The School of Behavioral & Natural Sciences aims to cultivate an understanding and appreciation of the creative and critical nature of scientific thought. Students acquire basic scientific knowledge and the ability to think critically, to interpret observations, and to clearly and concisely express ideas.

As one of the largest schools at Mount St. Joseph University, the School of Behavioral & Natural Sciences is comprised of seven departments: Biology, Chemistry, Computing, Criminology & Criminal Justice, Math, Paralegal Studies, and Psychology.

Many of the majors in the School of Behavioral & Natural Sciences provide a competitive foundation for students planning to pursue careers in research and education, as well as professional degrees in medicine and other health care fields.


Dean of the School of Behavioral and Natural Sciences and the Associate Provost

Dr. Gene Kritsky in the News with WVXU

Cicada In Gemstone May Help Hunt For Extraterrestrial Lif

  JUL 6, 2020

"We now know that the next landing sites on Mars contains opaline silica. That means if you want to look for fossils on Mars, one of the places you can look is in the opals on Mars," Kritsky says. READ MORE...


Click here to view article co-authored by Dr. Kritsky and published in Nature Scientific Reports: Arthropod entombment in weathering‑formed opal: new horizons for recording life in rocks

It involves the discovery of an opal that had a 5-10 million year old fossil cicada nymph entombed inside.  The conditions that formed the opal fossil also occur on Mars. If we want to find fossil evidence of life on Mars, we should look for and in Martian opals. 

Thanks To Stragglers And Early Risers, Expect More Periodic Cicadas This Summer

  MAY 27, 2020

People in the eastern United States are getting a treat this spring - if you consider more cicadas than usual a treat. Five different cicada broods have emerged instead of the one that was expected. READ MORE...

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