Departments & Programs


Biology is the scientific study of life, encompassing living organisms and life processes from the molecular, through cells and individual organisms to populations and whole communities of plants and animals. Students are prepared for careers in industry or government, for graduate study and professional schools in health careers like dentistry, medicine and physical therapy. Students can obtain certification to teach biology by completing the professional sequence. A minor in biology is also available.

Chemistry and Biochemistry

Chemistry and biochemistry, sometimes called the "central science," study molecular scale interactions and connect other sciences, such as biology, physics, geology and environmental science, to each other. A bachelor’s-level education in chemistry provides excellent preparation for professional positions in industry, education, health careers like medicine or dentistry, public service and graduate school.

The Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry is certified by the American Chemical Society. The department offers programs leading to the following undergraduate degrees: B.Sc. in Chemistry, B. Sc. in Chemistry with ACS certification or B. Sc. in Biochemistry. An M.S. in Chemistry may also be earned either through the graduate program, or as a 5 year combined B.S./M.S. program. The department has teaching laboratories for introductory, general, organic, physical and analytical, and biochemistry courses. There are additional research and instrument labs used both for coursework and for faculty and student research.

Computer Science

Computer Science and Information Technology are exciting, challenging fields with impacts in areas that include medicine, communications, security, law and business. The areas of specialization include computer vision, networking, database systems, computer-human interaction and numerical and symbolic computation. Computer science graduates are some of the most sought-after and earn among the highest salaries of all new college graduates.

The Department of Computer Science offers a major and a minor in Computer Science and a major in Information Technology. A concentration in Professional Computing is available. This program is accredited by the Computer Science Accreditation Commission of the Computing Science Accreditation Board, a specialized accrediting body recognized by the Council on Postsecondary Accreditation and the United States Department of Education. All majors lead to a Bachelor of Science. Professional Computing is available. Graduate programs in Computer Science are also offered.

Continuing Environmental Education for Professionals

Continuing Environmental Education for Professionals (CEEP) is an initiative of the College of Science and Mathematics (CSAM) at Montclair State University. Designed to meet the demand for environmental continuing education courses in northern New Jersey, CSAM will be offering Continuing Education credit-bearing courses for LSRPs, environmental attorneys as well as an array of programs designed for the larger environmental community.

Earth & Environmental Studies

Earth and Environmental Studies encompasses Geoscience, Geography, Environmental Studies and Sustainability Science. Our students are trained to investigate and understand the earth’s natural systems and human interactions with, and impacts on those systems. We integrate physical and social sciences, economics and business. Career opportunities include environmental consulting and geoengineering, climate change prediction and adaptation, natural hazard preparedness and mitigation, natural resource conservation and management, environmental law and policy and urban planning.

Mathematical Sciences

Mathematics and physics train students in analytical thinking, critical thinking, modeling and quantitative skills sought by a wide range of employers. Graduates are employed in a variety of careers, including business, engineering, finance, government service, research and teaching, and are also prepared to deal with important societal issues.

The Department of Mathematical Sciences offers bachelors degrees in Mathematics and Physics. Students can obtain certification to teach mathematics or the physical sciences by completing the professional sequence. Minors in mathematics and physics are also available. Graduate programs in mathematics and statistics lead to the Masters degree in Mathematics with four different concentrations (Mathematics Education, Pure and Applied Mathematics, Statistics, and Computer Science) and the Masters degree in Statistics. The Department hosts one of two doctoral programs at the University, the culmination of a long history of national leadership in mathematics education. The department's 32 faculty are active in research and professional activities, and research opportunities are available for all students including undergraduates.

Marine Biology and Coastal Sciences

Marine Biology and Coastal Sciences examines the wide variety of ecosystems that are linked through water – including freshwater lakes and streams, estuaries and coastal marine habitats – that are critical for numerous plants and animals. Students learn to understand the relationships among plants, animals and humans, and how to protect and restore these critical marine and aquatic ecosystems. Career opportunities include environmental consulting, research, conservation, law and teaching.

Science Informatics

The Science Informatics Department is an interdisciplinary degree that is supported by the departments of Biology and Molecular Biology, Chemistry and Biochemistry, Computer Science, Earth and Environmental Studies, and Mathematical Sciences. Students are especially prepared to work in New Jersey's high tech pharmaceutical, biotechnology, and other data intensive industries and to engage in graduate studies in the underpinning disciplines. The degree is unique in requiring both Science Informatics interdisciplinary courses and courses in science, computer science, and mathematics within the liberal arts tradition.