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College of Science and Engineering

David Ford, Ph.D., Dean  

Tracy Galarowicz, Ph.D., Associate Dean
Christopher Tycner,
Ph.D., Associate Dean


200 Engineering Technology Building; 989-774-1870

Associated Designators: EES, SAM, SCI

Division of Engineering and Informatics:

Department of Computer Science

School of Engineering and Technology

Department of Statistics, Actuarial and Data Sciences

Division of Mathematics and Natural Sciences:

Department of Biology

Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry

Department of Earth and Atmospheric Sciences

Department of Geography and Environmental Studies

Department of Mathematics

Department of Physics



Prepare for an exciting and rewarding career in science, technology, engineering or mathematics! The career outlook for students with degrees in science, mathematics, engineering and technology is outstanding. Graduates of our programs have well-developed skills in thinking analytically and solving problems. They are recruited for high-paying jobs in scientific, technical and administrative positions in industry, consulting services, universities, non-profit research organizations, and government agencies.

Academic programs that stress integrative learning and critical thinking skills distinguish the College of Science and Engineering. Every student has many opportunities to interact with professors, both in and beyond the boundaries of the formal classroom. Whichever program you choose you’ll use advanced equipment and work closely with respected teachers and researchers.

Many students enter careers directly after graduating while others continue with advanced study in health-related professional schools or master’s and doctoral programs. The College offers several graduate degree programs through CMU Graduate Studies.

Mission Statement

Our mission is to provide the best possible educational opportunities to prepare students for rewarding and challenging careers in science and engineering.

Our programs help students hone critical thinking and communication skills as they master the fundamental principles of their disciplines. Beyond the classroom we provide opportunities for hands-on participation in research, design projects and internships, and to develop new perspectives by studying abroad.

The research of our faculty advances knowledge with practical outcomes including information for the sustainable management of natural resources and innovations that support industry and economic development in Michigan and beyond.

Areas of Study

The College of Science and Engineering's two divisions include nine departments and over 200 faculty members. Most fields of study lead to a major or minor, many with choices of emphasis or concentration. The departments and their primary fields of study are:

Division of Engineering and Informatics:

  • Computer Science (Computer Science, Information Technology)
  • Engineering and Technology (Computer Engineering, Electrical Engineering, Mechanical Engineering, Mechanical Engineering Technology, Industrial Engineering Technology, Product Design Engineering Technology)
  • Statistics, Actuarial and Data Sciences (Statistics, Actuarial Science)

Division of Mathematics and Natural Sciences:

  • Biology (Biomedical, Cellular, and Molecular Biology; Ecology, Evolution and Conservation; Microscopy)
  • Chemistry and Biochemistry (Chemistry, Biochemistry)
  • Geography and Environmental Studies (Geography, Geographic Information Science, Environmental and Land Use Planning, Environmental Studies)
  • Earth and Atmospheric Sciences (Geology, Meteorology, Environmental Science)
  • Mathematics (Mathematics, including Pure and Applied Mathematics)
  • Physics (Astronomy, Physics)

Further information about the departments and their programs can be found by clicking on the links above. The staff of the College office can also help you locate the appropriate department and advisor.

Teacher-Preparation Programs

Majors and minors under the Bachelor of Science in Education degree are offered through the departments, as well as an interdisciplinary program in Integrated Science. If you are interested in teacher certification, consult both the specific department or program of choice and the sections on teacher certification in this Bulletin. Information about CMU’s STEM Scholars program for students preparing to be mathematics or science teachers may be found at

Pre-Professional Studies

Medical and dental schools as well as other health-related professional schools value an undergraduate degree in one of the natural or mathematical sciences as excellent pre-professional training. All professional schools require certain basic preparatory work for acceptance. The College of Science and Engineering can provide much of that preparation. See the Pre-Professional Studies for information on pre-professional studies offered at CMU.

Accelerated and Combined Programs

Several departments offer programs in a time-shortened format. For example, with proper advising and planning, a student can complete the major in Physics in three years. In addition, some departments offer accelerated master’s programs that allow a student to complete both bachelor’s and master’s degrees in five years. Check with a department advisor about such options.

Science and Engineering Student Success Center

Need help deciding on a major, selecting courses, finding a tutor, choosing a study-abroad program, finding an internship or identifying your ideal career? The College of Science and Engineering Student Success Center offers academic advising, academic assistance and career services for students interested in science, mathematics, engineering and technology programs including teacher preparation and pre-health-professions. For more information contact the CS&E Director of Student Services, Heidi Mahon, at 989-774-7506 or

Undergraduate Research, Internships, and Study Abroad

Independent research and career-related work experiences are important opportunities that you are encouraged to take advantage of whenever possible. Options include department-sponsored field studies, academic research, design projects, internships and summer employment. In addition, many departments offer study-abroad programs such as the Galápagos semester through the Universidad San Francisco de Quito, Ecuador; computer science and engineering at the Waterford Institute of Technology, Ireland; or chemistry, biochemistry and geology at Stellenbosch University in South Africa. See your major or minor advisor to develop a plan of study that balances your course load with appropriate activities.

Science and Engineering Residential College

The College of Science and Engineering and the Office of Residence Life offer students the opportunity to participate in a living-learning community with a focus on science, engineering, technology, and mathematics. Activities emphasize academics and making connections with your discipline. Contact the College or the Office of Residence Life (989-774-3111) for further information or visit the website

Student Organizations

In addition to university-wide extracurricular activities and honors organizations, the College supports many student chapters of professional organizations, honors societies, and service clubs. These organizations provide opportunities to understand the nature of a profession or the role of a professional society. Participation will help you prepare for a career and begin networking with other students, faculty, and working professionals. Information about activities and organizations is available in department offices.


The College departments occupy five buildings: Biosciences, Brooks, Dow, Engineering Technology, and Pearce Hall, which provide spaces for student collaboration as well as well-equipped classrooms and teaching laboratories. College facilities also include the CMU Biological Station on Beaver Island in northern Lake Michigan.

Modern research facilities are available to students in each department. These include a wide variety of highly-specialized laboratories ranging from nuclear magnetic resonance spectroscopy to robotics and automation to DNA sequencing and analysis. These laboratories are routinely utilized by undergraduate students taking part in research programs.