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2024-2025 University Catalog 
2024-2025 University Catalog

College of Science

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Alison A. Baski, Dean
_____________, Associate Dean

The College of Science (CoS) at Cal Poly Pomona is committed to our vision of fostering curiosity and a culture of scientific discovery.  Through hands-on learning in modern and evolving academic programs, and through inquiry-based research, the CoS carries out its mission to educate, mentor, and inspire students. Our professionally active faculty of teacher-scholars advance scientific knowledge while promoting a scholarly environment that engages students.

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 - Erin Questad, 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 - Greg Barding, 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 Tang, Chair
Computer Science Major (BS)
Minor in Computer Science
Minor in Data 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 Physical Education Teacher Education
Master of Science (MS) in Kinesiology

Mathematics and Statistics - Randall Swift, 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 - Alex Small, 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); 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: The College of Science Advising Center is staffed by professional advisors who provide advising to all Science majors, focused on setting goals to facilitate students’ success, persistence, and degree completion in a timely manner. The professional staff advisors collaborate with faculty, staff, and administrators in the College of Science, as well as personnel in the Office of Student Success and Registrar’s Office, to meet college and institutional goals and implement student success initiatives. The Advising Center staff also support student academic petition processing, admission, enrollment, and orientation activities in the College. Contact the Advising Center at sci_advising@cpp.edu.


Center for Excellence in Mathematics and Science Teaching (CEMaST): The Center for Excellence in Mathematics and Science Teaching is the central hub through which the college of science promotes excellent and effective STEM teaching and learning.  Our mission is to promote, implement, and study research-based practices in science and mathematics education to enhance inclusive teaching and learning in our community. CEMaST works to be an effective partner and leader in promoting, practicing and studying equitable and inclusive science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) education, nurture and support STEM-related initiatives with local schools, be a productive partner and leader in encouraging and providing support to CPP math and science students to consider K-12 teaching, and to be exemplary teacher scholars by disseminating and demonstrating research-based knowledge to improve curriculum and instruction in STEM K-16. 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 cemast@cpp.edu.



    NOTE: For all courses which have both a lecture component and an activity and/or laboratory component (e.g. SCI 1010 , SCI 1010A , SCI 1020A ), all components are corequisities; that is, they must be taken concurrently.

    Center for Science and Mathematics Education

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