School of Natural & Applied Sciences

Our Commitment to Student Success

Our highly dedicated faculty represent diverse professional backgrounds and research interests. We are deeply committed to helping students build a strong foundation in science, technology, and mathematics that will prepare them for a range of careers, including but not limited to medicine and health care, conservation and resource management, biomedical research, computer sciences, and software engineering. Through our Professional Health Sciences major, many of our students also go on to master’s and doctoral programs to become: 

  • physicians,
  • dentists,
  • physical therapists,
  • occupational therapists,
  • chiropractors,
  • pharmacists,
  • veterinarians,
  • physician assistants,
  • optometrists,
  • podiatrists,
  • anesthesiologist assistants, or
  • other comparable healthcare professionals

In addition to our robust majors, the School of Natural and Applied Sciences offers several minors that complement academic majors across several disciplines. Please contact us if you are interested in any of our programs and would like more information. We look forward to hearing from you!

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Avila University School of Natural & Applied Sciences, O’Rielly Hall
11901 Wornall Road / Kansas City, MO 64145 / 816.501.3790

Karin Gastreich, Ph.D., Professor; Chair of the School of Natural & Applied Science
P: 816-501-2996 / E: karin.gastreich

Undergraduate Research Opportunities

One of the strengths of Avila’s School of Natural & Applied Sciences is the opportunities our undergraduate students have for hands-on research. O’Rielly Hall is a state-of-the-art science and teaching complex with four biology laboratories, three research laboratories, a common core research facility, chemistry and physics facilities, and lecture rooms. Beyond the labs and lecture halls, we believe that all science students at Avila University must do some type of research. So we make undergraduate research a priority and include eligible students in Honors Research or work to give them an internship opportunity in their field of interest. The results of these research projects are presented in BI 499 Research Colloquium and Seminar, and during Avila’s Student Scholar Day – a campus-wide event.

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