Science Department

The York University's science department:

  • Gives students an awareness of the world in which we live and our responsibilities as inhabitants of this world.
  • Contains dynamic faculty that instruct and mentor students.
  • Prepares graduates with analytical and critical thinking skills necessary for most scientific careers.
  • Boasts graduates who have been accepted into some of the country's top universities and programs for the health professions and other graduate studies. Includes career preparation as physicians, veterinarians, optometrists, physician assistants, pharmacists, chiropractors, nurses, and more.
  • Develops an appreciation for our scientific heritage and the value of science as processes that are useful to our understanding of our world and ourselves.
  • Allows for any of these bachelor degree majors to be obtained with an Athletic Training Emphasis.


Certification Areas


Bachelor of Science in Biology


Bachelor of Science in Biology with a chemistry emphasis

Computer Science

Bachelor of Science in Computer Science


Bachelor of Science in Cybersecurity

Exercise Science

Bachelor of Science in Biology with a Exercise Science emphasis

Health Systems (Nursing Track)

Bachelor of Science in Biology with a Health Systems emphasis

Natural Sciences (Engineering Track)

Bachelor of Science in Biology with a Exercise Science emphasis

Plant Science

Bachelor of Science in Natural Science


Bachelor of Science in Biology with a Pre-Professional emphasis

For those interested in earning a Master of Arts in Education degree, more information can be found on our York University Online page.

Bachelor of Science in Biology provides significant career options including:

  • Various Medical fields
  • Laboratory work

​Aside from graduate studies in biology, other advanced study options include:

  • Medicine
  • Veterinary Medicine
  • Optometry
  • Physician Assistant
  • Pharmacy
  • Chiropractic
  • Nursing


Some of the courses you may take include:

  • College Biology
  • General Zoology
  • General Botany
  • Medical Terminology
  • Nutrition
  • Cell Biology
  • Human Anatomy & Physiology I/ II
  • General Microbiology
  • Developmental Biology
  • Genetics

Degree Plan

Bachelor of Science in Biology with an emphasis in Chemistry provides career options in:

  • Forensic Science
  • Chemical Analysis and Research
  • Environmental Research
  • Pharmaceutical Research
  • Quality Control
  • Safety Analysis

Aside from graduate studies in chemistry, other advanced study options include:

  • Medicine or related health professions
  • Research
  • Education
  • Dentistry
  • Pharmacy


Some of the courses you may take include:

  • College Chemistry I/II
  • Organic Chemistry I/II
  • Physical Chemistry I/II
  • Biochemistry

Degree Plan

Computer Science is one of today’s most in-demand fields. With over 700,000 tech jobs currently open and an average expected salary of $105,000, software developers are desperately needed across most industries. 

Bachelor of Science in Computer Science provides career options as a:

  • Computer Programmer
  • Web Developer
  • Software Developer
  • Computer Systems Engineer
  • Database Administrator
  • Business Intelligence Analyst


Some of the courses you may take include:

  • Internet History, Technology and Security
  • Programming
  • Web Development
  • Data Structures
  • Hardware I-Inside of a Microprocessor
  • Algorithms
  • Product Development
  • Application Development

Degree Plan

Our Cybersecurity program prepare students for exciting and challenging careers working in modern organizations that leverage security orchestration, automation, and response platforms to automate and streamline their operations.

Students who complete the Bachelor of Science in Cybersecurity degree will be well positioned to obtain a number of certifications which will increase their employability, including Certified Ethical Hacker, Certified Information Systems Security Professional, and Certified Forensic Examiner.

Career opportunities include: 

  • Network and Systems Engineering
  • IT Manager
  • Database Specialist
  • Information Security Analyst
  • Network Administrator


Some of the courses you may take include:

  • Business Computer Applications
  • Introduction to Criminal Justice
  • Introduction to Cybersecurity
  • Cybercrime and Governance
  • Modern Cybersecurity
  • Network and System Security
  • Cyber Forensics
  • Ethical Hacking
  • Technical Writing
  • Principles of Management

Degree Plan

The Bachelor of Science in Biology degree with a emphasis in Exercise Science couples a foundation of science and human movement to explore the positive and negative responses and adaptations of the human body in exercise, nutrition, rest and injury. This degree also prepares students who are interested in post-graduate studies.

A Bachelor of Science in Biology with an emphasis in Exercise Science science provides significant career options including:

  • Allied Health Services
  • Sports, Fitness and Wellness
  • Recreational Industries


Some of the courses you may take include:

  • General Biology
  • Microbiology
  • Genetics
  • Human Anatomy
  • Human Physiology
  • Chemistry
  • Nutrition​
  • Theory of Lifetime Fitness
  • Exercise Physiology
  • Kinesiology
  • First Aid and CPR
  • Care and Prevention of Athletic Injuries
  • Medical Terminology

Degree Plan

The 3+1 program allows students to get the full York University experience for three years before starting Creighton University's Accelerated Bachelor of Science in Nursing (ABSN) program at CHI Health St. Francis in Grand Island, Nebraska. 

  • Three years at York University, one accelerated year at Creighton University
  • Creighton University College of Nursing’s ABSN Program enrolls students for 12 months. Students enroll in 58 credit hours over three semesters
  •  Students have the opportunity to graduate with two degrees in 4 years: a Bachelor of Science in Biology with a concentration in health services and a Bachelor of Science in Nursing  from Creighton University.
  • As freshmen, students may be admitted into the ABSN program at Creighton at the same time as admission to York University.
  • Criteria for admission for transfer students (or students seeking program admission at some point after admission as a freshman) will be evaluated on an individual basis.

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Through the Dual-Degree Natural Science Program, students will be able to earn a Bachelor of Science in Natural Science from York University ​while also earning a Bachelor of Science from an engineering program at another university that has been approved by the Accreditation Board of Engineering and Technology (ABET).

Graduates of the dual degree major are highly sought after, as they are liberally educated engineers. Dual degree students possess strong communication and problem-solving skills, and a broad background in the humanities and social sciences, as well as high-quality technical education.

The partner schools will offer a variety of engineering specializations including:

  • Electrical 
  • CMI 
  • Computer
  • Environmental
  • Mechanical
  • Biomedical
  • Chemical
  • Systems

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The Bachelor of Science in Biology with a concentration in plant science, will prepare students for exciting opportunities in the field of science.  A degree that is focused on providing the world's need for food, fuel, and fiber. Students in the area of plant science will gain knowledge in skills surrounding plant systems, crop production systems, agricultural technology, as well as, crop, soil and water management

A Bachelor of Science in Biology with a concentration in Plant Science provides significant career options including:
  • Crop Producers
  • Regulatory Agencies
  • Agronomic Product Sales
  • Plant, soil and biotechnology laboratories
  • International Missions


Some of the courses you may take include:

  • Chemistry
  • Soil Structure
  • Nutrition
  • General Microbiology
  • Genetics​
  • Animal Science
  • Plant Science
  • Environmental Science
  • Genetics
  • Field & Horticulture Production 

Degree Plan


In addition, the Natural Sciences Department also offers a Bachelor of Science in Biology emphasizing in the following pre-professional concentrations:

  • Pre-Chiropractic
  • Pre-Dentistry
  • Pre-Medicine
  • Pre-Optometry
  • Pre-Pharmacy
  • Pre-Physical Therapy
  • Pre-Veterinary Medicine

Degree Plan

  1. The learner will investigate, evaluate, comprehend and communicate scientific content
  2. The learner will understand and analyze biological, chemical, and/or physical systems.
  3. The learner will demonstrate safe, responsible, and ethical laboratory techniques.
  4. The learner will be prepared for entrance into the scientific field, or graduate school, or professional programs


Science Faculty 

Dr. Bryan Kretz

Chair of the Division of Science and Mathematics
Assistant Professor of Biology

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Dr. Milton D. Eckhart

Associate Professor of Biology

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Dr. Terence McAuley Kite

Professor of Physics

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Dr. Josephine Schamp

Assistant Professor of Chemistry

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S.T.E.M Society

The goal of this student lead club is to provide additional opportunities for students who are pursuing careers in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics. The S.T.E.M. Society encourages students to engage with STEM outside the classroom and organizes activities for further exploration.