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Science Students

Department of Natural Sciences and Mathematics

Department Purpose

The purpose of the Department of Natural Sciences and Mathematics is to prepare increasing numbers of students for employment and graduate programs in the fields of life and physical sciences through its Bachelor of Science degree program offerings. The departmental goal is to become a center of excellence and recognition for producing highly competitive students with backgrounds and interests in these fields and thereby having a significant impact on the projected manpower shortage of science professionals at the national level.  The Department offers the following majors/programs: 

Departmental Goals

As a multidisciplinary department, the goals are varied.  However, the general objectives, unique to biology, chemistry, mathematics are:

  • To provide each student with a sound understanding of our environment, with insights as to how each major  influences their day-to-day lives.
  • To assist the students in their application of their knowledge to their work.
  • To give extensive and specialized training to the departmental majors to enable them to succeed in graduate school, professional school, or in careers in industry.  
  • To greatly increase the number of students who major in the sciences to meet the increasing needs for minority scientists, technicians and professionals.
  • To strengthen the relationships between the department, governmental agencies and the private sector in accepting our majors for internships and employment.

Additionally, the mathematics program is designed to train students in mathematical techniques, applications of mathematics, critical thinking and problem-solving skills.  This training not only prepares the students for industry, education and government where numerical techniques are required, but also prepares them to pursue higher studies in pure or applied mathematics.