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Science & Mathematics

The Division of Science and Mathematics includes majors/programs in biology, chemistry, environmental science, mathematics, and psychology. Additional program concentrations in exercise physiology and education are also offered.

The life and physical sciences are bodies of knowledge that describe not only the order within nature and the causes of that order, but also ongoing processes in themselves. It is through the life and physical sciences, that we humans gather knowledge about the universe, describe the order within nature, and organize and condense that knowledge into testable laws and theories. There is a need to discover new sources of energy, find cures for human diseases, solve environmental issues, improve prediction of weather events, and increase agricultural yields, to name a few. Faculty members who teach in the life and physical sciences are committed to developing the next generation of researchers who will tackle these issues and along with others that we have not yet to even consider.

The behavioral and health sciences seek to understand mental processes and human behavior by looking at individuals in a biopsychological context, free of biases and judgment. Faculty members who teach in the areas of behavioral and health sciences hope that students develop a healthy skepticism and intellectual curiosity by asking questions about the causes of human behavior. Most importantly, these faculty members encourage application of knowledge to empower students to make responsible and thoughtful decisions in all areas of life to enhance the mind, the body and the spirit.

Mathematics is an area of investigation that includes the most fundamental processes of observing our world, such as counting and measuring. It explains how to collect, organize, and present data to help us better understand the world, and how to model real-life situations to allow us to make relevant predictions and critical decisions. Faculty members who teach mathematics courses help provide their students the language and rules of deduction and inference for the sciences.