College of Natural Sciences

Welcome to the College of Natural Sciences at Grand Canyon University — a vibrant community of learners, innovators and problem solvers. As scientists engaged in teaching and discovery within an intentionally Christian institution, we strive to provide ample opportunities for our students to integrate faith across all aspects of science.

Whether you aspire to heal the sick, explore the complexities of life, or tackle pressing global challenges, the College of Natural Sciences programs at GCU can be your gateway to possibilities to make a difference in the world. Join a supportive and knowledgeable community of faculty, students and alumni who share your passion for science.

Our education also nurtures and supports One Foundation, our statement for providing ethical decision-making within our Christ-centered natural science curriculum.

The College of Natural Sciences is an academic community dedicated to supporting, engaging and empowering each student with the knowledge and skills to be innovative, entrepreneurial and impactful leaders. By integrating scientific discovery and a Christ-centered culture, we provide all students the opportunity to transform the world, promote human flourishing, and glorify God through their service to others.

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STEM Degree Programs

Prepare to challenge your intellect, expand your horizons and contribute to the ever-evolving field of natural sciences by exploring the wonders of the physical universe, the intricate processes of life and the mysteries of the natural world. Exploration, discovery and innovation are the cornerstones of your experience in the College of Natural Sciences at GCU.

Whether your plans include furthering your education or seeking a job after your undergraduate degree, GCU has the programs and resources available that can lead you toward a career path in a variety of areas, such as:

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  • Biological science
  • Biology/pre-health
  • Chemistry
  • Environmental science
  • Exercise science
  • Forensic science
  • Molecular and cellular biology
  • Nutrition

Challenge Yourself in Natural Sciences Minors

Foster curiosity, critical thinking and enhance your expertise by exploring our academic minors programs. Natural science minors programs can provide a distinct edge in your desired field. Choose a minor that complements your major or pursue a personal passion alongside your degree.

Discover Diverse Disciplines in GCU's College of Natural Sciences

The College of Natural Sciences comprises a wide array of individual disciplines, each contributing to the advancement of scientific knowledge and understanding. Tailored to accommodate your individual interests and career ambitions, our college offers specific disciplines that include:

  • Anatomy
  • Biochemistry
  • Biology
  • Chemistry
  • Ecology
  • Environmental science
  • Exercise science
  • Genetics
  • Microbiology
  • Neuroscience
  • Nutrition
  • Physics
  • Physiology

In nearly every discipline, you can utilize laboratories and specialized equipment to enhance your educational experience beyond the confines of the classroom. Many college students choose to participate in on-campus programs to prepare for graduate opportunities and present their research at conferences enabling them to showcase their research findings on both local and national levels. Learn more about the opportunities available for discovery, research and making a positive impact on the world around us.

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The education you receive from the College of Natural Sciences is held to the highest standards of quality and excellence. GCU’s accreditation with the Higher Learning Commission (HLC) serves as a testament to our commitment to delivering a rigorous and up-to-date curriculum, knowledgeable faculty and comprehensive student support services.


We understand that financial considerations play a crucial role in your decision-making process, and our commitment to transparency ensures that you have the information you need to make informed choices. GCU provides you with tools and resources that can help you understand your costs for college. Look through our tuition rates and fees, as well as our scholarships and grant opportunities.

Our commitment to providing tailored educational experiences means that the admission requirements for each program may reflect the specific demands of that field of study. Whether you’re intrigued by our undergraduate offerings or pursuing an advanced in-person or online science program, visit our admissions and requirements page to gain a comprehensive understanding of the prerequisites for admission.

Unlock your potential in natural sciences by qualifying for the Tiffany D. Mealman Scholarship for Women Excellence in Chemistry and Christian Character.

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Integration of GCU’s Christian Identity in Curriculum

Faculty in the College of Natural Sciences have integrated the Christian worldview into many of the courses within each science major. Instructors frequently present how scripture ties into the daily topics or use Christian tenets as a foundation for discussion and examination in the classroom and in assignments.

GCU’s fundamental mission is to serve, and in doing so, to spread the Word and the good works for which it provides. Students in the College of Natural Sciences programs have abundant opportunity to provide service to the larger community and to become leaders. Students might find themselves at ease collaborating within peer groups comprising of individuals from a wide array of diverse backgrounds. Within every science major, an emphasis is placed on communication, recognizing its paramount importance across various science professions. However, most significance lies in the bedrock of scientific thought: critical thinking. This involves delving into concepts from diverse angles, fostering innovative ideas, and ultimately contributing maximum societal value.

The College of Natural Sciences embraces the goal of aiding each student in the development of their own model of integration of faith and science. While in no way restricting the teaching of scientific foundations, our faculty are adept at providing examples of integration that allow students to be fully comfortable as both scientists and Christians. When thoroughly exploring God’s creations, students may find that their faith can be strengthened by both the material and the examples set by our knowledgeable faculty.

Each of the in-person and online natural science degree programs can prepare students for careers of service. Whether your goal is to care for patients, maintain or improve health and performance, serve justice, protect and repair the environment or develop new understandings of the world around us, each science student is on a trajectory to enhance human flourishing.