Dr. Davis with Pepperdine students in Santa Monica Mountains

Seaver College's Natural Science Division encourages our students to gain an understanding of the natural world by fostering scientific inquiry. We prepare our students for careers in their fields through a hands-on education occurring both on campus in classrooms and laboratories and out in the field in our surrounding environs.

Undergraduate Majors and Minors

Pepperdine Natural Science students

In this age of technology, the liberally educated individual must understand the nature of scientific thinking, its power, and its limitations. Our goal is to provide accurate theoretical and practical information and offer students the opportunity to observe and participate in scientific inquiry and problem solving.

Graduate Programs

Pepperdine Nutritional Science Certificate Program

Designed for post-baccalaureate Nutritional Science majors from both Seaver College and external applicants interested in becoming Registered Dietitians (RD). This program will offer field service volunteer experiences and associated professional/academic education in clinical nutrition therapy, community nutrition, public health and foodservice management.

Student Opportunities

Pepperdine students at Keck poster presentations

Through companion programs that explore service, ethics, and leadership, our students grow their skills and establish a greater purpose to their work.

Beyond Classes

Natural Science Division Seminar Series

Our Division hosts a seminar series for our undergraduate majors and minors, as well as the greater Pepperdine community.

Visit our seminar calendar

Marine Biology at Pepperdine University

Seaver offers a range of courses in marine biology. Because of our Malibu location, we are within five minutes of a variety of marine habitats in the Pacific Ocean, including rocky intertidal and lagoon sites. Laboratory facilities include marine aquaria, and equipment for physiological, ecological, and molecular research on marine organisms.

Learn more about marine biology at Pepperdine

Recommended International Study

The experiences of a summer of study and travel overseas provide an essential dimension of a liberal arts education that can be obtained in no other way. For students in the Natural Science Division, we often recommend summer study abroad experiences for scheduling reasons.

Our international programs are designed to provide any student, regardless of major, the opportunity to study, live, and travel overseas without interrupting other studies or postponing a career. This offers students a unique opportunity to gain both an academic and a personal understanding of other cultures, institutions, and languages. Learn more and check out the Summer Special Interest Programs, such as the 2014 Fiji Medical and Service Mission trip.

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Math Tutoring

The math department offers free tutoring for MATH 103, 104, 140, 141, 150, 151, and 250. Tutoring sessions are held Sunday, Monday, Wednesday, and Thursday evenings in RAC 138 from 7:00p.m. to 9:00p.m.

Visit our Math Tutoring page 

Secondary Teaching Credential

Students who plan to teach science in secondary schools should complete the requirements for the bachelor of arts degree and a California Teaching Credential.

Learn more about our teaching credential program

Visit Grunion.org

Seaver's Dr. Karen Martin is the executive director of Grunion.Org. Learn more about her work and research, explore the website, and join the group of scientists, community members, environmental organizations, surfers, and beach workers dedicated to a better understanding of the habits and habitats of beach-spawning grunion, Leuresthes tenuis.

Learn more at Grunion.org 


Student Spotlight

Pepperdine student Kimberly Gerling

Kimberly Gerling reflects on her Pepperdine mentor and her time as a chemistry major: "Dr. Fritsch has been a great person to talk to for academic advice and is willing to help with all the issues college has thrown at me. I don't think this type of mentorship would have been possible at any other school..."

Visit Grunion.org

Pepperdine student with grunion on beach

Seaver's Dr. Karen Martin is the executive director of Grunion.Org. Learn more about her work and research, explore the website, and join the group of scientists, community members, environmental organizations, surfers, and beach workers dedicated to a better understanding of the habits and habitats of beach-spawning grunion, Leuresthes tenuis.

Contact Our Division

Natural Sciences Division
Pepperdine University
24255 Pacific Coast Highway
Malibu, CA 90263-4321
P:(310) 506-4321 | F:(310) 506-4785

Division Office Location: RAC 106

Rodney Honeycutt
Chair & Professor of Biology

Stephanie Adler
Office Manager

Sunni De Lano
Director, NSCP-ISPP

Daphne Green
Lab Manager

Patricia Scopinich
Administrative Assistant

Ernest Lauer
Technology Liaison

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