The College of Natural Sciences
The Mission of the College
The mission of the faculty and staff of the College of Natural
Sciences is varied: to provide service courses for all the disciplines
of the university; to provide science and mathematics majors with
the rigorous theoretical and practical training required to make
them successful and contributing citizens, both professionally and
personally; to provide professional nursing education; and to offer
pre-professional programs to prepare students for further education
in medicine, dentistry, veterinary medicine, optometry, pharmacy,
physical therapy, and dental hygiene, and to provide the background
necessary for admission to specific graduate programs at this or
other institutions of higher education.
The college offers baccalaureate programs in biological sciences,
chemistry, environmental science, geosciences, mathematics, microbiology,
nutrition and food sciences, nursing, and physics, and masters
programs in biological sciences, botany, nursing, nutrition and
food sciences, environmental science, geosciences, and science teaching.
In addition to excellent classes in modern facilities, professors
encourage students to participate in activities that complement
their academic career choices. Research, internships, and field
experiences are some of these. Each department or school has one
or more student organizations. Tutoring is provided by students
in each academic unit. Courses are also conducted at field and clinical
sites throughout California. The individual academic units schedule
seminars and colloquia, which are open to students, staff, faculty,
and the public.
The college is also committed to working with our K-12 partners
to provide a seamless education; working with teachers and students
is a high priority.