The Natural Science Division at University of La Verne is a consortium of the Sciences including Biology, Chemistry, Computer Science, Math, and Physics. This Division structure creates an atmosphere in which the Science departments work together in a supportive and creative way.
The Division believes that laboratory and field work is essential for the students’ complete education. To assist in this learning, the Division offers numerous field activities and maintains the Clark Fork Field Research Facility in Montana.
Mission Statement of the Natural Science Division and its Departments:
To provide an opportunity for our students
to achieve their highest potential.
This will be achieved by offering the highest quality educational opportunities to our students, based on an educational foundation rich in theory, applications and values, that will enhance the quality of life and ensure the opportunities that will fulfill our student’s professional aspirations.
The Natural Science Division contributes to the betterment of our society and environment through teaching, research and service. We offer a values-based, student-centered and highly diverse academic environment. The Division takes pride in our small class sizes and highly personalized attention. We strongly encourage faculty-student research and the sharing of our resources throughout the Division, and through service to the greater community.
Finally, we believe in four core emphases that affirm a positive and rewarding life for our students:
- A Values Orientation
The Natural Science Division affirms a philosophy of life that actively supports peace, the health of the planet and its people. We therefore encourage students to become reflective about personal, professional and societal values in the light of this affirmation.
- Community and Diversity
The Natural Science Division promotes the goal of community within the context of diversity. We therefore encourage students to understand and appreciate the diversity of cultures that exist locally, nationally, and internationally. We also seek to promote appreciation and preservation of biodiversity by helping students and colleagues understand the impact and interdependence of human beings on our environment.
- Lifelong Learning
The Natural Science Division commits itself to an approach to education that is lifelong in nature. Therefore, we strive to teach students how to learn, how to think critically, how to conduct and interpret responsible research, and how to access and integrate information for optimal preparation for both career growth and also for flexibility in a changing world.
- Community Service
The Natural Science Division believes that service should be a primary goal of the educated person. We thus encourage our students to experience the responsibilities and rewards of humankind and the larger ecological community.
“We have not fulfilled our mission if our students do not go on to improve their own lives and the communities in which they live.”