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COS At A Glance

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.


5,212 students
Undergraduate: 11 majors and 6 minors
Graduate: 14 degree programs
7 departments and programs:
   Biology, Chemistry, Computer Science, Environmental Science, Geological Sciences, Mathematics, Physics & Astronomy


130 tenure and tenure-track faculty


8 Centers and Institutes co-listed as a University Center/Institute
$26 million in grants and sponsored programs awarded FY 2012

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.