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Natural Sciences

Natural Sciences

Students with a major in the Department of Natural Sciences are invited to consider the Natural Sciences Living and Academic Learning Community. Members of the community will attend academic programming and social events led by faculty from the department. In addition, multiple opportunities are available to network with faculty and peer mentors, learn about undergraduate research experiences and internships, as well as insight to career options from Northwest alumni who currently work in industry, academia and government.

Tower Suites

Natural Sciences
community located in Tower Suites

Benefits of residing in the academic community include:

Enjoy organized activities and presentations centered on academic-based topics

Connect with first-year freshmen with the same academic interest

Experience increased interaction with academic support services and faculty to improve academic success

Discover social interactions with academic-based student organizations to help develop a sense of belonging

How to apply

Apply to a community

Complete and submit the Apply for Housing form

Apply for a Fall 2018 community by completing your housing application in CatPAWS and submitting the $50 prepayment. As you begin the housing application, select the Living and Academic Learning Community application. Please contact the Office of Residential Life for questions related to the housing application. For questions on the LALC initiative, please contact the Student Success Center at 660.562.1726.

Community Details

Who Lives in the Community?

Students who have declared a major in one of the disciplines listed below can live in the Natural Sciences Living and Academic Learning Community:

  • Biological sciences
  • Chemistry
  • Geology
  • Nanoscience
  • Students planning to pursue professional programs in medicine
  • Science meta major

Residence Hall

The Natural Sciences Living and Academic Learning Community is located on the third floor of Tower Suites West.

Tower Suites West offers two-person and four-person living arrangements, which include a private bathroom, main living space and bedrooms. Each floor features a kitchenette, laundry room, lounge and other amenities.


  • General Chemistry I
  • General Chemistry II
  • Principles of Biology
  • Zoology

Meet the Academic Coordinators

Shelley Riley

Shelley Riley

Assistant Professor

Phone: 660.562.1605