The College of Science and Mathematics educates and prepares our STEM students for solving complex problems in today’s workplace.
- Biology is the top major at the university for entering freshmen, with many interested in healthcare fields.
- Rigorous academic training is offered in preparation for careers or graduate or professional school.
The college continues to develop a new transdisciplinary curriculum that integrates concepts and synthesizes fundamental connections between biology, chemistry, physics, and mathematics disciplines. This instructional approach:
- immerses students in science and mathematics in their first two years in college;
- improves academic performance and helps students succeed in STEM fields;
- results in higher retention and graduation rates for STEM majors.
Upper level students will take advanced courses in their fields of study graduating with a B.S. degree in a particular field. Nationally, fewer than 40 percent of students that begin college as STEM majors will graduate with a STEM degree. To stay globally competitive, the U.S. Bureau of Labor projects one million additional STEM graduates will be needed for jobs by 2022.
The college seeks to build a new STEM facility on the UNG Dahlonega campus which has flexible, immersive spaces where this transdisciplinary STEM curriculum can be fully implemented. Already, transdisciplinary laboratory classes were piloted at UNG during four semesters and demonstrated significant increases in student retention of STEM majors. This facility will replace Rogers Hall, providing all STEM students space to work collaboratively across scientific disciplines in new flexible classrooms, laboratories and research areas.