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The School of Biological and Physical Sciences offers several comprehensive programs that prepare students to enter into the job market competitively at the bachelor level or to further their education in either graduate or professional school.

Degree Offerings

Our Veterinary Technology curriculum provides students with the requirements necessary to sit for the Veterinary Technician National Examination (VTNE). Upon successful completion of the VTNE, and registration with the State Board of Veterinary Medicine, the graduate will be credentialed as a Registered Veterinary Technician (RVT).

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This degree program is pending official approval by the Louisiana Board of Regents.

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The Bachelor of Applied Science (BASRM) is a degree that blends business courses and curricula of a Resource you wish to Manage.  This degree is primarily designed for students that have completed sixty hours of course work and/or have an Associate or Bachelor’s degree, but this is not a requirement for admission into the program.

After completing the University Core requirements, all BASRM students must complete a core of twenty-one credit hours.  These courses are designed to prepare you to enter the workforce with basic management knowledge.  The remaining curriculum hours will be devoted to course work in the area in which you wish to devote your career.  The following are the areas of possible management in which you can choose to concentrate:

Human Resources (258A) – for students who are interested in leadership and general work management

Industrial Technology Manufacturing (258B) – for students who are interested in supervision, quality control, and supply chain management

Unified Public Safety (258C) – for students who are interested in strategic planning for disaster response, public organizations, and strategic planning.

Culinary Science* (258D) – for student who are interested in the fundamentals of culinary arts with cross training in production and microbial safety.

Environmental Science* (258E) – for students who are interested in working in the agronomic sector and upon completing specified course work will have the background to enter agricultural-related governmental services such as NRCS.

*Courses for these concentrations require courses taken on an NSU campus.

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Our Biology curriculum starts with a “core biological sciences curriculum” consisting of three survey courses with companion laboratories and a senior-level course in primary scientific literature review.  The survey courses provide students with a broad and basic understanding of the fundamental fields of modern biology including cell and molecular biology, anatomy and physiology, genetics, microbiology, botany, invertebrate and vertebrate zoology, ecology and evolution.

Upon completion of these survey courses, each biology major MUST choose to pursue one of the following five CONCENTRATIONS to allow students with different interests to obtain the proper training necessary to pursue their specific career goals:

  • Biomedical (618M) – for students who are interested in pursuing employment or graduate degrees in medicine, dentistry, allied health sciences, pharmacy, or biomedical research.
  • Clinical Laboratory Sciences (618T)– for students who are interested in pursuing employment in medical technology.
  • Forensic Science (618R)– for students who are interested in pursuing employment in crime laboratories or law enforcement agencies.
  • Natural Science (618N)– for students who are interested in pursuing employment or graduate degrees in natural resource or wildlife management, zoology, or ecology.
  • Veterinary Technology (618V) – for students who are interested in pursuing employment or graduate degrees in veterinary medicine.
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Our Physical Sciences curriculum, starts with a science core of Chemistry, Physics, Biology, and Mathematics courses which allow students to develop a broad understanding of basic principles in each of these fields of science.  The students must then further their studies in either Chemistry, Physics, or Mathematics with an additional 21 semester hours of upper level courses selected to prepare the student for either the workforce or professional school.

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Current Students


  • The number of students needing to take some courses is so great, that we have to offer multiple “sections” of those courses. These sections are all equivalent in terms of the material covered in the class but differ in their meeting time/place and instructor.  You only need to take ONE section for each course.
  • Sections denoted as ##N are taught face-to-face on the Natchitoches campus.
  • Sections denoted as 45N or higher are night classes (the class begins AFTER 5:00 pm and typically meet only once a week).
  • The following abbreviations are used for the days of the week:
    • M – Monday
    • T- Tuesday
    • W – Wednesday
    • R – Thursday
    • F – Friday
  • Most lecture classes are worth 3 credit hours and most laboratory classes are worth 1 credit hour.
  • Most lecture classes (except for night classes) meet two or three times a week. The total time a class meets during a week is the same regardless of the number of times it meets in a week.
    • A class that meets on MWF will meet for 50 minutes, three times a week.
    • A class that meets on TR or MW will meet for 75 minutes, twice a week.
  • Most laboratory classes meet only once a week for 2-3 hours at a time. These lab classes are always in the afternoon/evening.
  • You need to register for AT LEAST 12 credit hours for the semester to be considered a full-time student (i.e., qualify for financial aid/scholarships, etc.)
  • Your first semester, we recommend that you take no more than ~15 credit hours.
To determine who your academic advisor is:

  1. Log on to myNSU (https://my.nsula.edu).
  2. Click on the NSU Connect icon (the purple icon with the white puzzle piece).
  3. Click on the “Student” link.
  4. Click on the “Student Records” link.
  5. Click on the “View Student Information” link.
  6. Select a term and then click submit. The name of your academic advisor should be listed as your “Primary Advisor”.

Once you have identified your advisor, you can find his/her contact information here.

If your advisor is not listed, please contact Ms. Stephanie Stanton, stantons@nsula.edu, (318) 357-5323, or Dr. Francene J. Lemoine, lemoinef@nsula.edu, (318) 357-5805.

What is the American Society for Microbiology (ASM)?

Microbiology is a diverse discipline and the American Society for Microbiology (ASM) serves as the primary organization that microbiologists join.  ASM has several subsections each dedicated to a particular facet of microbiology.  You may find out more information about ASM by visiting their website asm.org. The Northwestern State University ASM chapter is an organization for students that have interest in Biology, specifically microbiology.   The NSU chapter of ASM is a nationally recognized college chapter.

How will joining NSU’s ASM Chapter benefit me?

The ASM chapter at NSU has informal social events and projects that benefit the School of Biological and Physical Sciences’ students and particular those specializing in microbiology. Fundraisers are conducted with proceeds usually going to sponsor a noted figure in the field of microbiology to a guest lecture.  Students in ASM have a close association with each other and foster lasting friendships with each other as well as the faculty.

Who should join ASM?

Students who are interested in any area of microbiology, would like to participate in projects that benefit the school/departmental student body, and would like to generate interest microbiology should consider joining ASM.

What are ASM’s membership requirements?

To become an ASM member, you must meet all of the following criteria:

  • be an undergraduate student majoring in Biology or minoring in microbiology
  • have taken or are enrolled in BIOL2060 (Microbiology I)
  • be a student in good academic standing at Northwestern State University

How do you join the NSU Chapter of ASM?

If you are interested in joining the NSU chapter of ASM or would like additional information about our organization, please email:

Dr. Mike Land at land@nsula.edu.

What is Beta Beta Beta?

Beta Beta Beta is a society for students, particularly undergraduates, who are dedicated to improving the understanding and appreciation of biological study and extending the boundaries of human knowledge through scientific research.  It was founded in 1922 by Dr. Frank G. Brooks for a group of his students at Oklahoma City University.  Since then, there have been more that 430 chapters established around the United States.  Northwestern State University’s local chapter, the Delta Theta Chapter, was founded in 1949.

How will joining Beta Beta Beta benefit me?

Beta Beta Beta is a wonderful honors society that rewards students who are sincerely interested in the biological field.  It provides a great environment in which you can make new friends, excel in the life sciences, collaborate with students and professors on research projects, and advance your professional career.

Who should join Beta Beta Beta?

Students who are dedicated to the biological field, are interested in scientific research, and want to interact with students in the same degree program should consider joining Beta Beta Beta.

What are the Beta Beta Beta membership requirements?

To become a Beta Beta Beta member, you must meet all of the following criteria:

  • You must be an undergraduate student majoring in the biological sciences
  • You must at least have a sophomore classification
  • You must have completed a minimum of 12 Biology credit hours
  • You must have a Major GPA of at least a 3.0
  • You must be a student in good academic standing with Northwestern State University

How do you join Beta Beta Beta?

If you are interested in joining Beta Beta Beta or if you simply want additional information about our organization, please email us at tribeta@gmail.com or contact Dr. Fran Lemoine, our faculty sponsor, at (318) 357-5805 or lemoinef@nsula.edu.

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Biological and Physical Sciences
112 Bienvenu Hall
Phone: 318-357-5323
bio_sci@nsula.edu