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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.
    • Sacramento State makes a special student’s education dream come true!  Congratulations, Yasamin Mohammad! Learn More
    • Professor Anna Patterson in Geography has been selected to serve as the campus Champion for the Extreme Science and Engineering Discovery Environment (XSEDE) Program. Learn More
    • Professor Ronald Coleman’s research student, Raiyna Villasenor, won the first place in the Ecology and Evolutionary Biology section of the national 2019 Sigma Xi Student Research Showcase. Congratulations!
    • Congratulations to Chloe Welch (Undergraduate; mentor: Dr. Kimberly Mulligan) won the second place at the 33rd CSU Student Research Competition, held at CSU Fullerton on April 26-27, 2019.  Total of FOUR students have represented NSM to present their research results at the conference:  Ethan Roberts (Undergraduate; mentor Dr. Tim Davidson), Morgan Throckmorton (Undergraduate; mentor: Dr. Jay Cummings), Brendan Tinsley (Graduate; mentor Kim Mulligan), and Chloe Welch
    • Congratulations for the following faculty who received 2019 Outstanding Wisdom and Leadership Award: Dr. Coskun Cetin (Mathematics & Statistics),  Dr. Rafael Diaz (Mathematics & Statistics), Dr. Barbara Morris (Mathematics & Statistics), Dr. Topaz Wiscons (Mathematics & Statistics), Dr. Thomas Landerholm (Biology), Dr. Jeffrey Paradis (Chemistry), Dr. Michael Wright (Biology).
    • Two undergraduate students in the Department of Mathematics and Statistics, Morgan Throckmorton and Quin Darcy (research mentor Professor Jay Cummings),  recently presented their research data at  the American Math Society Conference hosted by University of Hawaii. Congratulations!
    • Congratulations to the following students who received 2019 NSM Outstanding Student Awards: Ashley Fagundes (Chemistry), Amber Ginorio (Geology), Erika Ornouski (Geography), April Loyd (Mathematics and Statistics), Jillian Robinson (Physics) and Heather Fletcher (Biology). Learn More
    • Professor Kimberly Mulligan in Biology was selected for the faculty Development Award from the Retirees Association. Congratulations, Dr. Mulligan!
    • Professor Anna Patterson in Geography won the J. Warren Nystrom Award at 2019 American Association of Geographers Meeting in Washington DC. Learn More
    • Biology students, Aliyah Penn, Kaitlin Danziger, Chloe Welch (Research advisor: Professor Kimberly Mulligan), and Leigh Sanders (Research advisor: Professor Ronald  Coleman) were winners at the 44thAnnual West Coast Biological Sciences Undergraduate Research Conference in University of San Diego.
    • Congratulations to the NSM Faculty receiving 2018-2019 Outstanding Faculty Awards. Learn More
    • Chemistry students, together with their advisor, Katherine McReynolds, had a paper published on  journal Pharmaceuticals special issue, Carbohydrates 2018 (Pharmaceuticals 2019, 12, 39; doi:10.3390/ph12010039). Learn More
    • 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
    • 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. Learn More
    • 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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