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College of Arts and Sciences

Department of Natural Sciences

The Department of Natural Sciences provides coursework in Biology, Chemistry, and Physics, and offers degrees in Biology, Chemistry, and Environmental Studies.  Our mission is to prepare students for successful careers as scientific researchers, technologists, doctors, health care providers, and educators. We also aim to strengthen the scientific literacy and data analysis capabilities of all students who take our courses.


The Department of Natural Sciences offers Bachelors of Arts (BA) degrees in Biology and Environmental Studies and Bachelors of Science (BS) degrees in Biology and Chemistry.  Students can also minor in Biology, Chemistry, or Environmental Studies.  Biology majors may additionally choose an area of concentration in General Biology, Environmental Biology, Human Biology, Pre-Medical Studies, or Biology Education. Please see the program bulletins below for degree plans and course descriptions.

                    Biology                                 Chemistry                           Environmental Studies


Special Programs

  • Environmental Studies

HT now offers an interdisciplinary Environmental Studies degree program for students interested in environmental public policy, conservation, environmental advocacy, multidisciplinary research, and education. Contact Kathy Schwab for more information.

  • Joint Admissions Medical Program (JAMP)

JAMP provides early admission to a Texas medical school for qualified HT students. HT students apply to the program between May of their freshman year and October of their sophomore year. Successful applicants are provided with MCAT preparation, summer research internships, and pre-admission counseling to ensure a successful medical school experience. Read more about program criteria and components at the JAMP website and contact the HT JAMP faculty director, Amanda Masino.

  • STEM Research Scholars Program


Student Organizations

  • American Chemical Society (ACS)

HT’s student chapter of ACS promotes chemistry education through chemistry fairs, demonstrations at local schools, and travel to scientific conferences.

  • Minority Association of Premedical/Prehealth Students (MAPS)

MAPS provides enrichment activities for students interested in health professions, including seminars in medical/graduate school preparation, networking opportunities, and travel to conferences. Contact Amanda Masino, the faculty advisor of HT-MAPS, for more information.