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, sometimes called the “central science,” focuses on the study of molecular-scale interactions and connects other sciences, such as biology, physics, geology and environmental science, to each other. A bachelor’s 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: BSc in Chemistry, BSc in Chemistry with ACS certification or BSc in Biochemistry. An MS in Chemistry may also be earned either through the graduate program or as a five year combined BS/MS 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 and Information Technology are exciting, challenging fields with impacts in nearly any area or industry. 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. Our students are prepared to apply their knowledge in fields such as medicine, communications, security, law and business.
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.
Earth and Environmental Studies
Earth and Environmental Studies encompasses 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 science, social science, 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.
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 also prepared to deal with important societal issues.
The Mathematical Sciences Department offers bachelor’s 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 a master’s degree in Mathematics with one of four different concentrations (Mathematics Education, Pure and Applied Mathematics, Statistics, and Computer Science) and the master’s degree in Statistics. The Department hosts one of two PhD programs in the College, the culmination of a long history of national leadership in mathematics education. The department’s faculty are active in research and professional activities, and research opportunities and mentorship are available for all students.
Marine Biology and Coastal Sciences
Marine Biology and Coastal Sciences examines the wide variety of ecosystems that are linked through water – 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.
Physics and Astronomy
From the big bang and black holes to atoms and photons, Physics and Astronomy are about studying nature on a fundamental level, from scales large to small. Curious about how the world works? Interested in gaining an incredible skill set that will make you attractive to a wide range of employers? Learn more about the department and join us on a journey of discovery through space and time!