If you watch the news, read the papers, overhear the stories or browse the web you already know that there is little on the national and global front that does not convey a need for continued development of well prepared scientists, mathematicians, and educators in those fields. From recent advances in genetic engineering to the need for alternative energy technologies; from the creation of ever smaller and more powerful computational tools to new approaches in sustainability sciences, the need for those in the math and science disciplines are obvious.
The College of Science and Mathematics (CSAM) has a deeply rooted commitment in the success of our students. We work diligently to keep pace with changing academic needs in a rapidly changing world. We create and maintain relevant and current programs that cross disciplines and respond to regional, national and global needs. In addition to a broad offering of excellent undergraduate and graduate programs in the “standard” sciences, unique programs exist within CSAM to address growing societal needs in sustainability, pharmaceutical life sciences, science and mathematics teacher education, and health care. Offerings include a combined BS and MS degree in Aquatic and Coastal Sciences and a combined MS/MBA in Chemistry and Chemical Business. Our EdD in Mathematics Education prepares leaders in this important arena and our unique interdisciplinary PhD in Environmental Management is creating graduates seeking to repair our ailing planet. Add to these our MS in Statistics, MS in Pharmaceutical Biochemistry, BS in both Computer Science and Information Technology, BS in Science Informatics, BS in Molecular Biology and concentrations in Financial Mathematics and Astronomy, among many other programs.
Research is a key component of our CSAM student experience. Our research programs span the globe with opportunities in China, Argentina, Antarctica, Thailand and the Philippines. CSAM faculty and students publish in top tier journals and are well funded through support from:
- the National Science Foundation
- National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA)
- Environmental Protection Agency (EPA)
- National Institutes of Health
- NJ Department of Environmental Protection
- Sea Grant
- Department of Education
as well as industries such as:
- Bristol-Myers Squibb
- Roche Pharmaceuticals
- Novartis Pharmaceuticals
Faculty and students share research in diverse areas involving:
- global warming and Antarctic ice melt
- exploring ways to reduce computer "phishing"
- population dynamics of New Jersey bears
- biochemical and molecular approaches to helping control malaria, river blindness, elephantiasis, breast cancer and other threatening diseases
- methods to remotely identify and differentiate earthbound structures
CSAM offers an array of activities and non-curricular programs for our students and alumni. These range from the Margaret and Herman Sokol Science Lectures, which has hosted lectures with such luminary speakers as neuropsychologist Oliver Sacks and string theorist Brian Green, CSAM Seminars in all departments, Science Professional Series, PharmFest, Student Research Symposium, and a Residence Hall floor with guaranteed housing for CSAM majors in one of Montclair's newest dorms, Walt Whitman Hall. The College is supported by strong programs in pedagogy, such as those found in the Bristol-Myers Squibb Science Teaching and Learning Center, and research and community programs, like the PSEG Institute for Sustainability Studies and the Passaic River Institute. In addition CSAM is home to strong student community programs including the NIH funded MARC (Minority Access to Research Careers), EOF supported Health Careers, NSF funded AMPS (Alliance for Minority Participation in the Sciences), and the Science Honors Innovation Program (SHIP) funded by Roche and the Merck Foundation.
With all of this already available, and a new state-of-the-art facility under construction, there has never been a better time to be at Montclair State, especially in CSAM. In all, the College of Science and Mathematics at Montclair State University offers a Spectrum of Possibilities, and something for anyone and everyone interested in the sciences.