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College of Natural and Health Sciences

The College of Natural and Health Sciences offers bachelor’s, master’s and doctoral programs in the natural, health, human and mathematical sciences. Our students benefit from mentoring by faculty who are national and international experts in their fields and from meaningful research opportunities in state-of-the-art facilities.

Our graduates leave us with a first-class education that has prepared them to contribute to society whether they become health-care providers, educators, scientists, dietitians, speech-language pathologists, audiologists, sport administrators, rehabilitation counselors, mathematicians, athletic trainers, recreation program managers, gerontologists or work in other public service-oriented fields. Regardless of their area of expertise, they make a difference in the communities in which they live and work.

A nursing instructor works with students in the nursing program at the University of Northern Colorado

Student Spotlight

Making the Leap to College and Finding Community

Sierra Jarmon has taken a long and winding road to get to graduation, but when she reflects on her path and academic journey, Jarmon is unwavering in her gratitude for ending up at UNC.

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Ashley BuchholzFreshman Pre-Nursing Major Making Masks

Ashley Buchholz, a freshman pre-nursing major from Washington, decided to stay in Greeley once the university closed.  She had noticed the worsening COVID-19 situation in her home state and knew it wouldn't be long until the pandemic reached Colorado.  So, she started making homemade masks.

Read more about Ashley's story.

Tyler ShermanNHS PhD Student Describes Experience Defending Dissertation Online

Tyler Sherman's dissertation research examined the body's immune response during a viral infection -- a fitting exploration, considering that the doctoral candidate in the School of Biological Sciences would end up defended his dissertation on Zoom, during social distancing protocols due to COVID-19.

Read Tyler's story, in his own words.

Gabriela MasztarlezASLS Major Receives National Collegiate Honors Council Fellowship

Junior honors student, Gabriela Masztarlez, a Speech Language-Pathology major, was recently awarded with a $5,000 2020 Portz Fellowship from the National Collegiate Honors Council.  Her winning project is titled "Accent Modification and Identity:  A Phenomenological Study Exploring the Experiences of International Students and Immigrants/Refugees."  Gabriela's faculty thesis advisor is Christina Farell.

Congratulations, Gabriela!

View Gabriela's presentation here.

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FetchLab UNC

UNC’s audiology lab offers the innovative FETCHLab, with hearing tests for dogs, horses and more.

Cancer Rehabilitation Institute

Our 10,000 squarefoot Cancer Rehabilitation Institute has shown that cardio and resistance workouts can help combat the effects of chemotherapy and improve quality of life for cancer patients and survivors.

Interested in Daring Research?

Study climate change in the Arctic Circle, handle venomous snakes to fight cancer, chase storms and more with NHS at UNC.

Download the NHS Brochure


Academic Scholar Awards 

Every March, the Academic Scholar Awards recognizes outstanding undergraduate students within the NHS. Students are nominated by faculty for their outstanding scholarship, leadership skills, and their promise for the future in their program.


Student Research Celebration

The Student Research Celebration honors noteworthy research done by students enrolled in NHS. The event features a showcase of faculty-mentored research follow by a banquet. Fundraising associated with this event benefits the NHS Student Research Fund.

View information about our 2020 Student Research Celebration.

Bears Go Big

UNC Bears go out into the world to do BIG and significant work. Meet Adam Wilson, Founder of Sphero and a 2010 UNC Physics Alum.

UNC helped me prepare for my success [and] gave me the opportunity to participate in undergraduate research.

See other Bears going big.