We promote intellectual curiosity and instill in our students an understanding of the human condition and the intersections of our natural, physical, and social worlds. The School of Natural and Social Sciences can prepare you for a career in a variety of areas, from allied health fields to engineering to law.
“Do you want to make a difference? If the answer is yes, then I know that you are exactly the kind of student we have in mind for the School of Natural and Social Sciences. I am confident that our faculty can provide the knowledge and opportunities that will help you fulfill your career aspirations."
Dr. Tammy Evetovich, Dean of the School of Natural and Social Sciences
Fundamentals for Success
Many of our majors complete an undergraduate research project, honors project, or internship. As a student here, you might even have the chance to showcase your work regionally or nationally, as many of our students do. Our students also are very active in a variety of clubs and honor societies on campus.
As a student, you'll have access to modern technology-based classrooms and cutting-edge laboratory equipment. Our recently renovated labs in the Carhart Science building offer you direct access to equipment you'd expect to only find at a larger research university. You'll get hands-on experience with this equipment very early in your academic career.
We strongly believe in the synergy between classroom and the community we call home. Our faculty, staff, and students do a variety of community service work. Through Service-Learning, our students have done a variety of projects that have included everything from free blood pressure screenings to launching a bike share program on campus.
With 38 of our 46 faculty members having terminal degrees, the School of Natural and Social Sciences is dedicated to quality teaching and experiential learning in general education, majors, and graduate level courses. We are proud of their research that gets published and equally proud of the students who work alongside them to conduct experiments and analyze data.
Do you have a strong desire to give back to your rural community and return to your rural roots after attaining a professional degree? The Rural Health Opportunities Program and Rural Law Opportunities Program provide you with the quality pre-professional education you need along with a direct, reserved slot in either the University of Nebraska Medical Center or the University of Nebraska College of Law. You can make a difference in any community by pursuing our degree programs in criminal justice, psychology and sociology, life sciences, and physical sciences and mathematics, and history, politics, and geography.
Available Majors & Minors
Graduate Programs: MSOM
The School of Natural and Social Sciences offers a Master of Science in Organizational Management, with three options for emphasis areas: Human Resource Management, Information Technology Management, or Sport and Recreation Management.
Recent graduates of the School of Natural and Social Sciences enjoy successful careers in medicine, laboratory science, physical therapy, exercise science, criminal justice, history, geography, politics and political science, psychology, education, coaching, physiology, sport management, mathematics, architecture, sociology, emergency management, geospatial technology, law, and public health. Recent graduates are enrolled in graduate programs pursuing master’s and doctoral degrees at the University of Nebraska Medical Center, University of Minnesota, Johns Hopkins University, and University of Southern Mississippi.
“As soon as I heard about the Rural Health Opportunities Program (RHOP), I knew that it was an opportunity to great to pass up. Receiving tuition for an outstanding education while being in moderate class sizes that really allow you to be able to interact with the teachers and fellow class mates is second to none. Another obvious benefit would be that RHOP students are granted automatic admission into medical school immediately following their undergraduate programs versus applicants from other colleges that are not guaranteed a spot and may never receive admission.”
Sydney Armstrong, sophomore, Grand Island, Neb.
Majoring in Biology / Pre-Dentistry
“My sister was an Applied Human and Sport Physiology major and I knew that this program would be a perfect fit for me as well. Wayne State College was also close to home and affordable. My major gives me hands-on experience that helps me practice things like fitness tests, manual muscle tests, and hydrostatic under-water weighing. We also conduct senior wellness classes and meet with the elderly in the Rec Center three times a week in my Wellness Practicum. Finally, my professors are super helpful. They want to get to know you and want the best for you.”
Ashley Heine, senior, Wynot, Neb.
Majoring in Applied Human and Sport Physiology
“Wayne State College’s Criminal Justice Program prepared me very well for life after college. The education I received in the program helped set me apart from other applicants in the hiring process and helped me perform well during the academic portion of the police academy. I use pieces of what I learned at Wayne State College on a daily basis as a law enforcement officer, from writing reports to conducting investigations. I am confident that Wayne State College can prepare you for the career you are seeking in the criminal justice field.”