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2018-2019 University Catalog 
2018-2019 University Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

College of Science

Alison A. Baski, Dean
Robert Kerbs, Associate Dean

As one of only 8 polytechnics in the US, the College of Science (COS) at Cal Poly Pomona is committed to creating an environment of discovery and innovation, generating modern and evolving academic programs which include interdisciplinary curricula that emphasize a learn-by-doing philosophy for teaching and learning science, and advancing scientific knowledge by promoting a creative and professionally active faculty of teacher-scholars that engage students through and in research.

Majors in nine fields leading to the Bachelor of Science degree are offered by the seven exceptional Departments (Biological Sciences, Chemistry and Biochemistry, Computer Science, Geological Sciences, Kinesiology and Health Promotion, Physics and Astronomy, Mathematics and Statistics) that compose the College of Science. Graduate programs leading to the Master of Science degree are offered in Biological Sciences, Chemistry, Computer Science, Geology, Kinesiology, and Mathematics.  All programs are fully aligned with the University’s polytechnic, “learn by doing” philosophy, organization, and mission. 

Unique among these programs are the undergraduate Biotechnology major offered by the Biological Sciences Department, the first of its kind among the 23 campuses of the CSU; and the Adapted Physical Education specialization in the Master of Science in Kinesiology degree program offered through the Department of Kinesiology and Health Promotion, the only such program in the CSU.


Biological Sciences - Craig LaMunyon, Chair

Biology Major (BS)
Biotechnology Major (BS)
Environmental Biology Major (BS)
Minor Degrees offered in
Master of Science (MS) in Biological Sciences

Chemistry and Biochemistry - Lisa Alex, Chair
Chemistry Major (BS)
      Subplan in American Chemical Society
      Subplan in Biochemistry
      Subplan in General Chemistry
Minor in Chemistry
Master of Science (MS) in Chemistry

Computer Science - Daisy Sang, Interim Chair
Computer Science Major (BS)
Minor in Computer Science
Master of Science in (MS) Computer Science

Geological Sciences - Jonathan Nourse, Chair
Geology Major (BS)
Minor in Geology
Master of Science (MS) in Geology

Kinesiology and Health Promotion - Laura Chase, Chair
Kinesiology Major (BS)
      Subplan in General
      Subplan in Pedagogical Kinesiology
Master of Science (MS) in Kinesiology

Mathematics and Statistics - Berit Givens, Chair
Mathematics Major (BS)
      Subplan in Secondary Teacher Prep/Pure Mathematics
      Subplan in Applied Mathematics/Statistics
Minors offered in
Master of Science (MS) in Mathematics

Physics and Astronomy - Hector Mireles, Chair
Physics Major (BS)
      Subplan in Biophysics
      Subplan in General
      Subplan in Integrated Science
Minors offered in

Accreditation by Professional Organizations: The BS degree program in Chemistry, subplan in ACS is approved and certified by the American Chemical Society (ACS); while the BS degree program in Computer Science is fully accredited by the Accreditation Board for Engineering and Technology (CAC/ABET). The Single Subject Credentialing Programs in science and mathematics, and the Added Authorization in Adapted Physical Education are fully accredited by the California Commission on Teacher Credentialing. 


Science Educational Enhancement Services (SEES): SEES programming reflects the university’s commitment to providing educational services for students enrolled in the College of Science who are first-generation college students, unfamiliar with a university environment, or who for other reasons can benefit from working with faculty and other students to strengthen their connection to the University and enhance their ability to succeed academically. The SEES program promotes building community among underrepresented students in the sciences through provision of advising services, a study center, workshops, mentoring programs and research opportunities. Established in 1987, the program has had considerable success in retaining and graduating students, particularly those underrepresented in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) fields.  For information, contact SEES at 909-869-3676.

Science Student Advising Center: Located in the College of Science (Building 3, Room 1645), the College of Science Advising Center was created in Fall 2008 to better serve students majoring in the sciences. The center currently employs 3 full time staff members who complement discipline-centered advising by faculty and assist with student orientation, outreach and recruiting events and activities. Contact the Advising Center at sci_advising or 909-979-5654.


Center for Excellence in Mathematics and Science Teaching (CEMaST): CEMaST is the central hub through which the College of Science promotes excellent and effective STEM teaching and learning at all levels.  Its mission is to promote, practice, and study research-based practices in science and mathematics education to enhance teaching and learning in our community. CEMaST conducts workshops and courses for teachers, consults with local schools and districts, and maintains an instructional materials library for K-12 teacher and Cal Poly faculty use. In addition, CEMaST coordinates the subject matter preparation programs in science and advises students who are interested in preparing to be science and mathematics teachers. For Information contact the CEMaST office at (909) 869-4063 or

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Computer Science

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Geological Sciences

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Kinesiology and Health Promotion

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Mathematics and Statistics

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Physics and Astronomy

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