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 sciences, coupled with unique and in-demand transdisciplinary programs that address societal needs in data science and digital security, sustainability, pharmaceutical life sciences, science and math teacher education, and health care including:
- Degrees in Marine Biology and Coastal Sciences
- Degrees in Sustainability Sciences, including a Professional Science Master’s
- A PhD in Mathematics Education preparing leaders in this important arena to be equipped to teach mathematics to all forms and levels of learners
- An interdisciplinary PhD in Environmental Science and Management preparing professionals to solve society’s most challenging and complex environmental problems
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. An annual Student Research Symposium, in coordination with the scientific honors society Sigma Xi, provides an opportunity for all of our students to showcase their research and improve their presentation skills.
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 Centers for Water Science and Technology, and Clean Energy and Sustainability Analytics while our Sokol Institute for Pharmaceutical Life Sciences focuses on health-related chemistry and cures.
We have a Residence Hall floor with guaranteed housing for CSAM majors in Einstein Hall allowing like-minded students to be together. Building on that community programs like the NSF funded AMPS (Alliance for Minority Participation in the Sciences) provide an environment for students with similar backgrounds to succeed and excel together.
With a multitude of academic, and research, and collaborative opportunities distributed across our four science/math buildings, the Center for Environmental and Life Sciences (CELS), Science Hall, and newly renovated Center for Computing and Information Science and Richardson Hall, it’s clear that there has never been a better time get involved in science and math at Montclair State University!