Steven N. Murray
ASSISTANT DEAN, STUDENT AFFAIRS
McCarthy Hall 166
“We provide a complete
educational experience to all
students through student centered,
in the classroom and the laboratory.
We view research experience for
students as an essential and
necessary component in the
learning of science.”
Dean Steven N. Murray
College of Natural Sciences and Mathematics
The curricula of the College of Natural Sciences and Mathematics are designed to prepare students for careers in scientific, mathematical, and other technical fields; for further study and specialization in advanced graduate work; and for entry into professional schools of medicine and other health-related disciplines. The faculty of the college is actively involved not only in instruction and research but also in the advisement of students in the college on topics relating to the planning of career and program goals. Cooperative education internship programs are available in each of the College’s Departments.
The College sponsors a variety of professional and educational programs at which students and faculty have an opportunity to meet with their counterparts. The College also has an external advisory council.
Biological Science, Bachelor of Science
Biology, Master of Science
Biochemistry, Bachelor of Science
Chemistry, Bachelor of Arts
Chemistry, Bachelor of Science
Chemistry, Master of Science
Geology, Bachelor of Science
Geology, Master of Science
Mathematics, Bachelor of Arts
Mathematics for Teacher Education, Minor
Mathematics, Master of Arts
Natural Sciences, Minor
Physics, Bachelor of Science
Physics, Master of Science
Pre-Health Professions Studies, Certificate
For a career in mathematics or science, a sound foundation is essential. High school preparation should include:
At least three, preferably four, years of mathematics,
Chemistry and/or physics, preferably both;
Two or three years of foreign language.
Community college preparation should include at the minimum:
First course in the major.
Enrollment in introductory courses is restricted to those who are adequately prepared, as shown by performance on qualifying examinations. In addition, the Entry Level Mathematics (ELM) examination is required of all students unless exempt.
Undergraduate students should call the department office of their major to arrange for advising and approval of their study plan. University policy requires students to see an adviser each of their first two semesters and every year thereafter. Most departments prefer to advise their majors more frequently. Students interested in programs in the College, but without a declared major should call the Office of the Dean for advisement.
FOR HEALTH PROFESSIONS
It is important for any student interested in a career in the health professions to seek advisement at the Health Professions Office prior to registering for the first semester.
Graduate students should consult the graduate adviser in
their major department before registering for the first
semester. No more than nine units may be completed before
an approved study plan is filed.
SCHOLARSHIPS AND AWARDS
Diefenderfer Award: made annually to an outstanding woman or minority student.
College of Natural Sciences and Mathematics’ Scholarship for Scholastic Achievement
NSM Boeing Scholar Award. Established by the Boeing Company to recognize academic achievement in mathematics and the sciences.
Jewel Plummer Cobb Scholarship for Scholastic Achievement. Awarded to an outstanding, under-represented science major.
Wolfram Award in Computational Science. Award offers a lifetime copy of Mathematica software to student who demonstrates greatest potential in computational science.
Miles McCarthy Health Professions Award. Annual award to the outstanding graduate from the program for the health professions.
Kenneth Goodhue-McWilliams Award. For outstanding contributions to community service by a health professions student.
Chemistry and Biochemistry
American Chemical Society Award. Recognizes a graduating senior Chemistry-Biochemistry major for exemplary academic achievement.
American Institute of Chemists Award. Made to a graduating senior who has demonstrated outstanding scholarship and undergraduate research.
James Sternberg Scholarship. Presented to outstanding first year graduate student.
Gloria Welch Scholarship. Presented to outstanding transfer student (from community college).
Glenn Nakaya Scholarship. Given to outstanding, deserving undergraduate chemistry student.
Boeing Scholarship for chemistry and biochemistry.
The Lyle Wallace Award. For service to the Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry.
The Hypercube Scholar Award recognizes a graduating senior for accomplishments in molecular modeling/computational chemistry.
Other awards made by the Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry are the
Freshman Chemistry Award and the Undergraduate Awards for Achievement in Organic Chemistry and in Analytical Chemistry.
CSUF Institute of Gerontology Outstanding Student in Biochemistry Award. Given to outstanding biochemistry student engaged in studies on ageing.
Mark Lackey Award. For graduate teaching.
Glenn Nagel Scholarship. To provide support for summer undergraduate research.
Rachel Carson Award. A commemoration of the ideals of Rachel Carson.
Boeing Award. Established by the Boeing Company to recognize academic achievement in the biological sciences.
Friends of the Arboretum, David L. Walkington Scholarship. For an outstanding biology student who has chosen Botany for a career.
Donald Gardner Memorial Scholarship to recognize individuals who have demonstrated a love of teaching biology.
Dr. and Mrs. Donald B. Bright Environmental Scholarship. For students interested in careers in Environmental Biology.
Stanley Hillman and Lon McClanahan Scholarship. In plant or animal physiological ecology.
Coppel Graduate Science Award. Award to biology graduate students.
L. Jack Bradshaw Scholarship in immunology.
Jerome Wilson Memorial scholarship. Awarded to students with an interest in genetics.
Kenneth Goodhue-McWilliams First Instar Award for Teaching.
Kenneth Goodhue-McWilliams Metamorphosis Award in Teaching.
Department of Geological Sciences: for outstanding graduating senior students for service and scholarship.
Outstanding Major Award.
Outstanding Academic Achievement.
Boeing Scholarship in Geology.
John D. Cooper Field Camp Award.
Prem K. Saint Hydrology Award.
Marilyn A. Brown Scholarship.
Department of Mathematics recognizes excellent academic achievement by both undergraduate and graduate students in a number of awards, including the Outstanding Teaching Award, the Outstanding Math Scholar, The Math Club Scholarship and the Lila B. Hromadka Award.
Actuarial Studies Scholarship. Recognizes academic achievement for students in actuarial science.
The Brandon Nghi Tran Memorial Scholarship
Math Club Scholarship
Boeing Scholarship in Mathematics.
Rose Klein Award in Algebra and Probability for the Secondary Teacher.
The Dan Black Scholarship provides support to a junior Physics major based on need and promise, and is renewable for the senior year.
The Department of Physics honors the memory of Edward Lee Cooperman, and a scholarship in his name goes to an outstanding student.
The Constance Beech Eiker-Raymond V. Adams Creativity Award is given to a student who developed an outstanding set of instructional laboratory experiments.
The Dr. Robert W. Kedzie Award recognizes the most improved Physics major.
Boeing Scholarship in Physics.
Norman Nitzberg Awards in Experimental Physics.
FUNDED RESEARCH OPPORTUNITIES
MARC (Minority Access to Research Careers)
This NIH-supported program develops six exceptional scholars and prepares them for success in PhD programs.
REU (Research Experience for Undergraduates) Program
Provides students interested in research, who might not otherwise have the opportunity because of economic constraints, to carry out the research during the summer months.
MHIRT (Minority Health & Health Disparities International Research Training) Program
NIH-sponsored program that provides minority students with the opportunity to carry out research during the summer at laboratories in England, Mexico or Thailand.
NIH-funded program facilitates admission of our masters-level minority research students to PhD programs at UC Riverside, UC San Diego, USC and UCI.
Individual Faculty Research Projects
PROGRAM IN GENERAL EDUCATION
Majors in the College of Natural Sciences and Mathematics should take mathematics and other courses in related fields early in their academic careers. General education courses normally should be scheduled throughout the study sequence.
Because of high unit requirements for the Bachelor of Science in Chemistry, this program has modified requirements for general education. Students should consult the department for particulars.
CERTIFICATE IN PRE-HEALTH PROFESSIONS STUDIES
This certificate program provides the required and appropriate coursework for post-baccalaureate students who wish to change career direction and prepare for medical, dental or pharmacy professional schools. The program includes the facilities of an advising center with support for many issues related to the health professions. This program is not for science majors wishing to improve their academic records or test scores in anticipation of application to professional schools.
Students are encouraged to apply for admission as soon as possible by submitting an online application starting on October 1st for fall admission and August 1st for spring admission (see http://www.csumentor.edu). Because of the limited number of students that can be accepted into this program, application deadlines may be changed based on enrollment projections.
Admission is competitive. Applicants will be evaluated based on the following:
1. Acceptable bachelor’s degree in a non-science-based discipline from an appropriately accredited institution;
2. Minimum grade point average of at least 2.75 in the last 60 semester units attempted, and applicant must be in good standing at last college attended;
3. A well written one-page statement of purpose.
Students with deficiencies in mathematics or those requiring additional science background in order to take the required courses are encouraged to complete the necessary coursework prior to enrolling in the certificate program. Under no circumstances will such coursework be credited towards the Pre-Health Professions Studies certificate program requirements.
The Certificate in Pre-Health Professions Studies requires a minimum of 50 units of approved coursework, most of which will be required by the professional schools. The other courses required for this program are either highly recommended by professional schools or important for standardized test preparation. Each student in consultation with the Health Professions Coordinator or his representative will develop a program of student that will include the following courses or their equivalents:
Biology 172 Cellular Basis of Life (5)
Biology 273 Genetics and Molecular Biology (5)
Chemistry 120A General Chemistry (5)
Chemistry 120B General Chemistry (5)
Chemistry 301A Organic Chemistry (3)
Chemistry 301B Organic Chemistry (3)
Chemistry 302 Organic Chemistry Lab (2)
Chemistry 421 Biological Chemistry (3)
Physics 211 Elementary Physics (3)
Physics 211L Elementary Physics Lab (1)
Physics 212 Elementary Physics (3)
Physics 212L Elementary Physics Lab (1)
Math 130 or 150A A Short Course in Calculus or Calculus (4)
In addition, seven to 11 units of appropriate coursework determined in consultation with the Health Professions Coordinator shall be taken from the following list of courses or their equivalents:
Biology 302 General Microbiology (4)
Biology 303 Intermediate Cell Biology (3)
Biology 309 Intermediate Molecular Biology (3)
Biology 361 Human Anatomy (4)
Biology 362 Mammalian Physiology (4)
Philosophy 314 Medical Ethics (3) OR Philosophy 316 Research Ethics (3)
For more detailed information or advisement, students should contact the Health Professions Advising Office.