Department of Natural Sciences

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Department of Natural Sciences

Associate of Sciences in:

  • Nursing
  • Nursing Online

Bachelor of Sciences in General Natural Sciences

Bachelor of Sciences with a major in:

  • Biology
  • Biotechnology
  • Computer Science
  • Chemistry

Bachelor of Sciences in:

  • Nursing
  • Nursing Online

Bachelor of Arts and Sciences with a major in:

  • Web Technologies
Biology Learning Resource Center (CRAB):

Labs are equipped with modern technological equipment

Three laboratories, two classrooms and a living organism (plants) site used in the laboratories.

Nursing Laboratory

Up-to-date technology, high fidelity breathing, pulse, pain simulators, etc.
Birthing simulator
All resources found in a hospital.
Computerized medicine dispensing cart.

Zoology Laboratory

Zoological and botanical experiences are done in the laboratory
Professor Francisco Ferrer’s, our Zoology expert, personal collection of dissected animals.

Cell and Molecular Biology Laboratory

Highly technical equipment, inverted phase – contrast microscopes connected to cameras or television/video projectors.
Biological specimen freezing equipment.
Cell Slicer equipment
High precision scales, extractors, autoclave sterilizing unit, computers, etc.

Microbiology Laboratory

Cultivation of micro-organisms
Monitoring of research on contaminants of Caño Martín Peña
Several bacteria and other microorganisms have been identified from the Caño waters that cause different illnesses and provide proof of sewage dumping.
The data gathered is used to support the need to assign government funds to dredge the Caño and improve living conditions in the neighboring communities.

Biotechnology Laboratory

High technology equipment, electronic microscopes connected to cameras, television/video projectors.
Sterile cell culture room
General Physics and Physical Sciences Laboratory
General Chemistry Laboratory
Organic Chemistry Laboratory
Instrumental Chemistry Laboratory

Our first laboratory geared for undergraduate research projects

  • Computer Laboratory
  • Science Media Lab: Computer study room for Science students
Accreditation from the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education – Bachelor’s Degree in Nursing Science
Student Organizations

  • Health Sciences Association
  • Association of Women Science Students
  • Nursing Students Association
  • Medlife
  • Microbiology Student Chapter
  • USC Pre-Dental Student Chapter
  • Biology Society
  • Computing Society
  • SSOAR (Society of Student Oriented Academic Research)
  • USC American Chemical Society Chapter

Student achievement, success stories and graduates

  • Fernando Gonzáles: (Chemistry) PhD in Analytic Chemistry (UPR), presently works at the Food and Drug Administration on Post Doctorate
  • Juan Santana: (Chemistry) PhD in Theoretical Physical Chemistry at the UPR; did Post Doctorate in Germany
  • Richard Kinch: (Chemistry), currently finishing his PHD, obtained his Masters in Chemistry at UPR
  • Myosotys Vega: (Chemistry) Licensed Pharmacist
  • Cynthia Pérez: (Mathematics) PhD, Epidemiology Professor at the Graduate School of Public Health of the Medical Sciences Center
  • Zaida Gracia: (Mathematics) Assistant Academic Dean – Central And South American Projects and Director of Special Projects at Edward E. Whitacre Jr. College of Engineering, Texas Tech University
  • Damaris Torres: (Mathematics) Biostatistics and Clinical Researcher
  • Arturo Géigel: (Mathematics) He has worked in the security field for the last 15 years and in forensic computing in the last nine years. He has offered consultancy to the Principal Technology Executive of the OGP.
  • Alfredo Casta: (Computer Science) President of Cascades Technologies, based in Virginia. He obtained his Masters’ Degree at George Washington University.  He has obtained contracts from different federal government agencies, including the Labor Department and the Department of Defense.  He has come to Sagrado on several occasions and given conferences to our students to motivate them to reach their goals. He is a Distinguished 2009 Sagrado Ex-alumnus.
  • Michael Jiménez: (Computer Science) He is the President of Assertus; his company recently awarded six scholarships to Sagrado Computer Science students. Michael started his billing company with a project in a Bank Design course given by Professor Doribel Rodríguez.  He started his first billing company then, which he eventually sold to EVERTEC to then establish Assertus, with José Lázaro, another ex-alumnus from the Business Administration Department.
  • Fabio Rodríguez: (Computer Science) He is the Database Business Development Senior Director of the Latin American division at Oracle. He visited Sagrado last year to speak to our Computer Science students about his trajectory and also about Oracle.
  • Nelson Tavera: (Computer Science) He is the President of Dataworks Consulting Group and a contract his services to the government of Puerto Rico and private firms. He visited Sagrado to speak to Computer Science students about his trajectory.
  • José Pérez Bobadilla and Denisse Vadell: (Computer Sciences) Married couple, and ex-alumni, owners of SDT Advanced Training Systems; José is a part-time professor at Sagrado in the area of networking and architecture of computers. They specialize in business computer education in and outside of Puerto Rico and in on-line education.
  • Jorge Nazario: (Computer Sciences) Founder and CEO of CEG Soft, a tax software development company. He holds a Masters degree in Business Administration from Tulane University.
  • Manuel Guzmán Serrano: (Biology) Clinical Cardiologist and Professor at the School of Medicine at the Medical Sciences Campus, UPR
  • Inea García: (General Natural Sciences with minor in Chemistry) Masters Degree in Molecular Biotechnology; she is a microbiologist at Eqlab
  • Melvin Hernández: (Biology) Dentist
  • Giancarlo Canales: (Calculus) He works at Leidos (Federal government contractors in health, national security and engineering fields) as a research scientist/engineer, his field of research are security and cryptology in Virginia.
  • Gonzalo V. Gonzalez-Stawinski, MD: He is a thoracic cardiologist at the Baylor University College of Medicine.
  • Andrés Colón Pérez: (Calculus) He worked at the Management and Budget Office. At the CIO office of both the Executive and Legislative Branches. Presently, he works at S. Digital Service at the White House.
  • María Fernanda Montiel: (Biology) She finished her PhD and is a distinguished Biochemistry researcher

Other Student achievements

  • Leilani Lotti has carried out research and made presentations sponsored by the American Chemical Society during the summer of 2015 in Hannover, Germany; during the 2014 summer, she did research at the University of Massachusetts; during the 2016 summer, she did research at the University of Oregon.
  • Adolfo Rodríguez, Boston, Chile, Ohio, Texas, Chile, California: He has done different types of research and made presentations in identifying and monitored desert and mangrove ecosystem species, and Chemistry, among other topics.
  • Several students have participated in research on Eolic energy and health and nutrition sciences at Texas Tech University during the 2013, 2014 and 2015 summers.
  • Several students have participated in research at the University of Puerto Rico and the UPR Campus of Medical Sciences.
  • The students Krystel Ocasio, Leilani Lotti and Yaileen García presented their research project: Empirical Model of Polymer Electrolyte Membrane Fuel Cells (PEMFC) using Scilab; participated in the 2016 EIFER Energy Competition sponsored by Puerto Rico Senata and C3Tec, and moved on to the final phase of the competition; awards will be given in April 2016 at the Capitol.
  • Several students presented research done on the Caño Martín Peña in the Ninth Frontiers Symposium on Environmental Microbiology at the University of Turabo; they also made a presentation at the Digital Planet Fair, organized by Ms. Ada Monzón in Plaza Las Americas.