Natural Sciences

Bachelor of Science (BS)

Course List

The BS degree program in Natural Sciences offers concentrations in Biological Sciences and Chemistry & Biochemistry. Both programs offer rigorous preparation for careers in the sciences or requiring science foundations. The University’s proximity to the substantial San Diego life sciences and biotechnology industries affords ample opportunities for real-world experience and internship programs that complement classroom and laboratory instruction. The proximity of the Pacific Ocean also allows significant opportunities for learning and research in the marine sciences.


Biological Sciences

Biology is the study of life and living organisms in the broadest sense- including origins of life, biochemical principles, energetics, cellular organization, mechanisms of heredity and evolution, classification and levels of organization, organismal biology including surveys of plant biology and zoology, ecology and conservation biology. Students will explore unifying concepts in biological science while developing key investigative skills necessary for scientific exploration and hypothesis testing. Studying biology at the University of Saint Katherine provides a gateway to challenging opportunities in medicine and related healthcare fields, graduate study and research, teaching, and many industrial, agricultural and environmental applications.

The Biological Sciences concentration in the Bachelor of Science Natural Science Degree (BS) program is designed to build on a solid foundation in mathematics and physical science. Instruction is offered in the form of participation in the ongoing research programs of the faculty, as well as in coursework that emphasizes the general and fundamental properties of living organisms and research methods.

The faculty encourages participation in its research program and that that research participation should be a part of each student’s program of study. Students completing this concentration will prepare an undergraduate thesis. Research opportunities may be arranged with individual faculty members, or guidance may be obtained from a student’s individual faculty adviser. Students also have opportunities to participate in research activities with outside collaborating laboratories and research groups.


Chemistry & Biochemistry

Chemistry is often referred to as the central science because of its role in connecting the physical sciences with the life sciences and applied sciences such as medicine and engineering. You will find that to be true here at Saint Katherine College in our teaching and in our research which highlights connections to biology, bioengineering, and medicine.

By recognizing the dynamic nature of science, the Chemistry & Biochemistry concentration aims to lead in education and in research opportunities that extend beyond the traditional boundaries of chemistry. In this pursuit, our faculty, staff and students alike are committed to developing and using their creativity and critical thinking skills to achieve excellence in inquiry, discovery, application, and service. The concentration’s collegial spirit of respect and cooperation underlies and facilitates the many truly outstanding contributions to education and chemical research that we aim to achieve.

The Chemistry & Biochemistry concentration in the Bachelor of Science (BS) degree of Natural Sciences leads, especially when followed by graduate work, to careers in teaching and research at colleges and universities, in research for government and industry, in the operation and control of manufacturing processes, and in management and development positions in the chemical industry.


FACULTY

Helen Lee, MEd (ABD) (CSU), Assistant Professor*, Mathematics

Professor Lee graduated from Portland Concordia University with a Masters of Education with a concentration in mathematics education. She comes to USK with over 20 years of math teaching experience at both public and private institutions, and at all levels of learning. Professor Lee has served as Mathematics Department Chair, AVID leader and coordinator, and District Math Consult in Garden Grove, California. She is also proud to have served the community by teaching programs aimed at helping economically disadvantaged youth learn math. Professor Lee received her undergraduate degree at the University of California Irvine and completed a Single-Subject Teaching Credential at CSU Fullerton. She is working towards a doctoral degree in education.

Kelly DeGrassie, MS (UC Riverside), Assistant Professor*, Mathematics

Professor Kelly DeGrassie earned a BS and an MS in Physics from the University of California, Riverside. After completing her master’s degree, she began teaching math at Whittier Christian High School in Orange County. She later developed and taught the college prep physics course for high school. She has also taught physics for Riverside Community College. She particularly enjoys helping those with low math confidence succeed.

Frank Papatheofanis, MD, MPH, PhD (Illinois, Johns Hopkins), University Professor

His research career began in the Department of Neurology at the University of Chicago. He subsequently directed the Biomaterials and Bioengineering Laboratory in the Department of Orthopaedics and served as Assistant Research Professor at the University of Illinois where he earned a doctorate in biochemistry and a medical degree; he then completed postgraduate residency training and served as chief resident in the Department of Radiology at Loyola University Medical Center. He also completed advanced training in health policy and economics and earned the Master in Public Health (MPH) degree at Johns Hopkins. Papatheofanis subsequently completed graduate studies (MLitt Divinity) in theology at the University of St Andrews (Scotland). He founded and directed the Advanced Medical Technology Assessment and Policy Program at UCSD where he also directed the Science, Technology and Public Affairs Program, was attending physician in radiology, and served on the faculty for over 15 years. Dr. Papatheofanis serves as editor, editorial board member, and peer reviewer for many leading professional publications. He is the author or co-author of over 200 scientific and medical peer-reviewed publications, chapters, and books; he is emeritus editor-in-chief of the peer-reviewed journal, Risk Management and Health Policy. His research currently focuses on interdisciplinary learning and Christian higher education.

The BS degree program in Natural Sciences offers concentrations in Biological Sciences and Chemistry & Biochemistry. Both programs offer rigorous preparation for careers in the sciences or requiring science foundations. The University’s proximity to the substantial San Diego life sciences and biotechnology industries affords ample opportunities for real-world experience and internship programs that complement classroom and laboratory instruction. The proximity of the Pacific Ocean also allows significant opportunities for learning and research in the marine sciences.