Natural Sciences & Engineering

The Department of Natural Sciences and Engineering at BHC offers students a wide array of courses to meet a student’s specific career and transfer needs. We offer courses in Astronomy, Biology, Chemistry, Engineering, and Physics. These courses can be tailored to meet the needs of students who wish to pursue four-year degrees and pre-professional programs such as Pre-Medicine, Pre-Engineering, Pre-Chiropractic, Pre-Pharmacy, Pre-Veterinary Medicine, Pre-Dietetics, and Pre-Physical Therapy. Faculty in the NSE Department have doctorates and master’s degrees from some of the best universities in the country, and bring their research experience and education to the classroom to provide a rigorous and challenging environment for learning.

Female student in lab coat working with beakersWe are dedicated to BHC students, and push them to excel academically by challenging them in the classroom and the laboratory. Careers in science and engineering require a strong foundation. Our programs are designed to help our students be successful regardless of their transfer or career plans.

If you’re interested in a technical career, you can tailor your course selection in many areas, including basic science, mathematics and applied disciplines. It is important that you be motivated to enter these areas and be willing to spend extra hours in study and laboratory work. Both day and evening classes are available in most courses, and both full-time and part-time students may enroll.

Employment opportunities
Students taking courses in the Natural Sciences and Engineering Department go on to careers in many fields, such as Agriculture, Animal Science, Engineering, Health Administration, Medicine, Molecular Genetics, Nursing, Chiropractic, Pharmacy, Physical Therapy, Physician Assistant, and Veterinary Medicine.

State-of-the-art facilities
State-of-the-art laboratory facilities offer students hands-on learning opportunities in chemistry, engineering, and biology. East Campus science courses are taught in a new science building designed to meet the needs of current science laboratory teaching methods. The Quad Cities campus offers several specialized laboratory spaces and equipment including a grow room, a scanning electron microscope, chemical analysis instruments and molecular biology equipment.

Need extra help or practice?
Science students on the Quad-Cities Campus have access to a specialized Science Resources Lab with microscopes, models, computers and tutoring available from faculty members. Both campuses have beautiful natural settings that can be used for both classroom and extracurricular learning opportunities.

Non-majors welcome!
Many non-science careers in business and industry require a college degree with two to four general education science courses. Therefore, non-science careers are begun with a solid introduction to science. Do you find chemistry or physics difficult? Not a problem because we offer courses in geography and urban planning, nutrition, meteorology or astronomy that can fill that requirement for you.

Extracurricular Activities

Group of Students in Science Club t-shirtsStudent clubs:
A wide variety of clubs cater to many interests and are free to join and take part in. Participating is a great way to enhance your academic experience and meet new friends! For example, the East Campus Sci-Pi club conducts science demonstrations for local schools and community groups, holds community event fundraisers and science-related field trips. Quad-Cities students are active in the Wellness Club, Clean Sphere and RiverWatch stream monitoring.

If you have a new club idea, stop by the Student Life Office to find out how to get started.

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Special events on and around campus:
• Annual campus cleanup – Quad-Cities Campus
• Science and Math Club Trivia Night – East Campus
• East Campus students who graduate with a 3.75 or higher GPA will be designated as Founders’ Scholars and honored at the Founders’ Scholars award banquet.


Students working in a lab setting

Careers as science teachers and researchers in industry and government are well begun with the Associate in Science degree in biology, chemistry, physics or other physical or biological sciences offered by the department. Pre-nursing and other pre-health curricula are very popular as starting points for rewarding careers in the health care industries. There is a strong contingent of agriculture students specializing in animal science, equestrian science, agribusiness and plant science.

Transfer programs
If you plan to transfer to a four-year institution, you can earn or Associate in Arts or Associate in Science degree.

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Program Name Code Award Credits Category Department Keywords
Program Name Code Award Credits Category Department Keywords
Associate in Science 1545 64 Humanities, Language & JournalismMathematicsNatural Sciences & Engineering
Associate in Arts 1045 64 Humanities, Language & JournalismMathematicsNatural Sciences & Engineering