Department of Life and Physical Sciences

life science Welcome to the multidisciplinary Department of Life and Physical Sciences. Because we recognize that paradigm shifting discoveries occur at the interface of traditional disciplines in the academy, Fisk has integrated our natural science departments to provide students with an environment that fosters interdisciplinary thinking. Our department enjoys the scholarship of faculty in Biology, Biochemistry, Chemistry and Physics. Our undergraduate students work with creative investigators as well as committed teachers to foster critical thinking and their own independent work. Fisk also hosts MS programs in biology, chemistry and physics and is a founding co-partner with Vanderbilt University in the nationally recognized Fisk-Vanderbilt MS-PhD Bridge Program.

I encourage interested applicants or collaborators to contact our faculty directly to learn more about Fisk and our individualized attention to the needs and aspirations of each of our students.

Michael W. Watson, PhD serves as Academic Discipline Coordinator for Physics. Meet our other Academic Discipline Coordinators for our Component Disciplines Phyllis Freeman, PhD Discipline Coordinator for Biology, Brian Nelms, Ph.D. discipline coordinator for Biochemistry and Molecular Biology, and Steven Damo, PhD Discipline Coordinator for Chemistry.

Departmental Chair

Dr. Natalie Arnett
Assistant Professor of Chemistry
Department of Life and Physical Sciences
School of Natural Sciences, Mathematics and Business

Office 213 Talley-Brady


Assistant for the School: Marian Burns,