Division of Sciences

Studying STEM at North Park

STEM at North Park is experiential-based where students learn side-by-side with caring faculty, utilize state-of-the-art technology, and engage in hands-on learning opportunities on and off campus. The Division of Sciences consists of five departments:

Experience Science

At North Park science is more than just memorization and text books – here, students learn through experiencing science. With a hands-on academic approach, experiential learning opportunities seamlessly integrate into the daily and long-term skill-building curriculum through:

  • Smart classrooms
  • Smart laboratories
  • One-on-one research with faculty
  • Field experience in Chicago, nationally, and internationally
  • Training in our lab safety program
  • Working as a teaching assistant, tutor, writing advisor, or laboratory assistant

STEM Majors

Students have the opportunity to choose from a variety of in-demand majors:

  • Biology, Biomedical Sciences, Molecular Biology and Biotechnology
  • Chemistry, Biochemistry
  • Mathematics
  • Physics and Engineering (mechanical)
  • Psychology

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Supporting the Rigors of STEM

Well-established and professionally staffed Student Success Programs support the academic rigors of the STEM curriculum:

  • Pre-health professions advising
  • Pre-health BootCamp
  • Compass
  • Tutoring/SI program
  • Tailored mentoring from faculty starting the first year
  • Science clubs


Housed in our state-of-the-art science facility, students experience science authentically. Smart technology extends from the classroom to the laboratory offering access to real-time information, modern technology, and specialized laboratories including:

  • Cadavar Lab
  • Chemistry Instrumentation Lab
  • Laser Laboratory
  • PHEN hub

STEM Scholars Cohort

North Park and the National Science Foundation (NSF) are committed to expand pathways for more undergraduate students to meet the nation’s need for well-educated scientists, engineers, and technicians. As part of a $650,000 grant from NSF, 20 selected first-year students each receive $5k per year for four years. Space is limited for this unique STEM immersion program with a focus on experiential learning.

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Pre-Professional Programs

The STEM programs in the Division of Sciences diversely train students, preparing graduates for careers or advanced degrees in life and health sciences:

  • Pre-Med
  • Pre-Pharmacy
  • Pre-Dent
  • Pre-Vet
  • Physician Assistant
  • Preparation for Allied Health Fields (Occupational Therapy, Physical Therapy)
  • Medical Laboratory Technology

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Research and Internship Opportunities

Faculty collaborate with and mentor students for real research and science experiences. Supported by a faculty-mentor, STEM students engage in research projects and internships in a variety of settings:

  • Research in the Johnson Center
  • Presentations at local and national Symposia
  • Internships with partner organizations
  • Catalyst 606__ courses

Getting Started With North Park University

Finding your fit at North Park is straightforward, and we’ll be here to help you along the way. Here are the three most important steps.


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