Academic Programs


The School of Natural Sciences offers courses and academic programs in Biology, Chemistry, Environmental Sciences, Biochemistry, Pharmaceutical Chemistry, Marine Biology, Cosmetic Science, Science, and Pre-Professional programs that prepare graduates for careers and further study in many related professions.

The Biology program curriculum is designed for students who plan to attend graduate school  and for students who wish to prepare for admission to a school of medicine, dentistry, optometry, pharmacy, osteopathy, podiatry, veterinary medicine or chiropractic, as well as those not planning to take an advanced degree in biology. Students should consult the catalog of the school they plan to attend in order to include in their undergraduate programs any special prerequisites not included in the biology curriculum. The pre-professional adviser helps students prepare for entrance into their desired professions.

The Bachelor of Science with a major in Chemistry program is designed for students who plan to enter graduate school or the chemical industry and for pre-professional students preparing for admission to a school of medicine, dentistry or veterinary medicine. The Bachelor of Science with a major in chemistry program is particularly well suited to premedical students.

The B.S. in Biology and Marine Biology has a concentration in Environmental Sciences. In addition to content of the major, technical electives dealing with the environmental subjects such as hazardous waste management and environmental planning and construction, place heavy emphasis on the basic sciences. A certain degree of flexibility is allowed to tailor the program to individual career goals. This degree is designed for students interested in careers in applied environmental work.

The emphasis of the Biochemistry curriculum is at the chemical and molecular level and is strongly based on a chemistry foundation. It is designed for meeting the entrance requirements for medical and dental schools and to prepare the students for careers in biochemistry and for graduate study in this important area.

Pharmaceutical Chemistry program is designed to fulfill the practical and intellectual needs of chemists pursuing research and development careers within the pharmaceutical industry. For those without industrial experience, the program can help launch a career in the pharmaceutical industry. It is also geared to current technologists aspiring to supervisory roles in the laboratory or plant.

The Marine Biology curriculum fulfills basic requirements for admission into graduate and professional schools. It also may serve as a terminal degree, with which to enter the job market.

Today, FDU’s Cosmetic Science program continues to fulfill the needs of those responsible for creating commercial products in the cosmetics, toiletries, and fragrance industries. It enables practitioners to learn the latest advances in their field and helps students to develop advanced skills that can lead to senior assignments in the cosmetics industry. It is also geared to technologists aspiring to supervisory roles in the laboratory or plant. For those without industrial experience, the program can launch a career in the cosmetic industry.

The Science program is a multidisciplinary, offering student maximum flexibility. The study of mathematics, for example, may be adjusted students’ academic objectives. The curriculum can meet the entrance requirements for medical or dental school.

The Pre-Professional curricula at FDU allow high school students to earn their bachelor’s and professional doctoral degrees in one year less than in traditional programs. Among the combined degree programs with professional schools are B.S./M.D., B.S./D.D.M., B.S./D.D.S., B.S./D.C., B.S./D.Ph., B.S./O.D., B.S./D.P.M.,B.S./D.V.M.While in these programs, students are guaranteed admission into professional schools, provided they maintain appropriate academic standards.