Natural Sciences

I'm in high school now. How can I prepare for a major in the Natural Sciences at HPU?


Take as many math courses as you can.

  • No matter which program you're interested in, every major in the Department of Natural Sciences requires high levels of competency in math -- particularly calculus and statistics. You can prepare for any major in the natural sciences by making sure you take math throughout your time in high school. Ideally, science majors should be ready to take calculus upon arrival at college, and students who are not prepared to take pre-calculus will require extra coursework which may delay your progress in your major.

Take science courses.

  • All science experience is valuable! Any early classes in the core areas of biology, chemistry, physics, and earth sciences will help you. More specialized courses like marine science and health science are great, too. But above all, you'll probably find it most helpful if you come to college with a solid background in the core sciences.

Take writing courses.

  • Successful science depends on very clear written communication -- and writing skills only develop with practice!

Take Advanced Placement (AP) and International Baccalaureate (IB) courses.

  • If available to you, AP and IB courses in any discipline are fantastic preparation for college-level work. In addition, if you take the AP or IB exam for a subject, you may even get college credit to apply toward your degree. This will allow you to get into your advanced coursework sooner!