Department of Natural Sciences

Welcome to the Department of Natural Sciences

The Department of Natural Sciences strives to help students develop a strong science background and critical thinking skills through meaningful experiences in and out of the classroom. The department aims to prepare students for productive professional careers or for entry into graduate or professional schools. Balancing an interdisciplinary science foundation, the department maintains allegiance to Christian values, including faith, stewardship, ethics, and social responsibility.

GWU’s Department of Natural Sciences offers two majors: biology and chemistry. Graduates from these programs receive comprehensive instruction in their discipline within the context of a Christian environment.

Bulldog Profiles

Students and alumni of the Department of Natural Sciences share perspectives on the culture of learning and achievement at Gardner-Webb. Click on a profile below to learn more about their stories.

Taylor Dodson ’17 chemistry

Taylor Dodson ’17

Taylor Dodson (‘17) came to Gardner-Webb University, because Golf Coach Tee Burton was willing to let her play on the team and major in chemistry. She proved that she could excel at the demanding subject and on the golf course. Dodson was a three-time Women’s Golf Coaches Association All-America Scholar and was a Big South Conference Women's Golf Student-Athlete of the Year.

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Amanda Hall ’18 major in biology, minor in chemistry

Amanda Hall ’18

As a student in the Department of Natural Sciences at Gardner-Webb University, Amanda Hall ’18 examined complex ideas in biology and chemistry. “My major classes were taught by quality professors who had such extensive knowledge in their fields,” she shared. “I am being reminded of concepts in my graduate classes rather than hearing them for the first time.”

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Gabriel Nold ‘17 major in biology, minor in chemistry and mathematics

Gabriel Nold ‘17

Gabriel Nold’s talents as a lineman gained him a spot on the football team at Gardner-Webb University. Besides the chance to play in Division I, the 2017 alumnus from Tampa, Fla., also wanted a college with a strong science program to prepare him for medical school. He accepted the GWU athletic scholarship after visiting the campus. “What truly sold me was the people,” Nold affirmed. “Everyone talked about how it was a family, and you could feel that from the moment you stepped on campus. While the football scholarship and athletic facilities drew me to the University, it was the people who convinced me that Gardner-Webb was the right fit for me.”

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