Natural science major

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Are you interested in gaining a broader science background that includes chemistry, biology and physics? Are you interested in teaching middle or high school science? If so, natural science might be the program for you! The natural science program provides preparation for a variety of career options and graduate or professional schools.



Anya Butt, Ph.D., director of natural science program, Associate Professor of Biology, 641-628-7496,

News about Natural science

Digging Organic

The Central College Organic Garden teaches students about sustainable agriculture and provides healthy food for Central Market.


Successful Careers


Learn more about internships at Central.


Sample Schedule

A typical first-year schedule includes:

Get more details from the course catalog! (Note: this is a PDF file)


The Vermeer Science Center recently went through a $20-million renovation and expansion that was completed in fall 2003. In addition to biology, chemistry, physics and natural science departments, the mathematics and computer science departments are located in Vermeer. The building contains 13 high-tech classrooms. Each contains a ceiling-mounted projector, computer with flat panel monitor, Wolfvision document camera, combination VCR/DVD player and a Ken-a-vision flex camera. Vermeer also contains several computer labs with new computers, flat panel monitors and the most recent versions of math and science computer programs. Numerous science laboratories with state-of-the-art science equipment allow students to conduct their own research. Just inside the main entrance is an easy to use touchscreen kiosk with a building directory that can be searched by room or professor’s name. Central was awarded a silver Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) medal rating from the United States Green Building Council (USGBC), making the science center the first LEED-rated building in the state.

The Carlson-Kuyper Field Station is Central College’s 62-acre nature preserve and outdoor laboratory. Located about 12 miles from the Pella campus, it is adjacent to the extensive wildlife areas managed by the Corps of Engineers around Lake Red Rock, Iowa’s largest lake.

Study Abroad

Students are encouraged to study abroad with Central College to enhance their development as global citizens. Academic opportunities and internship programs also are available in Chicago, Washington, D.C., and New York City. Learn more about Central’s study abroad programs.