The Department of Biological Sciences provides a strong foundation in both traditional and modern areas of biology for students preparing for careers in the biological sciences. Careers for our typical graduates span the spectrum from professional study at graduate, medical, dental, or other health-related schools to technical positions in biology-related fields in industry or government.
The Department of Chemistry strives to provide a sound foundation in chemistry for students wishing to concentrate in chemistry; to prepare students for professional careers and for graduate study; to provide a proper sequence of courses for those students preparing to teach chemistry in the secondary school or preparing to enter medical, dental, or other health professional schools; and to meet to needs of the students wishing to secure a knowledge of the fundamental principles of chemistry.
Computer and Informational Sciences
The Department of Computer and Information Sciences is a small but growing academic unit. The CIS Department prides itself in its diverse student body, faculty, and staff. The Department currently has about eighty CS and IT undergraduate majors, eight full-time faculty members, and one lecturer, a senior secretary, and a laboratory coordinator/system administrator. There are three smart instructional classrooms, a smart equipped student computer laboratory, and a smart equipped collaborative learning space. The Department houses six research laboratories and has invested in hiring young energetic faculty rooted in computer science but with strong research interests in various interdisciplinary areas as well as cyber security.
The mission of the Department of Mathematical Sciences is to provide opportunities for students to develop functional competence in mathematics; an appreciation for the contributions of mathematics to science, engineering, business, economics, and the social sciences; and the power of critical thinking. The Department strives to prepare students to pursue graduate study and for careers in teaching, government, and industry.
Physics and Engineering
The Department of Physics and Engineering is home to the Optical Sciences Center for Applied Research (OSCAR), a major research center specializing in optical sciences and their broad applications. The center houses the Center for Research and Education in the Optical Sciences and Applications (CREOSA), an NSF-CREST center, and the Optics for Space Technology and Applied Research (O*STAR) Center funded by NASA MIRO program. Undergraduate and graduate (M.S. and Ph.D.) students with keen interest in, among others, optics, lasers, imaging, photonics, and space sciences are invited to apply to our programs with possibility to receive financial support, one-on-one faculty mentoring, training in state-of-the-art technologies, and opportunities for professional development.