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College of Science & Mathematics

Waves of Change This Summer

On July 1, the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences became two distinct colleges—the College of Science and Mathematics (CSM) and the College of Humanities and Social Sciences (CHSS). This brings an end to a highly successful College of Liberal Arts and Sciences after more than 29 years. Now, we celebrate the hard work and dedication of the faculty and staff members of the CLAS during its long and successful tenure and embrace the new opportunities and challenges the new colleges propose.

Already recognized as the largest college on campus, adding two new departments, nursing and biomedical sciences and engineering, would have expanded the College to 16 departments, when most other colleges have only a third of departments at the most. As not to compromise the future growth and success of this larger academic unit, the University made the decision to split the College into two units that could serve the students more effectively, respond to the changing demands of the job market quicker and develop new initiatives more efficiently. The recently added departments will join the new School of Biomedical Sciences.

What does this restructure mean? For faculty, more availability for cross- disciplinary collaborations and interdisciplinary teaching and research, particularly in CSM, and more joint appointments. For students, opportunities for new multidisciplinary majors combining expertise and knowledge from different departments. CSM's goal is to be at the avant-garde in terms of developing new, forward-looking professional and science programs that will make our graduates competitive in the job market.