Message From The Dean

Welcome to the College of Natural Sciences and Mathematics web site. I invite you to explore these pages to learn more about our degree programs, learning communities, and ongoing research activities. The College is organized into five departments and is also the home of the Arkansas Center for Mathematics and Science Education. Each of the departments is dedicated to offering superior and innovative academic programs in a supportive environment that promotes the highest levels of learning.

Our faculty members have been trained at some of the world's leading universities. While many of these individuals could work at top research institutions, they choose to work at UCA because they value the opportunity to train students in the classroom and laboratory and to mentor students in their research programs.

College facilities include a new mathematics and computer science building, a recent chemistry building, and renovated spaces in our other buildings that contain state-of-the-art classrooms, laboratories, and technology. Our faculty members have a long history of success in obtaining outside funds to improve facilities, acquire state-of-the-art instrumentation, and conduct cutting-edge research. Our undergraduates often acquire a level of hands-on experience that is not typically acquired at other institutions until graduate school. Many undergraduates are involved in research through our thriving Student Research Program or through internships with partner agencies and companies. It is not uncommon for an undergraduate to have shared authorship with a faculty member on a publication, or to deliver a presentation at a national conference.

The programs offered by our College offer an enormous range of exciting and fulfilling career possibilities, limited only by your imagination. Do you see yourself as a clinical or research physician, an environmental scientist, the lead developer (or the CEO) of a new software company, a molecular biologist working to cure a crippling disease, an epidemiologist modeling the spread of a viral infection, a mathematician working with atmospheric scientists to improve climate prediction, or a science or math teacher helping the next generation prepare for an even more complex world? At the start of the 21st century, the potential for satisfying and rewarding careers in scientific, mathematical, and computing fields is boundless.

I hope you will seriously consider joining our learning community at UCA, including our new STEM Residential College. We are confident that our student-centered, collaborative approach to education will prepare you well for a career in the sciences, mathematics, or computing. Please do not hesitate to contact me, or any member of our faculty, for additional information. I encourage you to schedule a visit to further explore the opportunities that we have to offer. We are here to help you make the right decision for your educational future. We thank you for considering our programs at UCA!

Stephen Addison, Ph. D.
Dean, College of Natural Sciences and Mathematics

201 Donaghey Avenue
Lewis Science Center, Room 105
Conway, Arkansas 72035-0001
Phone: (501) 450-3199
Fax: (501) 450-5084
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