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 Concentration.

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Majors & Concentrations


Bachelor of Science in Biology


Bachelor of Science in Biology with a concentration in Chemistry

Computer Science

Bachelor of Science in Computer Science


Bachelor of Science in Cybersecurity

Exercise Science

Bachelor of Science in Biology with a Exercise Science concentration

Health Systems (Nursing Track)

Bachelor of Science in Biology with a Health Systems concentration

Natural Sciences (Engineering Track)

Bachelor of Science in Biology with a Exercise Science concentration


Bachelor of Science in Biology with a Pre-Professional concentration

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

Career Paths & Courses

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 concentration 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 concentration 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 concentration 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:

  • Chemical 
  • Civil 
  • Electrical
  • Mechanical

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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 demonstrate safe and appropriate laboratory techniques such
    as: proper use of microscope, effective use of pipetting, filtrate, titrate, prepare media, practice sterile techniques, staining process, purify enzymes, centrifuge, and blotting techniques.
  2. The learner will understand core concepts of Biology, such as cellular structure and function, information transfer and gene expression, energy information, and biology of organisms and their symptoms.
  3. The learner will be able to compile peer-reviewed journals, articles, scientific reports, data and scientific theory, concerning a current biological question, into a scientific presentation and paper in which they explain the data and theory at a professional level.
  4. The learner will be prepared for entrance into the career field of study or graduate school or professional program in the biological sciences.
  5. The learner will understand positive and negative physiological adaptations associated with both sedentary and physically active life styles, and how these adaptations affect health, wellness, and physical activity.
  6. The learner will understand cellular metabolic pathways and the regulation of key enzymes in those pathways.
  7. The learner will understand how the environment influences plant growth and crop yields and ways to modify the environment to improve plant growth and yields.
  8. The learner will develop general knowledge in the biological sciences, including the fields of physical science, life science, animal science or plant science.
  9. The learner will understand and analyze biological, chemical, and/or physical systems and their connections.

Computer Science: 

  1. The learner will be exposed to and develop proficiency in a variety of programs including Python, Django, HTML5, CSS3, Javascript, C, and MySQL.
  2. The learner will develop an understanding of the functions of a computer such as how hardware works and how a compiler communicates information.
  3. The learner will understand how to use data structures and algorithms and how to apply them to real life situations.
  4. The learner will develop an understanding of product launching and lifecycles.
  5. The learner will be able to identify and investigate threats and vulnerabilities in computer systems and gain the tools and resources to effectively address them.
  6. The learner will be prepared for national exams such as the CCFE and CEH exam.

Cyber Security:

  1. The learner will display critical thinking and problem skills in relation to a wide range of Cybersecurity challenges.
  2. The  learner  will be able to analyze and investigate cyber attacks and their aftermath
  3. The  learner  will display the ability to communicate technical concepts to both technical and non-technical stakeholders effectively.
  4. The  learner  will be prepared to adapt to emerging threats within their field.

Natural Sciences: 

  1. The learner will evaluate and investigate scientific content in a manner consistent with adequately written and verbal communication.
  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 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

Associate Professor of Chemistry

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Mr. Fuller Ming Jr.

Chair of the Department of Computer Science
Associate Professor of Computer Science

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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.