May 20, 2022  
2014-2015 Undergraduate Catalog 
    
2014-2015 Undergraduate Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

College of Science and Mathematics


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The College of Science and Mathematics is home to the departments of Biology and Physics, Chemistry and Biochemistry, Computer Science, and Mathematics and Statistics. Staffed by faculty with excellent teaching skills and varied research interests, these departments have gained nationwide recognition for the success of their faculty and graduates. Our mission is to offer the best education for our students by fostering scientific and mathematical literacy. We provide service to our communities and support for scholarship all in an environment where faculty, staff and students can reach their full potential and succeed in our global society. The college’s degree programs offer curricula that are state-of-the-art and challenging. Opportunities abound for students to develop a strong identity with their respective departments through student organizations and mentoring relations with the faculty.

Students with career interests in the sciences, mathematics, or computer science will find related degree programs in the College of Science and Mathematics. The college offers baccalaureate degree programs in biology, biochemistry, biotechnology, biology education, chemistry, computer science, mathematics, and mathematics education. It offers master’s degrees in integrative biology, chemical sciences, computer science, and applied statistics. Students with interests in medicine, dentistry, pharmacy, veterinary medicine, engineering, or related fields most frequently choose to pursue the pre-professional requirements in the Departments of Biology and Physics or Chemistry and Biochemistry. While degree programs are not offered in these pre-professional areas, students with appropriate course selection can meet the entrance requirements of most professional schools with a biology, biochemistry, biotechnology, or chemistry degree from the College of Science and Mathematics. Certificate programs or degree tracks are offered in applied statistics and data analysis, applied mathematics, clinical trials and regulatory affairs, cytogenetic technology, forensic chemistry, pharmaceutical chemistry, and professional chemistry.

Students have numerous opportunities to gain practical experience in their field. Through co-ops and internships available to students in all degree programs, they can obtain direct experience in the workplace with companies or government agencies. Many students work one-on-one with faculty in undergraduate research projects in areas of mutual interest. Our industry-based internships give students career-related experiences that often lead directly to job offers upon graduation.

Collaborative relationships exist between the College of Science and Mathematics and the Bagwell College of Education. Students who major in the education programs of biology, chemistry, and mathematics receive the same in-depth course work in the disciplines of science and mathematics, as do students majoring in these fields. Any science or mathematics education major has an option of adding on a computer science endorsement to their teaching certificate. Additionally, our Master of Arts in Teaching program in biology, chemistry, mathematics, and physics education leads to initial teaching certification in a middle or high school classroom.

Accreditations

The programs in computer science, professional chemistry and biochemistry, and teacher education degree programs in the sciences and mathematics are nationally accredited. In addition, the teacher education programs are nationally recognized and approved by the Georgia Professional Standards Commission for 6-12 teacher certification.

Undergraduate Advising Center

Initial advising for all majors is coordinated in the Undergraduate Advising Center. The Center is located on the second floor of the Science Building. The purpose of the Undergraduate Advising Center is to help students understand what is required to earn degrees offered by the College and discuss career options.

Academic Departments

The College of Science and Mathematics houses four academic departments:

  • The Department of Biology and Physics
  • The Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry
  • The Department of Computer Science
  • The Department of Mathematics and Statistics

Minors

  • Applied Mathematics
  • Applied Statistics & Data Analysis
  • Chemistry
  • Computer Science

Programs of Study

The College of Science and Mathematics offers the following undergraduate degrees:

  • Bachelor of Science in Biology
  • Bachelor of Science in Biology Education
  • Bachelor of Science in Biotechnology
  • Bachelor of Science in Biochemistry
  • Bachelor of Science in Chemistry
  • Bachelor of Science in Computer Science
  • Bachelor of Science in Mathematics
  • Bachelor of Science in Mathematics Education

Certificate and Endorsement Programs

The College of Science and Mathematics offers the following certificate programs:

  • Certificate in Applied Mathematics
  • Certificate in Applied Statistics and Data Analysis
  • Certificate in Clinical Trials and Regulatory Affairs
  • Certificate in Forensic Chemistry
  • Computer Science Teaching (K-12) Endorsement
  • Graduate Certificate in Six Sigma Green Belt

 

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