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Dean Joanna Mott

Message from the Dean

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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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

News from the College

Corps Flower
  • The Corpse flower, one of the rarest flowers in the world, bloomed in the Department of Biology at Sacramento State. The flower attracted many visitors and it provided great learning experiences about this plant for students and local community. Photo on the right.
  • The Geology Department in the college of Natural Science and Mathematics at California State University, Sacramento is ranked #8 in terms of the volume of students who do the preparatory work necessary to take and pass the licensing exam when they ultimately graduate and enter the work force. Learn More
  • Professor Clayton Visger in Biology has his paper, titled “Divergent gene expression levels between diploid and autotetraploid Tolmiea relative to the total transcriptome, the cell, and biomass” published in American Journal of Botany in February 2019. Learn More
  • Professor Amy Wagner in Geology, together with other 21 researchers, recently steamed to the Indian Ocean, where they spent weeks in remote locations collecting water and sediment from the depths with an effort to reconstruct past ocean conditions, and possibly help forecast the future. Learn More
  • Lillian Murphy, an undergraduate student working in Dr. Kimberly Mulligan’s research laboratory, won the statewide 2019 Glenn Nagel Undergraduate Student Research Award for her outstanding research, at the recent CSUPERB Symposium. This is a system wide award given to a single student and is aimed at fostering excellence in biotechnology-related undergraduate student research throughout the CSU system. Learn More
  • A chemistry professor, Linda Roberts, has received a Fulbright Scholar Award to conduct research in Sweden, focusing on structural changes in a major protein of HDL (the “good” cholesterol) that lead to damaging deposits in tissues and may contribute to heart disease.
  • Physics & Astronomy professor Dr. Christopher Taylor says a meteor is likely responsible for the strange light that streaked across the California sky. Click here for the video and Click here for text of the story
  • Made at Sac State: Watters family builds a legacy of science and teaching at Sac State.
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  • Sac State students had the opportunity of a lifetime presenting their research at the 29th International Carbohydrate Symposium in Lisbon, Portugal.
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  • Sacramento State received a $4 million grant from the National Science Foundation (NSF) and takes the lead in diversifying STEM Teaching. 
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  • A $1.5 million grant has been awarded from the National Science Foundation to improve undergraduate STEM education. 
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Featured Video

NSM Students Present Their Research

Forty-two Students from six departments in the College of Natural Sciences and Mathematics presented their research results at the annual NSM Research Reception and Poster Session on October 5, 2018.  The video is just a small sampling of where Sacramento State science students find and conduct their research projects.

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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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