School of Health and Natural Sciences

A Welcome from the Dean of Health and Natural Sciences

Portrait of Margaret Hoey

The faculty and staff in the school design and support high-quality, engaging programs across many fields which are in high demand. Through small classes, advising and mentoring, our faculty provide enriching learning experiences for students with a hallmark of personal attention to their needs and interests. In exceptional facilities such as the Antonucci Science Center, Exercise Science Labs, the Landry Arena and new laboratories for psychological studies at the McKay Arts Academy, students engage in integrative, hands-on and applied learning that prepares them to be scientifically educated individuals for future careers in healthcare, public service, as classroom teachers, fitness professionals or in industry.

Students majoring in our programs have participated in community research and service within the Commonwealth and the greater Fitchburg area, often presenting their work at professional conferences. Our relationships with partner institutions and organizations provide our students with opportunities to study abroad in the Americas, Asia, Africa or Europe. Research opportunities that allow collaboration amongst students and faculty-scholars are available using modern, sophisticated equipment in all of our programs, and faculty-sponsored internships give students practical experience that prepares them for graduate studies or to enter the workforce.

We invite you to look at our programs and contact the individual departments or the Dean’s office if you have any questions about the opportunities we have for you at Fitchburg State.

Margaret Hoey, Ph.D.
Dean for Health and Natural Sciences


Health and Natural Sciences Academic Departments

Biology & Chemistry Department

We offer undergraduate programs of study leading to a Bachelor of Arts in Biology, Bachelor of Science in Biology, Chemistry, or Chemistry with Initial Licensure in Secondary Teaching. 
Read more about: Biology & Chemistry Department

Earth & Geographic Sciences Department

We offer majors in Environmental and Earth Science, Environmental Public Health and Geographic Science and Technology. 
Read more about: Earth & Geographic Sciences Department

Exercise & Sports Science Department

The integration of anatomy, physiology, physics, psychology, and learning theory to describe and explain responses and adaptation to exercise and training and applies that knowledge to enhance physical potential for health, for sport, and in rehabilitation.
Read more about: Exercise & Sports Science Department

Mathematics Department

Mathematics majors receive a comprehensive foundation in abstract and applied mathematics as preparation for graduate school or a professional career.
Read more about: Mathematics Department

Nursing Department

We are proud of our long distinguished history in Nursing education (note: our RN to BS in Nursing program is offered 100% online).
Read more about: Nursing Department

Psychological Science Department

We educate you in the scientific study of the mind and human behavior. You'll learn theoretical explanations of human behavior as well as the methods employed in psychological research.
Read more about: Psychological Science Department

Technology Academic Departments

Computer Science Department

We strive to provide high quality professional programs and life-long learning opportunities at the undergraduate, graduate, and continuing education levels.
Read more about: Computer Science Department

Engineering Technology Department

When you choose a major in Engineering Technology or Applied Science and Technology/Engineering, you'll be able to create a program of study that will prepare you for a number of different careers in the real world.
Read more about: Engineering Technology Department

Additional Information

The mission of the School of Health and Natural Sciences is to help students develop the skills and habits of mind necessary for scientific inquiry and analysis in their professional, personal and civic lives. Faculty experts and engaged staff in the fields of biology, chemistry, earth and geographic sciences, exercise and sports science, mathematics, physics, psychological science, and nursing support students via  foundational learning in the general education curriculum and mastery of content in a variety of majors. Our faculty offer classroom, laboratory, and clinical instruction as well as research opportunities in the sciences and health professions. Faculty and staff collaborate across the University and beyond to offer interdisciplinary learning opportunities.


CCNE Accredited

The baccalaureate degree in nursing and the master’s degree in nursing at Fitchburg State University are accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education.

Similarly, our Computer Science program is accredited by the Computing Accreditation Commission of ABET (Accreditation Board for Engineering and Technology).