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Dr. Davis with Pepperdine students in Santa Monica Mountains

Natural Science Division

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.


 Student Spotlight

Kim 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

Students studying grunions

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 Us

Natural Sciences Division
Pepperdine University
24255 Pacific Coast Highway
Malibu, CA 90263

P: 310.506.4321
F: 310.506.4785
Office: RAC 106
Division Contact Request Form

Joe Fritsch
Divisional Dean & Professor of Chemistry

Stephanie Adler
Office Manager

Sunni De Lano
Director, NSCP-ISPP

Daphne Green
Lab Manager

Michael Kruel
Associate Lab Manager

Patricia Scopinich
Administrative Assistant