School of Health and Natural Sciences

Welcome to the School of Health and Natural Sciences

Dean Jennifer Hanselman on quad in front of Thompson

The School of Health and Natural Sciences (HNS) consists of 26 majors within six departments across STEM and health-related disciplines. Programs are designed to build a strong foundational knowledge and engage students in high-impact practices, such as undergraduate research, internships, and hands-on, integrated learning.  

We take pride in our exceptional facilities, including laboratories designed to support hands-on, inquiry-based approaches to teaching and learning. With access to updated software and equipment, our students are able to stay current with industry standards. Classrooms provide space for innovative teaching, discussions, and presentations, supporting future scientists, mathematicians, fitness and healthcare professionals, and STEM teachers.

Whether you are beginning your college career or continuing your academic journey with us, HNS faculty support every aspect of your progress through individualized mentorship and advising. Our program offerings will not only prepare you for direct entry into the workforce or graduate/medical school but they are also designed for flexibility, knowing that you may still be exploring career options.  

We value strong industry, community, education, and healthcare partnerships allowing us to provide dynamic programs that will prepare students for an ever-changing world and a vibrant STEM and healthcare workforce. In addition, students have opportunities to study abroad, engage in research in the field, present at conferences, and engage in service learning.  

I invite you to explore our programs, ask questions, and visit us soon! During your visit, you will learn about opportunities waiting for you at Fitchburg State. Please reach out to the individual department or the Dean’s office at for more information.  

Go Falcons!

Jennifer Hanselman, Ph.D.,
Dean, School of Health and Natural Sciences

Academic Departments

Biology and 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 and Chemistry Department

Environmental, Geographic and Public Health Sciences Department

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

Exercise and 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 and 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

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).