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Department of Natural Sciences

SLU-Madrid’s Department of Natural Sciences is committed to fostering scientific literacy and training students in the scientific method of learning and research.

The department offers degree programs in biology, chemistry and environmental sciences that students begin in Madrid and then complete at Saint Louis University’s campus in St. Louis.

The department also organizes scientific activities (such as the National Science Award and Semana de la Ciencia) to promote science among Spanish high school students.

Graduates leave with a strong natural-science background, mathematical skills, and the ability to work independently, as well as excellent oral and written communication skills and problem-solving abilities.

Degree Programs

Biology

SLU-Madrid and the Department of Biology at SLU in St. Louis offer a Bachelor of Arts in Biological Science and five specialized B.S. degree program concentrations that allow biology majors to focus their degree programs on specific areas of study.

The SLU-Madrid biology academic curriculum is completely integrated with that of the College of Arts and Sciences of the St. Louis campus. You can transfer between the two campuses over the course of your undergraduate degree program. If you begin the biology program in Madrid, you will be required to transfer to St. Louis to complete your degree.

Upon transfer to the St. Louis campus, you’ll have the opportunity to work with the Missouri Botanical Garden, the St. Louis Zoo, the SLU School of Medicine, the Pediatric Research Institute and Cardinal Glennon Hospital.

Learn more about SLU's biology programs

Learn more about the minor in biology

Chemistry

SLU-Madrid and the Department of Chemistry at SLU in St. Louis offer the B.A. and B.S. degree programs. The B.A. program is ideal for students in pre-professional health programs or those interested in pursuing a double major. The B.S. program is certified by the American Chemical Society and places a heavy emphasis on coursework, lab work and research. SLU also offers programs in biochemistry.

SLU-Madrid chemistry academic curricula are completely integrated with those of the College of Arts and Sciences of the St. Louis campus. You can transfer between the two campuses over the course of your undergraduate degree program. If you begin the chemistry program in Madrid, you will be required to transfer to St. Louis to complete your degree.

Learn more about SLU's chemistry programs

Environmental Science

SLU offers both a Bachelor of Arts in Environmental Science and a Bachelor of Science degree in Environmental Science.

Students interested in pursuing graduate school in environmental science or working as environmental scientists are encouraged to pursue the B.S. degree, which requires an additional 14 credits of math and science coursework than the B.A. The B.A. degree is potentially more appropriate for students interested in pursuing a professional degree such as a J.D. or M.B.A., or for students who are more interested in the public policy associated with environmental science.

Life-long success in industry or graduate school requires more than a firm understanding of environmental science concepts and skills. Our graduates succeed because the environmental science curriculum provides experiences for them to develop strong written and oral communication skills in English and Spanish, well-balanced interpersonal skills suitable for working constructively within a team and practical laboratory skills.

SLU’s program offers students unique opportunities including:

  • Career mentoring to provide direction to students on suitable career paths
  • State-of-the-art facilities including computer classrooms and laboratories
  • Field trips such as the yearly oceanography expedition to the Mediterranean and a unique course Latin American environmental science
  • Faculty who combine academic knowledge and practical experience in Latin America and Africa, connecting environmental theory to global realities

Learn more about SLU's environmental studies program

Learn more about SLU's environmental studies program

Faculty

Our programs place you in a community of enthusiastic learners, working with faculty who are committed to excellent teaching, mentoring and scholarship in the natural sciences.