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Degree Programs

Our Natural and Applied Sciences Department is unlike any other, in that we do not have traditional science majors. Instead, we are focused on providing a curriculum that meets the needs and expectations of business students. Our mission is to educate students and disseminate new scientific knowledge as partners in an academic community dedicated to uniting the rigor, relevance, creativity, and intellectual dynamics of liberal arts and sciences to business.

Science and technology are driving the “innovation economy” of the future. The Department of Natural and Applied Sciences at Bentley University (which includes psychology) offers courses that focus on the interests of business students, enabling them to apply knowledge of scientific principles, methods, and recent discoveries to their personal and professional lives.


The curriculum in the Natural and Applied Sciences Department is focused on two domains where the sciences have a particularly high impact on personal and professional success:

Earth, Environment, and Global Sustainability

This focuses on providing students with an understanding of the complex interactions between human society and the physical environment. Courses emphasize the role that local, regional, and global environments play in personal and business decisions. These courses build scientific literacy in the core fields of geology, environmental biology, chemistry, and planetary science, and an understanding of applications in environmental protection, resource and risk management, alternative energy, property development, and environmental mitigation.

Health and Industry

Our Health and Industry focus provides students with an understanding of physical and psychological health, and the translation of advances in biology to benefit individuals, businesses and society. Courses focus on issues related to personal health and development, public health, the biopharmaceutical industry and health care practices. These courses build scientific literacy in the core fields of human biology, psychology, genetics and medicine, and an understanding of applications to health and wellness practices, human resources, organization management, health care communications, and the biopharmaceutical and health care industries.


Our economy is driven by innovation — new products, new opportunities, new solutions to the challenges of health care, new demands for alternative energies, and new solutions to environmental issues. Professional success requires the ability to factor information about science and technology into informed business decisions.

We prepare our students for careers and for life by providing them with an awareness and understanding of the forefront of scientific knowledge, with an appreciation of how the application of scientific and technical innovation can transform our world, and with the ability to make informed and responsible choices concerning the personal, business, social, and ethical issues arising from scientific discovery.

Many Bentley graduates will find jobs in the high-tech, biopharmaceutical, or health care sectors, or in service industries. Those who can conceptualize the opportunities and challenges of scientific progress will have an advantage in these high-growth business sectors.