About the College

If you watch the news, read the papers, overhear the stories or browse the web you already know that there is a national and a global need for well-prepared scientists, mathematicians, and science and math educators. From genetically modified organisms to alternative energy technologies, from big data and analytics to sustainability sciences, the need for those in the science and math disciplines is obvious and growing.

The College of Science and Mathematics serves the University, the State of New Jersey and the nation with academically rigorous programs for learning and research in science and math. The College offers strong disciplinary and interdisciplinary baccalaureate, certificate, master’s and select doctoral programs reflecting contemporary needs and research foci in science and math. Through an array of discovery-based courses and numerous research opportunities, the College encourages learning science and math for all University students. Highly skilled faculty with internationally recognized credentials and research depth are actively engaged in discovery, teaching and learning. These student-oriented professionals are committed to the highest standards of education in the classroom, in the laboratory, and in the field. The College provides a rich social environment that engages students in scientific depth and educational breadth to discover new knowledge and evaluate existing knowledge critically and rigorously. Discovery is the cornerstone of the educational and research mission within the College of Science and Mathematics.

CSAM distinguishes itself in transdisciplinary areas, such as sustainability science, environmental management, and pharmaceutical life sciences while simultaneously covering all major disciplines with the realm of science and math. Our centers and institutes in the College support research and education in the specialized science and math disciplines of the 21st Century. The College strongly supports links to relevant industries and has strong relationships with surrounding K-12 schools. The reach of the College of Science and Mathematics extends beyond the campus, sharing its programs and research expertise through regional, national and international collaborations with academic, state and national labs and industries.

We create evolving 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 math teacher education, and health care including:

  • A combined BS and MS degree in Marine Biology and Coastal Sciences
  • BS and MS degrees in Sustainability Sciences, inclusing a Professional Science Masters degree
  • PhD in Mathematics Education preparing leaders in this important arena
  • A unique interdisciplinary PhD in Environmental Management that prepares individuals to repair our ailing planet.

Research is a key component of our CSAM student experience. Our research programs span the globe with opportunities in Panama, Antarctica, Thailand, China and Ecuador. CSAM faculty and students publish in top tier journals and are well funded through support from:

CSAM offers an array of activities and non-curricular programs for our students and alumni ranging from the Margaret and Herman Sokol Science Lectures, which has hosted lectures from such luminary speakers as neuropsychologist Oliver Sacks and string theorist Brian Green, CSAM Seminars are hosted in all departments, plus the College offers a Science Professional Series, a major gathering of pharmaceutical professionals and students called PharmFest, and a Student Research Symposium. We have a Residence Hall floor with guaranteed housing for CSAM majors in Einstein Hall. Excellence in sharing and creating the best of science pedagogy is prominent in centers like the Bristol-Myers Squibb Science Teaching and Learning Center and community programs along with cutting edge research are found in our PSEG Institute for Sustainability Studies and the Passaic River Institute while our Sokol Institute for Pharmaceutical Life Science focuses on health related chemistry and cures. Our Center for Quantitative Obesity Research pursues studies on this national problem while also maintaining a clinic to help individuals with weight issues Strong student community programs include our EOF supported Health Careers, NSF funded AMPS (Alliance for Minority Participation in the Sciences), and our Science Honors Innovation Program (SHIP) funded by Roche, Celgene, and the Merck Foundation.

With a Spectrum of Possibilities distributed across our four science/math buildings including our remarkable new Center for Environmental and Life Sciences (CELS), and it is clear that there has never been a better time to be involved in science and math at Montclair State!