Natural Sciences

Meet global challenges through inquiry and discovery.

Our understanding of the fundamental nature of the universe is grounded in the natural sciences. Whether students study the relationship of structure to function in biological systems or find mathematical patterns and structures, they’ll develop the ability to think logically and quantitatively about real-world problems. 

an interdisciplinary approach

Through our flexible curriculum, our students are encouraged to deepen their interests and explore new ones. We don’t have any required classes. Instead, you’ll choose from courses across academic areas between our Krieger School of Arts & Sciences and our Whiting School of Engineering so you can expand your knowledge, dig deeper into topics that interest you, and discover connections at the intersection of disciplines. 

Majors and Minors

I want people to be intrigued and entertained…and get a slightly more nuanced and humanized idea of what scientists are doing and how they’re thinking about things, and to understand that science is a human enterprise like any other.

Jared Kaplan, Associate Professor of Physics and Astronomy

Research Opportunities

As the #1 research university in the nation, we provide our undergraduates with resources and funding to pursue their ambitions.

  • HOUR is our home for supporting and encouraging undergraduates in research endeavors by connecting them to opportunities both inside and outside of Hopkins.
  • The Office of Undergraduate Research, Scholarly & Creative Activity (URSCA) assists undergraduate students with creating, planning and undertaking a hands-on research project.
  • The Provost’s Undergraduate Research Award (PURA), offers students up to $2,500 and a partnership with a full-time faculty sponsor for research on any topic of their choosing.
  • CIRCUIT offers undergraduates a $5,000 stipend to take part in cutting-edge summer research at the Johns Hopkins Applied Physics Laboratory (APL) to map the brain at nanoscale resolution and make significant contributions to science.
  • Johns Hopkins Medicine Summer Internship Program provides research opportunities in laboratories at Hopkins Medicine.

The Krieger School of Arts & Sciences’ departments, programs, and centers often offer their own research awards or funding opportunities.

Join the Club

Hopkins students pursue their interests outside the classroom. If you’re fascinated by the natural sciences, you might consider getting involved in these student organizations.