Welcome to Physical & Natural Sciences career community. We all interact with the physical and natural world. As the need for innovation in this community intensifies, many industries will require the best and brightest minds to discover and create new solutions.

The Physical & Natural Sciences Career Community prepares students to be leaders in an increasingly sophisticated scientific society through research, innovation and public service. Physical sciences generally focus on the study of non-living systems and natural sciences on objects observable in nature; positions in this field often work in laboratories, conduct experiments, analyze findings, operate necessary equipment, and develop tests and theories in a private research laboratory, government agency, or as a teacher.

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  • Environmental Services
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  • Food & Beverage
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  • Manufacturing - Other
  • Medical Devices
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  • Other Agriculture
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  • Transportation & Logistics
  • Utilities and Renewable Energy

If you are passionate about the physical and natural world, your understanding of natural phenomena, based on empirical evidence from observation and experimentation can begin in the classroom. Below, you'll find a list of academic departments whose curriculum can help your intellectual development in the physical and natural sciences as you prepare for life after Lawrence.

M = Major, m = Minor, P = Pre-professional Program, IA = Interdisciplinary area, CD = Cooperative Degree Program

For more information on symbols indicating types of study, visit Lawrence's Academics page


Previous Internships Sites

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Student Organizations.

Learn, experience, and give back.

  • American Chemical Society (ACS)
  • Association for Women in Mathematics
  • Biodiversity and Sustainability Club
  • Bomb Squad
  • Cognitive Science Lawrence (CogSciLU)
  • Society of Physics Students
  • Lawrence University Womxn in Physics
  • Lawrence Women in Science: A Scientista Chapter
  • LU Geological Society
  • Greenfire
  • Outdoor Recreation Club
  • Sustainable Lawrence University Garden (SLUG)
See Lawrence's Directory of Student Organizations.

Alumni Contacts

Viking Connect is our new online alumni mentoring platform giving you quick access to connect directly with alumni! These alumni are available for informational interviews.

Schedule an appointment to meet with an advisor to learn more about informational interviews or to identify more alumni.


Advising Resources

Career Advising


Events and Experiences

Lincoln Park Zoo Fellowship
The 1-year, post-graduation Research Fellow will gain valuable hands-on experience by assisting with various field and on-grounds research projects aimed at understanding urban ecology, how wildlife use cities, and how to ensure that wildlife and people can coexist in urban areas.
Timeframe: Post-graduation

Lawrence Physics Workshops
Physics majors and minors host high school seniors participating in this weekend workshop.
Timeframe: February

Lawrence University Marine Program  LUMP
Offered on an alternating year basis, LUMP students participate in the Biology Marine Term, where students take all three of their courses as part of the Marine Term.
Timeframe: Winter Reading Period
LU Research Fellows

As a Lawrence University Research Fellow, you will have the opportunity to participate in student-faculty collaborative research, whether it’s with our professors here on campus or with one of our collaborating off-campus programs around the world.
Deadline: Mid-February

Off-campus Program
Off-campus study provides a valuable opportunity to hone and extend the intellectual skills and capacity for civic and academic engagement associated with a Lawrence liberal arts education.
Off-campus Programs Application System

List, find and record volunteer opportunities on Lawrence GivePulse.
Timeframe: Year round



Lawrence has been supported by a tremendous number of alumni, parents and other constituents. One way many of these individuals have given back is through their financial contributions to support the experiential learning of students in the areas of internships, volunteering, research and other areas of investigation into their life after Lawrence. Below is information about some possible sources of funding. If you have questions about these funds please contact the Career Center or click the appropriate links to learn more about how to apply.


Eloise Frick Cherven Memorial Grant Program
This fund was established in 1993 in memory of Eloise Frick Cherven, Lawrence University Class of 1976, by her family, friends, and classmates. Eloise was a dedicated geology major who later earned a Master of Science degree from California State University at Los Angeles and forged a successful career in petroleum and environmental geology. The fund supports student projects and research with preference given to activities in the field of geology. Funds can be used to cover costs associated with research projects including Senior Experience projects, program fees, books/materials, or travel.

The Harold B. Zuehlke and Richard W. Zuehlke Research Fund for Physical Science
Provides students with a wide range of academic opportunities that can include Senior Experience projects, field research, conferences, lectures, symposia, interdisciplinary endeavors, and off-campus study in the physical sciences (chemistry, geology, physics). Funds can be used for travel, books, supplies, equipment and other needs as appropriate. Award amounts vary, depending on the level of the fund. Deadline: mid-February.