College of Sciences

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Administrative Officers

Administrative Officers
Dean John Pascarella, PhD
Associate Dean  Anne R. Gaillard, PhD
Associate Dean Marcus Gillespie, PhD
Chair, Department of Agricultural Sciences and Engineering Technology Stanley Kelley, PhD
Chair, Department of Biological Sciences Chad Hargrave, PhD
Chair, Department of Chemistry Richard E. Norman, PhD
Chair, Department of Computer Science Peter A. Cooper, PhD
Chair, Department of Geography and Geology Brian Cooper, PhD
Chair, Department of Mathematics and Statistics Brian Loft, PhD
Chair, Department of Physics Barry Friedman, PhD

The College of Sciences strives to foster scientific literacy, analytic abilities, and the knowledge and competencies necessary for graduates to succeed as professionals working in science-based careers. The College of Sciences also strives to enhance interpersonal abilities and communication skills, both oral and written, which are fundamental to functioning effectively in the University and in the larger community. In providing educational foundations that enable students to develop, evaluate, and express ideas critically, the College hopes to contribute to the formation of responsible citizens and competent professionals.

The College of Sciences aspires to be a gateway of opportunity and a catalyst for personal and professional development. Embracing high standards, ethical practices and personalized student-faculty interaction, the College dedicates itself to excellence in teaching, engagement in quality research, and active community service. The College of Sciences will pursue its vision by:

• preparing students for continued intellectual growth throughout productive and personally rewarding careers;
• fostering the development and dissemination of knowledge through scientific inquiry;
• promoting continual professional growth and scholarly activity;
• exemplifying high ethical standards and teaching the importance of ethics in professional practice;
• increasing scientific literacy in the populace, and instilling a high regard for nature and humankind;
• understanding and respecting diversity among people, cultures, and ideas; and
• assuming the responsibilities of academic community engagement and membership in a global society.

Contact Information
Lee Drain Building 200


Academic Programs

Master's Degrees
Major, Degree Department
Agriculture, MS Agricultural Sciences and Engineering Technology
Biology, MS Biological Sciences
Chemistry, MS Chemistry
Computing and Information Science, MS Computer Science
Digital Forensics, MS Computer Science
Geographic Information Systems, MS Geography and Geology
Information Assurance and Security, MS Computer Science
Mathematics, MS Mathematics and Statistics
Statistics, MS Mathematics and Statistics
Sustainable Agriculture and Food Environment, MAg Agricultural Sciences and Engineering Technology
Graduate Certificate Department
Cyber Security Computer Science
Data Assurance Computer Science
Digital Investigation Computer Science
Educational Technology Computer Science
Geographic Information Systems Geography and Geology
Sustainable Agriculture Agricultural Sciences and Engineering Technology


  • Faculty in the College of Humanities and Social Sciences are committed to teaching excellence, curriculum innovation, research/scholarship, and community and university service.
  • Faculty in the College of Humanities and Social Sciences have been recognized for their teaching excellence with national and local awards.
  • Courses in the College of Humanities and Social Sciences are rated well above the national norms in teacher effectiveness and course excellence.
  • Faculty in the College of Humanities and Social Sciences have been recognized for their research and scholarship with national awards.
  • Annual Teaching Conference — Each year the College of Humanities and Social Sciences hosts a teaching conference, celebrating important accomplishments of faculty members. Faculty members are recognized for their excellence in teaching and explore new approaches to teaching.
  • Writing Center — The Writing Center helps students, staff, and faculty become better writers through individual and group instruction.
  • Ronald E. McNair Post-baccalaureate Achievement Program — This program is designed to provide talented first-generation, low income or ethnic minority undergraduate students with effective preparation for doctoral study. The program encourages students to engage in research with a faculty mentor and to acquire the skills necessary to succeed in doctoral studies.
  • Some of the master's programs in the college are being offered online in order to provide greater flexibility in degree completion.


Agriculture (AGRI)
Biology (BIOL)
Chemistry (CHEM)
Computer Science (COSC)
Digital Forensics (DFSC)
Geography (GEOG)
Geology (GEOL)
Mathematics (MATH)
Statistics (STAT)

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