Natural Sciences

Pitt-Johnstown Natural Sciences Division

The Pitt-Johnstown Natural Sciences Division offers degrees in biology, chemistry, energy and earth resources, mathematics, physics, and psychology. The division offers programs to prepare students for advanced study in areas of medicine through a pre-medical professions program.

Pitt-Johnstown Natural Sciences

Students benefit from Pitt-Johnstown's strong emphasis on undergraduate research, which includes extensive opportunities to participate in faculty-mentored projects. Many students present their work at national conferences and publish their findings in professional journals. The annual Symposium for the Promotion of Academic and Creative Enquiry (SPACE), provides students with an opportunity to showcase their research findings.  

In addition to classroom instruction and laboratory experience, students benefit from partnerships with professionals and organizations from throughout the region. A highly successful collaboration with the Chan Soon-Shiong Institute of Molecular Medicine at Windber connects Pitt-Johnstown faculty and students with WRI scientists. Examples of this collaboration include:

  • a team-taught course in genetics;
  • research into prostate cancer in African-American men;
  • ongoing exchange of research interests and student internships;
  • real-world opportunities to work in WRI’s world-class facilities.

Pitt-Johnstown offers a joint medical technology program with Conemaugh Health System in which students earn either a biology or chemistry degree from Pitt-Johnstown and a Certificate in Medical Technology from the hospital.

Students in most pre-health professions programs (Pre-Medical, Pre-Dental, Pre-Optometry, Pre-Veterinary, Pre-Podiatry, and others) will complete a bachelor’s degree in a degree program at Pitt-Johnstown before proceeding to the doctoral program at the school of their choice. For some programs, such as Pre-Nutrition and Dietetics and Pre-Athletic Training, students will take course work (usually 60 credits over 2 years) at Pitt-Johnstown. During their second year, students apply for admission to the specific department at the Pittsburgh-Oakland campus to complete their degree requirements.

Natural Sciences Division Offices
141 Krebs Hall

Steven E. Stern, PhD, Division Chair
Fax: 814-269-2022

Kara E. Bernard, Administrative Assistant
Fax: 814-269-7261

Kathy Mishler, Administrative Assistant
Fax: 814-269-2022