Pennsylvania College of Technology's Natural Sciences Department goal is to not only provide students with scientific knowledge, but also to inspire students to wonder and be amazed by the world around them. As far back as Aristotle, humans have sought to understand their world. The need to understand why things behave in a certain way, and trying to link observation with prediction, has always been the catalyst for progress and change. We pride ourselves in small student-to-faculty ratios in all classes. Most students have the same instructor for lecture and lab, and we utilize state-of-the-art equipment in both lecture halls and laboratories.
The Natural Sciences Department is a vital part of the School of Sciences, Humanities & Visual Communications and consists of three major curricular areas:
The department also offers traditional, interdisciplinary, and specialized courses in Geology, Environmental Science, Physical Science, Astronomy, Forensic Science, and Weather and Climate.
About the curriculum
Biology course descriptions
Welcome to biology: the science of life!
Biology is an exciting and growing field with many opportunities for careers in genetics, microbiology, immunology, and entomology. Penn College is an excellent place to start, since we have small class sizes and modern laboratories. Lecture sections never exceed 48 students, and lab classes never exceed 24 students.
We have four fully-equipped labs and three lecture rooms. Each lecture hall has a full complement of multi-media apparatus to make your learning experience as enjoyable and exciting as possible. Join us, and take one of our many fine courses, such as:
Chemistry course descriptions
Did you ever wonder what was in your drinking water? What makes water hard or soft? How does the salt on the road help “melt” the ice? For that matter, why does salt “eat” your car? Why is the ozone hole disappearing? These are just a few questions that can be answered by knowing a little chemistry.
At Penn College, we offer a wide range of chemistry classes that meet the needs of all our students. If you’ve never had chemistry, you can be introduced to the subject by taking General Chemistry. On the other hand, if you find chemistry as exciting as we do, then you might want to take Organic Chemistry I and Organic I Lab. For those pursuing degrees outside the science field, you may elect to take Chemistry and Society online. These are just a few examples of the chemistry courses that the Natural Sciences department offers.
Physics course descriptions
The physics "department" is not a department in and of itself, but rather a subdivision of a larger scientific community at the College called the Department of Natural Sciences.
We have two physics labs each with six computers and interfaces containing software for obtaining and analyzing data and connecting to the Internet. One of the lecture halls is equipped as a multi-media room with Internet access and computer projection capabilities. Lecture courses are usually limited to 40-48 students, and laboratory sections are limited to 20-24 students.
Penn College offers general science courses in addition to biology, chemistry and physics. These courses are generally used by students to fulfill their science electives.
Some areas of interest include:
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Earth Smart Club
Earth Smart is the Penn College biology and environmental technology club. Its goal is to promote environmental issues - both on campus and in the community - through activities such as Earth Day.
For information about the club, or about membership in the club, contact David Evans.
The mission of the Natural Sciences Department is to broaden students' critical thinking, problem-solving and technical skills, intellectual perspectives, and appreciation for life-long learning.