The basic skills and knowledge of science and mathematics are offered by the various courses associated with the University Studies program. Upper division courses are designed to provide thorough preparation for the bachelor of science, bachelor of science in education or bachelor of arts degrees. These degrees prepare students for a career, professional school or graduate school. The master of natural science degree prepares students to enter the job market or prepares them for programs leading to a doctoral degree.
The faculty in the college recognize the importance of excellent classroom instruction. The college is committed to the concept of learner-centered education and the value of experiential learning. Teaching goes beyond the classroom through effective advising and mentoring of students, which occurs in the advising center, the offices of faculty, research laboratories and student organizations.
Research and scholarly activity play a key role in the educational program. Undergraduate students, graduate students and faculty are provided the facilities, opportunity and encouragement to conduct, evaluate and report on scholarly activity and original research. Research prepares students to think critically, logically and creatively.
Education on a broader scale is aided by service to the university, the professions and the community. Service to the region is the primary function of the Linda Godwin Center for Science and Mathematics Education, the Center for Earthquake Studies and the Southeast Missouri Regional Crime Laboratory. Participating in professional societies, conducting workshops, visiting local schools and other diverse activities are integral parts of the college's educational mission.
Excellence in teaching and research, high quality service, outstanding students and successful alumni are hallmarks of the College of Science and Mathematics.