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Mission Statement

The mission of the administration, faculty, and staff of the College of Natural Sciences and Mathematics is to:

  • provide high quality instruction in science, mathematics, by faculty for whom excellent teaching is a high priority, and who produce ideas and innovations which continually improve teaching and learning;
  • conduct original research that creates new knowledge, and to publish and present scholarly and creative works that advance the fields of science, mathematics, and education in science and mathematics;
  • provide opportunities and support for faculty to conduct original research;
  • provide opportunities for students to participate in research projects with faculty who consider continuing scholarly activity a responsibility both to their students and to their discipline;
  • provide good learning environments and well-equipped laboratories, ready access to faculty and department advisors, and a schedule of classes designed to ensure a bachelor's degree in four years for entering qualified students who take a full course load and maintain good academic standing;
  • provide classes for the general education student and non-science major that offer the substance of science and mathematics in a manner which results in graduates who can understand and appreciate the linkage between science, mathematics, and the modern world;
  • provide bachelor degree programs that result in graduates ready to pursue careers in their field, further graduate or professional studies, or enter the teaching profession;
  • provide master's degree programs that prepare students for job advancement, entry into new job opportunities, pursuit of the Ph.D. Degree, or teaching opportunities in schools and colleges;
  • seek external funding from public and private sources in support of our mission, providing supplements to State of California financial support;
  • provide an atmosphere and environment that encourages and supports collegial interaction among members of the campus community and that fosters learning, personal growth, and intellectual achievement.