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There has never been a more exciting time to be a science or math major. Today's students will help fulfill the promise of the Human Genome Project, Clean Energy Technologies and other scientific breakthroughs. In the College of Natural Sciences and Mathematics, students get to know professors while studying a hands-on curriculum. Graduates who seek stimulating careers that continually offer new challenges will find excellent job prospects.

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NSF grant will ease transition to Sac State for transfer students

For community college transfer students who dream of a bachelor’s degree and beyond, the transition to a university can be daunting. Thanks to a new $959,999 grant from the National Science Foundation, that path will get smoother at Sacramento State for more than 60 high-achieving, low-income transfer students focused on majors in biological sciences or chemistry.

Each of the students will receive a $9,000 scholarship for his or her first year at Sac State as part of the Hornet Science Scholars program. In exchange, the students will participate as a group in various programs and courses to ease their way into university life.

The new programs will be melded into Sac State’s Center for Science and Math Success, an umbrella organization comprising support programs in the College of Natural Sciences and Mathematics. “This grant really showcases the collaboration between the programs,” says Professor Enid Gonzalez-Orta, the center’s director.

The transfer students will receive help with their academic needs and their social environment. “Both of those are important for students to be successful,” says Jennifer Lundmark, a biology professor and director of the Peer Assisted Learning (PAL) program, who was the principal investigator for the grant. Academic help will include peer mentoring, team learning, and development of new study skills, as well as help finding employment in science-related fields during their first summer break.

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NSM Students Present Their Research

From the far reaches of outer space to the depths of the oceans to tiny organisms that can’t be seen with the naked eye – this is just a small sampling of where Sacramento State science students find their research projects. Forty-three teams from the College of Natural Sciences and Mathematics spent most of their free time in summer 2016 conducting undergraduate research; and on Oct. 13, they presented their work at the annual NSM Undergraduate Research Reception and Poster Session.

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Expanding Your Horizons Inspires Girls in STEM

Sacramento State hosted the 10th annual Expanding Your Horizons (EYH) Conference, a science and math conference on Saturday, Oct. 8, for hundreds of sixth-to-eighth-grade girls, designed to encourage and empower young women to pursue education and careers in science, technology, engineering and mathematics.

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Academic Departments

Biological Sciences

Dr. Shannon Datwyler, Chair
(916) 278-6535
Fax: (916) 278-6993


Dr. Michael Schmandt, Chair
(916) 278-6109
Fax: (916) 278-7584

Math & Statistics

Dr. David Zeigler, Chair
(916) 278-6534
Fax: (916) 278-5586


Dr. Linda Roberts, Chair
(916) 278-6684
Fax: (916) 278-4986


Dr. Tim Horner, Chair
(916) 278-6337
Fax: (916) 278-4650

Physics & Astronomy

Dr. William DeGraffenreid, Chair
(916) 278-6518
Fax: (916) 278-7686
Commit to Study

Commit to Study

Science and math students at Sacramento State are committed--they have to be.  The rigorous, fast paced curriculum demands determination and a commitment to hard work.  The ability to succeed in science and math is not fixed, nor is it limited to individuals with an inborn talent; it grows with dedication and hard work.  We believe that every student who wishes to study science or math, AND who makes the commitment, CAN succeed.  We have created a collection of tools to help science and math students achieve their goals.  We ask every new student to connect with each of the Tools for Success as soon as arrive, and to utilize them throughout their time at Sacrament State

Tools for Success

Find more information at the Center for Science and Math Success

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Former students and community members can connect with NSM by letting us know what you are doing now, attending a public event, and helping support students with a gift.  If you are a student, please take this opportunity to connect with your tools for success.