The Department of Life Sciences at SKC supports students who are interested in health and science related careers such as pharmacy, nursing, medical, molecular biology, genetics, ecology, chemistry, microbiology, mathematics, physics, and biological systems.

The Associates of Science degree in General Sciences will provide students a foundation in the fundamentals of math and science, while providing the flexibility for students to follow their own particular interests.

The Bachelor’ of Science in Life Sciences program at SKC is a new, exciting, science degree at SKC.  The degree program is designed to teach about how molecules interact within living cells, to learn about molecular and cellular biology as well as different areas of chemistry.  The knowledge gained within this program will prepare students for a wide range of career options in science as well as healthcare.  Depending on your choice of courses, you may go on to become a pharmacist, a medical doctor, dentist, medical technologist, cell biologist, toxicologist, biochemist, microbiologist or an expert in environmental health.  There is no other tribal college program that offers this type of education.  SKC is able to offer this unique program because, in addition to the course work in Life Sciences, hands-on state of the art research is included.

This hands-on laboratory experience is considered a vital, integrated component of the Life Sciences program.  So, in addition to a rigorous science curriculum, the program offers paid laboratory internships in SKC’s two research laboratories – the Environmental Laboratory (SKC-EL), and the Cellular and Molecular Biology Laboratory(SKC-CMBL). Here, students learn to develop their own research projects with one-on-one mentoring from Life Sciences faculty, who have experience in research and in publication of their scientific findings.  As a result, students with productive research projects often travel to national meetings, ranging from Hawaii to Washington D.C., to present their work.

One of the main goals of this new program is to increase the number of Native Americans in graduate programs related to Life Sciences, including biomedical research, medical, dental, and environmental research, and many others.

To help that transition to either a graduate or professional program, the SKC Life Sciences program maintains an active network with area research universities, such as the University of Montana, Montana State University, University of Washington, Washington State University and the University of Utah.