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The Natural Science degree at Daemen College offers students the opportunity to specialize in environmental studies, health sciences, forensic science, or individualized studies. Individualized studies majors are required to complete either a research project, internship or study abroad experience related to research.  

Natural Science Program Highlights

  • Small class sizes (10:1 student/teacher ratio) provide personal attention to each student from faculty members dedicated to teaching excellence.
  • State-of-the-art teaching laboratories.
  • Field study in Florida, Costa Rica and other areas while researching local habitats.
  • Internships at hospitals, doctors’ and dentists’ offices, veterinary clinics, animal shelters, and environmental firms in and around Buffalo, N.Y.
  • Opportunities to participate in innovative research projects on campus with faculty.
  • Daemen received an award form the Environmental Protection Agency for outstanding achievements in preventing and diverting wasted food.  
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Mackenzie Pye

Natural Science

Mackenzie Pye

Mackenzie is from Brockport, NY, is currently in her senior year, and is pursuing a degree in natural science/health Science with a focus in health science. Mackenzie originally came to Daemen with the intention to become a physical therapist but chose to switch to the natural science/health science track in order to pursue research in epidemiology. After taking an epidemiology course at Daemen, Mackenzie met with multiple professors from both the physical therapy and natural science departments to discuss her options for changing her major to better fit her academic goals.

Mackenzie is a fully-trained EMT and serves as the lieutenant of finance on the board of the Daemen College Rescue Squad – an in-house Basic Life Support First Response Agency. Daemen is the only college in WNY to have such a service on its campus and Mackenzie is one of the first students to be a part of the program since its inception in the fall of 2017.

As a member of SMART Squad, Mackenzie assists students with technology issues. Mackenzie completes yearly training and also serves as a trainer to help new members acclimated to the squad. Mackenzie has met a lot of new friends through SMART Squad and encourages students here at Daemen to take advantage of this resource on campus.

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For more information, contact Douglas Kalinowski, Chair of the Natural Sciences Department at or call 716-839-8546.