Welcome to the homepage of the Natural Sciences Department at Shawnee State University!


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The Department of Natural Sciences prepares students for the challenges of the 21st century. This mission is accomplished:

  • For science majors, through degree programs that provide depth and breadth in scientific learning, experience with modern technologies, and opportunities in undergraduate research and field studies.
  • For students majoring in science-related disciplines, through service courses that provide science content and develop technical competence.
  • For science majors and general education students, through courses that promote an understanding of scientific reasoning and methodology.

    The Department of Natural Sciences offers modern instrumentation, including GC-MS, HPLC, AA, UV-Vis, FTIR, NMR, compound and dissecting microscopes for the life sciences, and polarizing microscopes for geological studies.

    For the premedical studies student, the Department offers several advanced human anatomy electives rarely available at the undergraduate level. Instructional physics labs are equipped with Macintosh computers for collecting and processing data. The Department maintains, for the use of all natural sciences students, a lab containing ten computers and a laser printer.

    In 1998, Shawnee State University was selected as a seismic station for the Division of Geological Survey of the Ohio Department of Natural Resources. The seismic station is housed in the Department of Natural Sciences. In addition, the Clark Planetarium is maintained by a department faculty member.

    For More Information
    Andy Napper, Ph.D., Chairperson
    Sharon Messer, Secretary

    Department of Natural Sciences
    Shawnee State University
    940 Second Street
    Portsmouth, Ohio 45662-4344
    Phone: 740.351.3456
    Fax: 740.351.3815
    E-mail: smesser@shawnee.edu or science@shawnee.edu


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