If you watch the news, read the papers, overhear the stories or browse the web you already know the necessity of having well-prepared scientists, mathematicians, and science and math educators. The College of Science and Mathematics serves the University, the State of New Jersey and the nation by providing students academically rigorous programs resulting in disciplinary and interdisciplinary baccalaureate, certificate, master’s and select doctoral degrees. Utilizing discovery-based courses and numerous research opportunities, the College encourages learning science and math for all 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. They provide the base for a rich social environment that engages students in scientific depth and educational breadth to discover new knowledge and evaluate existing knowledge critically and rigorously.
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. The College amasses a broad offering of excellent undergraduate and graduate programs in the “standard” sciences, coupled with unique transdisciplinary programs that address societal needs in sustainability, pharmaceutical life sciences, science and math teacher education, and health care that include:
- A combined BS and MS degree in Marine Biology and Coastal Sciences
- BS and MS degrees in Sustainability Sciences, including a Professional Science master’s degree
- A PhD in Mathematics Education preparing leaders in this important arena
- An interdisciplinary PhD in Environmental Management preparing individuals to repair our ailing planet
Research is a key component of a student’s experience in CSAM. Our research is global 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:NASA NIH NJ DEP NSF Sea Grant US Dept of Education US EPA Bristol Myers Squibb Novartis PSEG Roche Pharmaceuticals
CSAM offers an array of activities and non-curricular programs for our students and alumni. Distinguished speakers present on diverse topics, lectures from such luminary speakers as neuropsychologist Oliver Sacks and string theorist Brian Green have taken place. Seminars are hosted in all departments, welcoming internal and external presenters whose work and specializations cover countless topics.
The College also offers a Science Professional Series that invites industry professionals to discuss what they, and their companies, look for when hiring, as well as telling our students what skills they should hone and how to get an edge over graduates from other institutions. A biannual pharmaceutical conference called PharmFest, and an annual Student Research Symposium maintain a modern perspective of the pharma industry and allow all of our students to showcase and improve their skills presenting research.
Excellence in sharing and creating the best of science pedagogy is prominent in centers like the Bristol-Myers Squibb Science Teaching and Learning Center. 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 Sciences 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 on campus with weight issues.
We have a Residence Hall floor with guaranteed housing for CSAM majors in Einstein Hall allowing like-minded students to come together to explore and study together. We believe in building a community for our students bringing like-minded individuals together through programs including our Health Careers Program, 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 the Center for Environmental and Life Sciences (CELS), it’s clear that there has never been a better time to be involved in science and math at Montclair State!