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Natural and Applied Sciences

  • Credits:
  • Degree:
    Bachelor of Science

Program Description

Get hands-on training across scientific disciplines while learning to integrate scientific thought and analysis. The natural and applied sciences degree includes courses and laboratories in four major scientific disciplines: life sciences, mathematics, physical sciences, and engineering and technology. Graduates are prepared to work in a variety of science-related fields such as biotechnology, biological research, environmental science, health science, and information technology.

What Is Natural Science?

Natural sciences deal with the physical world and include astronomy, biology, chemistry, geology, and physics. Applied science is the process of applying scientific knowledge to practical problems, and is used in fields such as engineering, health care, information technology, and early childhood education.

Cambridge College Natural Sciences Program Highlights

The Natural and Applied Sciences degree provides training to broaden your approach to scientific learning and practice—delivered via an affordable, convenient program format designed for working adults.

  • Hands-on training. Lab-based courses, with practical demonstrations and experimentation projects, provide hands-on experiences to support your conceptual learning.
  • Day, evening, weekend, and online classes. Cambridge College offers flexible course schedules designed to help you balance work, family, and education. To start planning a program of study that works for you, talk to one of our academic advisors.
  • Affordable tuition. As one of the most affordable four-year private nonprofit colleges in the United States, Cambridge College offers world-class education at an exceptional value.
  • Experienced faculty. At Cambridge College, you’ll learn from the best, working closely with expert faculty who have extensive research experience in the natural sciences, and real-world expertise applying scientific knowledge to practical challenges. 
  • No SAT or ACT tests required. We offer an easy online application and do not require SAT or ACT tests for admission to our undergraduate programs.

Rated one of the most ethnically diverse colleges in the United States, Cambridge College offers the opportunity to work with other adult learners from around the world. 


Natural and Applied Sciences Concentrations

Specializing your degree can help give you an edge in the job marketing and boost your earning potential. Cambridge College offers a variety of concentration options to choose from based on your interests and career objectives.

  • Addiction Studies Concentration: Learn more.
  • Accounting Concentration: Learn more.
  • Education Concentration: Learn more.
  • Expressive Therapies Concentration: Learn more.
  • Family Studies Concentration: Learn more.
  • General Management Concentration: Gain a broad understanding of business management, including marketing, sales, ethics, nonprofit management, and an introduction to human resources. Learn more.
  • Health Care Management Concentration (undergraduate): Develop a practical understanding of health care administration including economic, financial, and regulatory concepts within health care systems. Learn more.
  • Holistic Studies Concentration: Learn more.
  • Hospitality Management Concentration: Learn the fundamentals of management for the hospitality industry, with a focus on restaurant front of the house and back of the house management, and on hotel management. Learn more.
  • Information Technology and E-Business Concentration: Learn about managing the information systems of an organization, including infrastructure design, server management, security, e-business strategy, and marketing. Learn more.
  • Juvenile Justice Studies Concentration: In addition to providing a background in youth services and current theories of adolescent development, this concentration explores the impact of community disadvantage, child abuse, and neglect on behavior. Learn more.
  • Legal Studies Concentration: Designed for students who are interested in pursuing a law career, this concentration provides foundational knowledge of various aspects of law school and the legal profession. Learn more.
  • Organizational Psychology Concentration: Learn more.
  • Peace and Justice Studies Concentration: This concentration focuses on ways to promote the fair and equitable provision of justice as the path to a more just and humane world. Learn more.

Natural and Applied Sciences Program Learning Outcomes

This bachelor’s degree program provides a general education in chemistry, physics, mathematics, and applied sciences. You’ll also learn fundamentals of geology and geologic systems, general astronomy, biology, human anatomy, and physiology.

You’ll gain an understanding of scientific thought, data-based reasoning, statistical inference, scientific method, logic, and critical thinking. You’ll also learn analysis and creative approaches to general engineering, technology trends, and the application of scientific principles to research and product development.

What Can You Do With a Degree in Natural and Applied Sciences?

This program provides the training to work in a variety of science-related fields, including biotechnology, biological research, information technology, health science, and environmental science. Graduates will also have a strong foundation to support graduate studies within education, the life sciences, and other scientific fields.

Job Spotlight: Natural Sciences Manager

Natural sciences managers supervise the work of scientists and direct activities related to research and development. This is a fast-growing career with a median salary of $118,970, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics.

Example Natural and Applied Sciences Courses

Natural and applied sciences courses integrate a wide variety of scientific disciplines. Examples include:

  • Principles of Ecology
  • Anatomy and Physiology
  • Fundamentals of Astronomy
  • Principles of Engineering

Download the Natural and Applied Sciences program sheet.

Natural and Applied Sciences Scholarships and Financial Aid

Get financial assistance to help pay for your degree. In addition to scholarship opportunities, you might also be eligible for federal and state grants, loans, and other types of financial aid.

The first step is completing the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). Learn more about applying for financial aid

Related Programs at Cambridge College

If you’re still exploring undergraduate degree options, you might be interested in learning more about these programs at Cambridge College:


General Education

WRT101-102 and MAT101-102 may by waived if equivalent courses have been accepted in transfer. Credits will be replaced with open electives. WRT201 required if both WRT101-102 are waived; not required for students completing WRT101-102 at Cambridge. WRT090 and MAT100 required if assessment indicates need.

Principles and Processes of Adult Learning
LRN 175 3 credit(s)
Students explore theories of adult learning. They clarify the fit between their academic program and their learning and career needs, and see how their prior learning fits in. They assess their academic skills of critical thinking, mathematics, writing, and computer literacy. Students become independent learners who can effectively manage the structures, processes and expectations of undergraduate education.
College Writing I
WRT 101 3 credit(s)
Through challenging readings, class discussion, small group col­laboration, and different forms of writing, students learn the skills and process of “thinking on paper.” They learn to construct an argument or discussion that supports a clear thesis and present it effectively in a well-organized essay that observes the conventions of written English. They write academic papers that analyze and synthesize the issues suggested in two or more readings. Critical reading, critical thinking, research skills, and forms of documentation are also introduced.
Foundations of Critical Thinking
CTH 225 3 credit(s)
We learn to engage in reasoned thinking. We learn to formulate hypotheses; conceive and state definitions, and understand logical consistency and inconsistency. We explore the differences between claims of fact, value, and policy; what constitutes credible evidence; the nature of assumptions. We learn what constitutes a persuasive argument as opposed to an emotive and propagandistic one, and critically examine them. Students learn to present clear, well thought out critical arguments in writing and oral presentations. We look at the relationships among thinking, writing, speaking and listening, laying a strong foundation for improving our capacity to write, speak, and listen well.
College Mathematics I
MAT 101 3 credit(s)
Prerequisite: MAT100 If assessment indicates need. This course introduces students to the value of mathematics for students’ career and educational goals. Students will acquire mathematical study skills, gain strategies for problem solving, and develop a sound foundation for future mathematics coursework. The course is structured towards engaging students in active, applied, and real-life learning in order to facilitate mathematical problem solving and conceptual understanding.
Introduction to Computer Applications
CMP 130 3 credit(s)
Assessment available. This course provides a hands-on introduction to the personal computer, Windows, word processing, spreadsheet, presentation software, the Internet, and an overview of Word, Excel and Power-Point uses. Students begin with the basics of each application and progress through intermediate level.
College Writing II
WRT 102 3 credit(s)
WRT102 acquaints students with the academic research paper as both process and product. The course begins with an intensive review of the strategies and techniques for writing an academic essay that are covered in WRT101 and then moves to selecting and narrowing a topic, preliminary research, and establishing a focus for a 12-15 page argument research paper. The final paper includes an abstract, an introduction, discussion, conclusion, and references. Students learn how to write an annotated bibliography and use APA documentation for in-text citations and references.
College Mathematics II
MAT 102 3 credit(s)
Prerequisite: MAT101 If assessment indicates need. Challenge exam available. This course develops students’ mathematical thinking and problem solving around issues of both mathematical content and process. Students will acquire a conceptual and practical understanding of and familiarity with numbers and operations, algebra, geometry, measurement, and basic data analysis and probability. The course focuses on supporting students’ understanding of problem solving, reasoning and proof, communication, connections, and representations. A key feature of the course is active student involvement to support communicating mathematics in everyday and academic contexts.
Information Literacy
CMP 230 3 credit(s)
Prerequisite: CMP130 (course or portfolio) and familiarity with Windows and/or Mac operating system, or permission of instructor. Information literacy is necessary for lifelong learning and career advancement. It is the ability to analyze problems, research and select relevant information, create an effective presentation from that information, and, when appropriate, publish it in print or electronic formats. Students acquire the knowledge, skills, and abilities to apply principles of information literacy to their academic and professional lives. A problem-centered approach is used. Students use the Internet and e-mail news groups, file transfer and Netscape, and search engines. They learn to evaluate the credibility of information and use problem-solving paradigms.
Distribution Requirements

Arts & Humanities - 6 credits

Natural & Physical Sciences - 6 credits

Social Sciences - 6 credits


Open Electives

Choose electives and/or concentrations to support your academic interests and professional goals. (Course prerequisites must also be met.)

Natural and Applied Science Major

Additional required course:

  • Mathematical Thought
General Biology I
SCI 203 4 credit(s)
This survey course lays the foundation for study within the life sciences, including biology, biochemistry, biotechnology, health sciences, and other specialized life science fields. This laboratory-based course begins with the study of cellular structure, single-celled organisms, cellular metabolism, and reproduction, and then proceeds to the study of tissues and more complex organisms including multi-cellular plants, fungi and animals. Additional topics include genetics, evolution, ecology and the interrelationships between organisms and their environments.
General Biology II
SCI 204 4 credit(s)

This survey course serves ad a continuation and expansion of General Biology I, laying the foundation for study within the life sciences, including biology, biochemistry, biotechnology, health sciences and other specialized life science fields. This lab-based course includes an in-depth review of multicellular organisms; including the structure and evolution of plant, fungal, and animal life. Additional topics include metabolic function, biomechanics, and the interrelationships between multicellular organisms and their environments.

Anatomy and Physiology I
SCI 205 4 credit(s)
SCI205 provides a laboratory-based approach to the major anatomical and functional components of the human body, and is designed to help students develop an understanding of how these systems function together in health and disease. Topic coverage includes basic medical and diagnostic terminology, histology, and an in-depth examination of the body’s anatomical and physiological systems including the integumentary, skeletal, muscular, nervous, and circulatory systems. The laboratory component of the course provides a hands-on experience within the study of anatomy and physiology, and consists of dissection techniques, histology, and other related procedures.
SCI 207 4 credit(s)
This laboratory-based course focuses on the principles of microbiology and is designed to familiarize the student with the biology, ecology, and behaviors of microbes and viruses in human health, medicine and biotechnology. Topics include the general principles of microbial growth; the evolution and classification of microbes and viruses; the natural ecology of microorganisms; pathogenesis, diagnosis, and treatment, and the use of microorganisms in biotechnology and medicine.
Physics I: Classical Mechanics
SCI 223 4 credit(s)
Physics I is a laboratory-based introduction to the basic principles of classical physics; emphasizing a quantitative and conceptual understanding of mechanics. Primary topics include kinematics, mass, force, momentum, energy transfer, drag and friction, and angular momentum. Laboratory demonstrations and experimentation provide hands-on support to conceptual learning throughout the course.
General Chemistry I
SCI 201 4 credit(s)
This lab-based general chemistry course will begin with a brief introduction to matter and measurement, chemistry in the real world, and the scientific method; subsequent topics will include the development of atomic theory and the structure of the atom; the nomenclature of the elements and chemical compounds; chemical reactions and stoichiometry; chemical bonding theories; thermochemistry; and the properties of gases and the ideal gas law.
Principles of Ecology
SCI 300 3 credit(s)
Ecology is the study of the interactions between organisms and their environment, and the way in which these interactions determine the distribution and abundance of organisms. This course presents an introduction to the basic principles and outlines the essential principles of ecology from the theoretical fundamentals to their practical applications. The course is designed to present a comprehensive overview of all aspects of ecology, including evolution, ecosystems theory, practical applications, plants, animals, biogeochemical cycles, and global change. The science of ecology is examined from three levels: ecology of the individual, ecology of populations, and ecology of systems. Since ecologists often play a significant role in constructing and evaluating conservation or environmental management programs, we incorporate the application of ecological theory to current environmental problems throughout the course. The course will combine lectures and group learning dealing with both the theory of ecology and applied issues with a practical component of laboratory and field projects.
Physical Geology
SCI 138 3 credit(s)
This course provides an overview of the physical features, componenets, and geologic dynamics of the planet Earth. Topics include a study of rock and mineral types, volcanism, plate tectonics, and the physical effects of glaciers, oceans, rivers, wind, volcanoes, and earthquakes. Additionally, aspects of resource utilization and management, and the gologic histories of other planets in our solar system will be explored. SCI 138 is an introductory course, suitable for students with a limited knowledge of physical geology.
Fundamentals of Astronomy
SCI 224 3 credit(s)
A comprehensive approach to past and current astronomy: early astronomy, the distribution and properties of the stars, their life cycles and our galaxy. The course also encompasses the solar system, other galaxies, asteroids, comets, meteors, variable stars, x-ray stars, pulsars and quasars, as well as current space exploration and the latest discoveries and theories.
Introduction to Statistics
MAT 201 3 credit(s)
Statistics is the branch of mathematics that focuses on the colle ction of data, data analysis, probability, and statistical inference. In this course students will learn the principles of using data to identify patterns, ascertain distributions, conduct accurate group comparisons, and make data-based inferences and predictions. Concepts of spread, normal distribution , multi-modal distribution, standard deviation, statistical skewing, graphing, statistical significance, variance, validity, and probability will be covered.
Principles of Engineering
SCI 308 3 credit(s)
Principles of Engineering is the process of applying scientific principles to the conception, design, construction and implementation of machines, technologies, structures, devices and materials. It is a broad field with many sub-fields, including but not limited to: mechanical engineering, electrical engineering, computer engineering, genetic engineering, civil engineering, aerospace engineering and chemical engineering. This course introduces students to the general theory, methods and processes of engineering, and explores the various applications of scientific engineering principles. Topics include the history and development of engineering principles, mechanics, design, construction, implementation and the integration of technologies into modern society.
History of Technological Innovation
SCI 303 3 credit(s)

SCI303 traces the progression of technological development from its earliest examples to the current cutting edge of scientific and technological advances. Students will learn about the history of technological achievement, and consider that history within the context of the latest advancements in engineering, computing, medicine, robotics and other technologies. In addition, we will explore what emerging approaches are currently being developed, how they are being imagined, and why.

Core Faculty

Senior Instructor



  • Admission Test:

    No SAT or ACT tests required.

  • Admissions Office:
  • Application Form:
  • Application Fee:
    $50, nonrefundable ($100 for international students)

Health Requirements for Massachusetts Students 

The Massachusetts Health Department and Cambridge College require the following of students in Massachusetts:

Immunizations – All students in Massachusetts are required to get certain immunizations before you can register for your first term. See form

Health Insurance – In Massachusetts, undergraduate students taking nine or more credits/term and graduate students taking six or more credits/term must enroll in the College’s health insurance plan. Students who have insurance with comparable coverage may request a waiver. See information and enroll or waive.

School Requirements

See Admissions Requirements for School of Undergraduate Studies


International Students 

International students need to provide supplemental documentation:

  • Official demonstration of English language proficiency
  • Supplemental documentation for issuance of I-20
  • International transcripts, evaluated by an accepted evaluation service

Transfer Credit

Undergraduate program applicants, once you are accepted, your official transcripts are evaluated for transfer credit.


  • Credits:
  • Cost per credit hour:
  • Application Fee:
    $50, nonrefundable ($100 for international students)
  • Health Insurance Fee:
    $1.985 (Required for Massachusetts students only. See waiver details on Tuition & Fees page.)

Note: Rates are as of July 2020, and are subject to change without notice. Rates apply to all students, unless otherwise noted.

Financial Aid

Cambridge College offers financial aid to students in our degree programs who are enrolled at least half time. Undergraduate students must be enrolled in at least 6 credits each term. Graduate and doctoral students must be enrolled in at least 4 credits each term. Learn more

Grants, Scholarships and Loans

Cambridge College welcomes the opportunity to support your efforts to pay for college.  Federal, state and local resources in the form of grants, scholarships, loans and work-study, including Cambridge College Scholarships, are available to help defray the cost of tuition. Learn more

Getting Your Company to Help

Many companies have tuition assistance programs, designed to help their employees with their professional development. Learn more

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