Jennifer Owen

Jennifer studied chemistry, biology and psychology before swapping psychology for the non-science minor of marketing in her second year. In her third and fourth years she has specialised in chemistry and biology.

An outstanding experience

Jennifer studied chemistry, biology and psychology before swapping psychology for the non-science minor of marketing in her second year. In her third and fourth years she specialised in chemistry and biology. “I studied maths, physics, chemistry, biology and further maths AS,” she says. “I couldn’t decide what specific scientific branch to go for, and Natural Sciences gave me the option to study those subjects that I found most interesting, whether they be organic chemistry or medical genetics. It also offered the possibility of a non-science minor, which for me was a real selling point.”

One of Jennifer’s favourite aspects of studying Natural Sciences at Lancaster is the helpful and friendly nature of the lecturers and University staff. “All the staff and lecturers are really helpful - they want to make the experience as positive as possible,” she says. “Each student’s degree is slightly different because they study different modules. Everybody understands that it’s a very individualistic experience, and are happy to be accommodating and work around problems.”

Foundations of a career

When asked if she had any plans after she graduated, Jennifer replied: “I’m hoping to go into the field of science sales, so working for the sales department in companies like Sigma-Aldrich, companies that make NMR machines and so on. I want to use my science degree but not necessarily work in a lab, and this way I can do both, as well as hopefully some travelling.”

Jennifer has thoroughly enjoyed studying Natural Sciences at Lancaster and would recommend the programme to other students wishing to pursue multiple scientific interests. “I would recommend Natural Sciences to people who are passionate about more than one subject area and have a very flexible mind set,” she says. “Changing and adapting the way you think about a problem in relation to each science is definitely something I’ve become accustomed to studying on this degree.”