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Mathematics & Natural Sciences

The Division of Mathematics and Natural Sciences offers undergraduate training that leads to a Bachelor of Science degree in biology, chemistry, and mathematics. Each student works with an advisor to plan the program of study that best meets their professional goals. Also, students are encouraged to complete internships or participate in research experiences in the summer.

Majors & Concentrations


Biology students have the option to major in biology (no concentration), or focus on a specific concentration which includes:

  • Pre-health
  • Environmental biology
  • Biotechnology

Core courses include the following: general biology, botany, zoology, cell/molecular biology, and genetics.



Chemistry students have the option to major in chemistry (no concentration), or focus on a specific concentration which includes:

  • Biochemistry
  • Pre-pharmacy
  • Forensic science

Core courses include the following: general chemistry, organic chemistry, analytical chemistry, instrumental analysis, biochemistry, and physical chemistry.


Mathematics students have the option to major in mathematics (no concentration), or focus on a specific concentration which includes:

  • Computer Science
  • Pre-engineering

Core courses include the following: college algebra, pre-calculus, calculus, discrete mathematics, and differential equations.

Division Research and Internships


Allen University received a grant from the US Department of Energy’s (DOE) National Nuclear Security Administration (NNSA) Division. The DOE-NNSA Cyber Security Grant supports a Summer Science Institute which serves as a bridge experience for incoming freshmen. The Summer Science Institute prepares participants for college-level mathematics and science and helps ease the transition from high school to college. A group of students are selected to work part-time as interns in the Allen University Information Technology (IT) Department during the fall and spring semesters. During the summer a group of students will have the opportunity to work full-time in the Allen University IT Department, at Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory in Livermore, California, or participate in internships at Consortium Member Schools.

Energy Security

DOE-NNSA is also supporting a program that focuses on energy, and more importantly, energy security. The Consortium for Materials and Energy Studies (CMaES) is a collaborative endeavor between Allen University and other Institutions as well as Los Alamos National Laboratory and Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory. Students are eligible to participate in future training workshops sponsored by DOE-NNSA consortium member institutions and our national laboratory partners. Funding will be used to provide student research opportunities during the semester as well as the summer months. Freshmen and sophomore students are required to participate in inter-HBCU programs, while juniors and seniors will benefit from internship opportunities with the national laboratories, which will make them more marketable to the work force and/or graduate programs.

Active Learning

A grant from the Louis Stokes South Carolina Alliance for Minority Participation (LS-SCAMP) Program provides book scholarships to participants to enhance students’ active learning.

Environmental Justice

This grant funds the Environmental Justice Institute, which is a community-sustainable resource center for rural and economically challenged minorities and low-income populations around the DOE Savannah River Site in Aiken, as well as other communities in South Carolina. The Institute’s primary focus is promoting environmental, sustainable, and healthy communities by enabling community members to address the burden of environmental justice issues through strategic partnerships and programs.

Advancing Diversity in Aging Research

This is a grant in collaboration with the University of South Carolina for an undergraduate summer research program for students at Allen University. The program will enable students to live on the USC Columbia, SC campus, obtain a food allowance, obtain travel reimbursement, conduct research, and obtain a stipend.


The American Society for Cell Biology (ASCB) Visiting Professor Grant enables faculty members to conduct collaborative research with other leading scientists at the University of South Carolina. The grant also funds purchase of reagents to improve the biotechnology laboratory at Allen University.

Pipeline Project

Allen University is excited and honored to be the lead institution on the U.S. Department of Energy’s Pipeline Project. Being a part of this project affords Allen students many benefits like research opportunities, internships, mentoring programs and more.