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Message from the Dean

Dean Joanna Mott

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.


Science Complex

The New Science Complex is Under Construction

The College of Natural Sciences and Mathematics is excited to see its new Science Complex under construction. The five-story, 95,000 square-foot building, designed to meet LEED Gold standard certification includes:

  • 30 teaching and research laboratories, with glass walls that put science on display
  • Two large lecture halls
  • A detached 2,500 square-foot planetarium with full-dome digital capabilities
  • An observatory with a retractable roof and telescopes for viewing the night sky
  • An entry plaza with educational displays for student and the public
  • An environmentally friendly green terrace—a grass-covered roof that provides insulation and captures storm water 

Click here for more information about the Science Complex

View the construction process by visiting our live cam

If you are interested in naming opportunities or supporting the building in other ways, please contact Jennifer Navarro, Director of Development for NSM at 8-6288 or


Featured Video

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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Academic Departments

Biological Sciences

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


Dr. Tom Krabacher, Chair
(916) 278-6109
Fax: (916) 278-7584

Math & Statistics

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


Dr. Roy Dixon, Chair
(916) 278-6684
Fax: (916) 278-4986


Dr. Kevin Cornwell, Chair
(916) 278-6337
Fax: (916) 278-4650

Physics & Astronomy

Dr. Christopher Taylor, Interim Chair
(916) 278-6518
Fax: (916) 278-7686

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