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Message from the Dean

Dean Trainer with Student

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.


Biology professor shares in Emmy for documentary

Biology professor shares in Emmy for documentary

Becoming California, a stunning PBS documentary co-produced by Sacramento State biology professor Jim Baxter, was named Best Documentary, Cultural/Historical, at the 44th annual Northern California Emmy Awards on June 6 in San Francisco.

Right: Celebrating their Emmy are, from left, Becoming California executive producers Jim Baxter and Jeffrey White, associate producer/writer Richard York, and producer/director Kit Tyler.

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New Center for Science and Math Success Launches

The Center for Science and Math Success (Success Center) is a one-stop shop for students, housing several innovative programs to help students succeed in science and math courses.

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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

Get Connected

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.