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About the Division

The Division of Natural Science and Mathematics consists of four departments; Biology, Chemistry, Earth and Physical Science,and the Mathematics Department. The Division offers BA/BS degrees in Biology, Chemistry, Earth Science, and Mathematics. The Division also offers minors in the above areas including a Physics option.

Mission Statement:

The Natural Science & Mathematics Division provides one of the components in the liberal education of Western's students and makes available a variety of courses and programs for those who need more advanced training in the natural sciences and mathematics. This parallels Western's mission which is to provide its students with a general education and meet the specific needs of those pursuing teaching, professional and technical careers.

Division goals:

  • To ensure excellence by continuing to implement assessment procedures for major and minor programs;
  • Maintain quality instruction in the science portion of Western's Liberal Arts Core Curriculum;
  • Ensure a quality science education for those students who will be teachers;
  • Incorporate curricular flexibility to prepare students for the scientific challenges of the 21st century.

Visit our department web sites for more information on our programs.

Mailing Address:

Division Of Natural Sciences & Mathematics
Western Oregon University
345 N. Monmouth Ave.
Monmouth, Oregon 97361

Division Chair: Dr. Steve Taylor
email: taylors@wou.edu

Office Coordinator: Jean Stuntzner
email: stuntznerj@wou.edu

Office Location: Natural Science Building, NS 104

(503) 838-8206 | fax (503) 838-8072 (fax)

Deparment Heads:

Biology Dept. Chair Erin Baumgartner

Earth and Physical Science Dept. Chair Jeff Templeton

Chemistry Dept. Chair Arlene Courtney

Mathematics Dept. Chair Scott Beaver


Division of Natural Sciences and Mathematics (503) 838-8206 | or e-mail: taylors@wou.edu

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