Natural Sciences and Mathematics
The Department of Natural Sciences and Mathematics has a total of 13 amazing full time faculty members in the areas of Biology, Chemistry and Mathematics. Our department teaches classes from freshman level to senior level, and graduate courses as well. For instance, we offer 21 core classes which makes us the department with more classes in the university's core curriculum program.
We offer a degree in Biology which prepares undergraduate students for a variety of careers in industry and academic laboratories, for medical/health professional programs, and for graduate work in the bio-medical sciences. Our faculty members have developed meaningful research in several areas like Biotechnology, Genetics, Biochemistry, Microbiology, Molecular Biology, Marine Ecology, Development Biology, Medical Science, Veterinary Science, Pharmaceutical Science and Environmental Science. We also have state-of-the-art DNA to Environmental Laboratories, where students can conduct their own independent research.
Students have opportunities to have degrees in Mathematics in two programs: Bachelor of Arts or Science in Mathematical Science with a concentration in Mathematics, or Bachelor of Arts or Science in Mathematics with Secondary Teaching Certification (offered in Victoria and Katy). We prepare students for very marketable for positions in insurance, business, government, research, pharmaceuticals, and mathematics education. The Bureau of Labor Statistics estimates that the following math-related fields are expected to grow rapidly: actuary, high-tech research and engineering, operations research, and management science. Graduates from these programs will be well prepared to pursue graduate studies in mathematics or a related area.
We also offer graduate classes. For instance, the M.S. in Biomedical Science is offered to both Victoria and Katy campus. It is the application of biological sciences to medical use; be it research, diagnostics, health monitoring or treatment. This degree concentration further prepares the pre-health professional (pre-med, pre-vet, pre-pharm) student to obtain entry into health professional schools and biomedical science careers.
We also serve other graduate programs, such as the Master of Arts in Interdisciplinary Studies (MAIS) with the areas of Biomedical Sciences or Mathematics, and the graduate program in the College of Education in which we offer graduate math courses.
Our faculty members are also very active members of Victoria and its surroundings communities. We promote interaction of the university with several elementary-, middle-, and high-schools during a variety of activities like the Math and Robotics Awareness Day, summer camps, school visits, school field trips, after school clubs and more.