuition $24,128
Fees $3,096
Books & Supplies $1,600
Misc (e.g., Boards, Licensing exam, Uniforms)
Total $28,824


Expected costs for the 2017-2018 academic year are based on full time attendance. From year to year, increases are anticipated consistent with inflation in the professional education sector.

Estimated Living Expenses

Academic Year 2017-2018, off campus, with a roommate

Year of Program: Year 1
Months enrolled 12
Room & Board $13,680
Transportation $3,780
Personal Expenses $1,740


  • Amounts are what a student can apply to borrow for the number of months shown in each academic year based on living off campus with a roommate and not with a relative.
  • International students need to calculate 12 months of living expenses based on the numbers listed here.
  • In general, to qualify for financial aid a student must be enrolled at least half time taking degree requirements. Half time is 6 units in a quarter for undergraduate programs and 4 units in a quarter for graduate programs.