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About the College of Sciences

The College of Sciences promotes education and research to increase scientific literacy among the community, especially members traditionally underrepresented in the sciences. The college is committed to ensuring that all students receive the encouragement, assistance, and superior quality educational experience they need to succeed in the sciences, academia, and other ventures.


  • 4,967 students
  • Undergraduate: 13 majors and 7 minors
  • Graduate: 17 degree programs
  • 7 departments and academic programs:
    Biology - Chemistry - Computer Science - Environmental Science -
    Geological Sciences - Mathematics - Physics & Astronomy



  • 10 Centers and Institutes (8 co-listed as a University Center/Institute)
  • 21 Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM) programs
  • $20 million in grants and sponsored programs awarded FY 2013

Areas of Research Focus Include

  • Cyber security in the commercialization of leading-edge security and privacy innovations
  • Nanotechnology especially for use in optics and in cancer treatments
  • Neuroscience with subjects such as the aging brain and Alzheimer’s disease, Parkinson’s disease, and Multiple Sclerosis
  • Infectious diseases that have long plagued humanity and those that are currently classified as potential bio-weapons