Department of Natural Sciences

Welcome to the Department of Natural Sciences

The Department of Natural Sciences strives to help students develop a strong science background and critical thinking skills through meaningful experiences in and out of the classroom. The department aims to prepare students for productive professional careers or for entry into graduate or professional schools. Balancing an interdisciplinary science foundation, the department maintains allegiance to Christian values, including faith, stewardship, ethics, and social responsibility.

GWU’s Department of Natural Sciences offers two majors: biology and chemistry. Graduates from these programs receive comprehensive instruction in their discipline within the context of a Christian environment.

Bulldog Profiles

Students and alumni of the Department of Natural Sciences share perspectives on the culture of learning and achievement at Gardner-Webb. Click on a profile below to learn more about their stories.

Michael Byron ’14 biology and chemistry double major

Michael Byron ’14

Two years before Michael Byron, of San Antonio, Texas, was recruited to the men’s basketball program at Gardner-Webb University, he watched the GWU team defeat the Kentucky Wildcats, 84-68, in a televised game. The historic win was on his mind when he decided to visit the GWU campus. “I got along really well with the players and the coaches,” Byron reflected. “I really enjoyed the campus and the atmosphere, so that’s why I decided to attend.”

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Kaylan Kelsey ’18 major in chemistry, minor in mathematics

Kaylan Kelsey ’18

In her classes at Gardner-Webb University, Kaylan Kelsey explored her interests in chemistry, discovering the properties of matter and chemical reactions. After graduating in 2018 with a major in chemistry and minor in mathematics, Kelsey is using her research skills to improve early detection of ovarian cancer, a disease that kills over 13,000 women a year.

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Makenzie Reynolds ’18 chemistry

Makenzie Reynolds ’18

After attending a larger college for a year, Mackenzie Reynolds ’18 transferred to Gardner-Webb University because of the smaller school setting. “I thought back to a visit I had at GWU when I was in high school,” reflected Reynolds, a native of Forest City, N.C. “I knew I would get one-on-one communication with my professors at GWU.”

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