At the College of Natural and Health Sciences, students are part of a thriving learning community that spurs local, regional, and global progress. As one of these students, you'll enjoy a unique opportunity to work side-by-side with experienced faculty members on innovative research projects in a number of fields, such as biology, chemistry, environmental studies, geosciences, health, kinesiology, sport performance, sport management, mathematics, physics, psychology, and molecular biology.

Wherever you are on your academic or professional path, Natural and Health Sciences is your academic home for the baccalaureate degree or certificate, interdisciplinary minor, or master of science degree you need. And your hard work here is worth it. Our graduates proceeding to professional health programs have an 89+% placement rate.

The College of Natural and Health Sciences will be a regional leader through excellence in teaching, research and service to the university and greater community.

To achieve our vision by:
Broadening the intellectual experience of students through inquiry-based laboratory and field courses, original research, and hands-on internships, under the guidance of teacher-scholars who are active in scholarship and research.

  • Ensuring that students master effective oral and written communication, reasoned judgment, and social and personal responsibility necessary to assume leadership roles in their professions and in local, regional and global spheres.
  • Utilizing contemporary and emerging instructional methodologies.
  • Engaging faculty and staff who emphasize excellence in teaching and research for the advancement of science, health and mathematics.
  • Providing expertise and being a knowledge base to aid the growth and development of diverse regional organizations and businesses.
  • Providing academic opportunities for lifelong learning.

Goal 1.1: Offer academic programs in response to regional needs and in conformance with appropriate national and disciplinary standards.
Goal 1.2: Study and implement approaches to make effective use of resources and structure educational experiences in order to be responsive to the population UW-Parkside serves.
Goal 1.3: Strengthen support for student-persistence to graduation.
Goal 1.4: Support ongoing intellectual and professional development of faculty and staff.
Goal 1.5: Increase offerings of intellectual programming to increase the engagement of both the campus and the external communities in CNHS.
Goal 1.6: Engage in recruitment and retention of all CNHS students.
Goal 1.7: Recruit and retain high quality faculty and staff.


Goal 2.1: CNHS will determine its enrollment capacity for each program.
Goal 2.2: Continue to promote and enhance the recruitment, employment, retention, and development of faculty, instructional academic staff, and support staff to achieve and maximize CNHS's human resource potential.
Goal 2.3: Take full advantage of, and in some cases enhance, university-wide information technology resources and services to support teaching, learning, and research activities in CNHS.
Goal 2.4: Develop a long-range financial planning strategy to support CNHS priorities
Goal 2.5: Keep abreast of campus-wide long range strategic planning.
Goal 2.6: Individual departments/programs will engage in ongoing strategic planning.

Goal 3.1: Enhance and highlight CNHS reputation on campus and in the community; showcase CNHS through participation in campus and community events; publicize CNHS activities with the intent of grooming and managing its image.
Goal 3.2: Highlight the image of academic departments/programs by developing and executing marketing plans that differentiate UW-Parkside programs in CNHS from our competition.
Goal 3.3: Highlight strengths of individual faculty/staff and formulate marketing products to showcase their activities.
Goal 3.4: Utilize faculty, staff, students and alumni to promote uniqueness, special attributes, accomplishments and activities within CNHS to the community.
Goal 3.5: Collect information and track student and alumni involvement in campus activities in order to identify particular areas of interest for the future involvement and engagement of CNHS alumni.
Goal 3.6: Develop programs and opportunities to engage alumni in CNHS activities and in particular with student recruitment, persistence and retention.

Goal 4.1: Continue to develop and refine mechanisms to coordinate, improve, and focus community engagement activities.
Goal 4.2: Review, improve, and expand engagement activities with regional K-12, two-year and four-year higher education institutions.
Goal 4.3: Collaborate with Kenosha, Racine and Walworth counties to promote industry and business partnerships that increase educational and post-graduation employment opportunities to improve economic conditions in the region.

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  • WED8 AM-4:30 PM
  • THU8 AM-4:30 PM
  • FRI8 AM-4:30 PM




Dean Emmanuel Otu leads a faculty of experienced and knowledgeable scholars who are committed to core Parkside values such as community engagement and inclusiveness, and creating exciting applied research opportunities for students.

Welcome to the College of Natural and Health Sciences

After reorganization initiated in 2010, the college of Natural and Health Sciences came to being formally on July 1, 2012. Creation of the college affords a greater opportunity to achieve the campus vision of a dynamic learning community, a premier comprehensive public institution, and a destination of choice serving as a focal point of local, regional and global progress. Wherefore, our mission is commitment to high-quality educational programs, creative and scholarly activities, and services responsive to our diverse student population, and local, national and global communities.

The college is the academic home for students pursuing baccalaureate degrees and/or certificates in applied health sciences, biological sciences, chemistry, environmental studies, kinesiology and sport performance, sport management, geosciences, mathematics, molecular biology and bioinformatics, nursing, physics, psychology, an interdisciplinary minor in environmental studies, pre-health programs, and online degrees in sustainable management and health information management and technology. The college also offers master of science degrees in applied biotechnology, biological sciences, clinical and mental health counseling, health care administration, health and wellness management, sport management (in-person or online) and sustainable management.  

Faculty in the college are dedicated to the UW-Parkside promise through campus core values of academic excellence and rigor, student success, diversity and inclusiveness, community engagement, and a healthy and vibrant campus climate. One hallmark of the faculty is creating exciting experiential learning (applied research) opportunities for students. 

Additionally, we offer our pre-health major students many opportunities through consortium agreements and partnerships with other universities in the Chicago-Milwaukee-Madison corridor. Nearly 90 percent of students have been successfully placed in the last five years into professional programs.
Emmanuel Otu, Ph.D.
Dean and Professor of Chemistry  |  262-595-2977


With over 50 majors, minors, concentrations, and certificates, the College of Natural and Health Sciences offers cutting-edge research programs, and provides a foundation for you to take on today's toughest scientific challenges.










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A premier undergraduate research journal compiling research being conducted at the University of Wisconsin-Parkside.  The PJS team of students will publish independently conducted research done by students of UW-Parkside, review current scientific articles, interview faculty members pertaining to their work, and address present issues in the scientific community.



  • Modine Science Research Stipends and Lectureships 
  • Racine Community Foundation Richard S. Johnson II Fellowship
  • Radom Corporation Fellowship in Chemistry
  • Thomson Research Fellows
  • UW-Parkside Undergraduate Science Fellows funded by the Greater Milwaukee Foundation Enroth Family Fund



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