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The overall mission of the School of Natural Sciences and Mathematics is to develop in our students the knowledge and skills required in the natural sciences, mathematics and computer science, and also to develop in them inquisitive and analytical minds required to appreciate the mechanics of the world and its environments. This will enable our students to be better prepared for their day to day activities and also to become better citizens of the world and to develop an understanding of basic scientific values. We are committed to working closely with the Schools of Social Sciences and Humanities, in fulfilling the mission of Lincoln University in fostering the proper teaching and education of our students.
The vision of the School of Natural Sciences and Mathematics is to offer challenging programs and effective advising, that will adequately prepare our students for graduate and professional schools, and an exciting working experience in an age of advanced technology.
Our effort is anchored on giving our students a mastery of mathematics, biology, physics, chemistry, computer science and communication skills as a gateway to the acquisition of knowledge of the physical world and the sciences. We are committed to providing our students with the ability to think critically, to communicate effectively in writing and speech, and also to master the technological and computing skills necessary for functionality in the 21st century. We are also committed to providing an environment conducive to learning and appreciating the sciences through classroom teaching, hands-on laboratory exercises, undergraduate research, seminars, workshops and internships. Lastly, it is our commitment to mentor our students to be successful in their career goals, in pursuing graduate and professional training and in life-long learning.
The School of Natural Sciences and Mathematics currently has a total of thirty-one faculty. Nine are full professors, six are associate professors, seven are assistant professors, two are instructors and seven are lecturers. Twenty-three faculty representing 74% are full-time and fifteen of them (65%) are tenured. Twenty-four (77%) of the total number of faculty have a Ph.D. in their field.
Nine BS/BA degrees are offered in the School of Natural Sciences and Mathematics. Between 1995 and 2001 (six years), the school graduated 353 of the total 1,556 graduates. This represents 22.7% of the total graduating class. Aside from 1999, when the school contributed only 19.4% of the graduating pool, the proportion of science graduates has never been lower than 21% of the total graduates. Our peak years so far are 2000, when we contributed 75 graduates (26.3%) of 285 total graduates, and 2001, when 56 of the 212 graduates (29%) came from the School of Natural Sciences and Mathematics. All the six Summa Cum Laude graduates in 2001 came from the school.
Between 1995 and 2001, the Biology department has contributed 122 of the 353 (35%) graduates from the school, followed by Mathematics and Computer science department with 78 (22.%) graduates, Chemistry department with 69 graduates (19.5%) and Physics with 56 graduates (15.9%). At the same time the school graduated 19 students (5.4%) with General Science and Science Education degrees. It is remarkable that 39 students graduated in Computer Science in 2000 and 2001, up from only 4 in 1999 and this figure is likely to increase, or at least remain steady in the next few years.
In addition to these achievements, the departments within the School have continued to fulfill the science requirements of non-majors as well as providing foundation courses necessary for comprehending materials in other disciplines.
Our graduates are continuing their education in medical, dental and graduate schools as well as obtaining employment in industry, government and in teaching.
In the 2001 ranking of schools carried out by the Black Issues in Higher Education, our Physical Science program was ranked second in the nation for graduating African Americans, and twelfth in the nation for graduating all minorities with the baccalaureate degree. Computer science program was ranked 40th while the Biological Science program was ranked 53rd in the nation. The ranking compared various programs in 3,500 universities in the United States. We are therefore well prepared for your education, should you choose to major in any of our programs.
Most of our students attend conferences on a regular basis with faculty. This provides opportunities for interaction with students and faculty from other schools, and participation in poster and oral presentations.
At least 50% of our Juniors have participated in a summer internship and this is providing our students with exposure to opportunities for careers in the sciences and also providing useful collaborative efforts in research.
Most students with summer research experience eventually go to medical, graduate or dental school. Departments are also involving students in colloquiums, workshops and research seminars. Experts from various fields are also being invited on a regular basis to give talks on their research activities.
Many faculty of the School of Natural Sciences and Mathematics are actively engaged in research activities. Currently, we are managing grants and contracts totaling about two million dollars. Faculty with grants in the 2001-02 school year include:
Langley, Robert (Chemistry Department, LASER, MARC Programs)
Roberts, Lynn (Physics, MESIP Programs)
Royer, David (Biology, Environmental Science Programs)
SubbaRao, Saligrama (Chemistry)
Tsai, Stanley (Physics)
Williams, Willie (Physics)
Henderson, B. (Biology)
Chikwem, John (Biology, HIV/AIDS)
Involvement in research and scholarly activities enable our faculty to be current, increases the amount of funds available for investigative research, increases faculty participation in professional meetings, increases faculty publications in professional journals, improves the image of the university, and provides opportunities for students to participate in research.
Goal #1: Promote an academic environment conducive to the teaching and learning of science.
Goal # 2: Regular curriculum development, review and restructuring.
Goal # 3 : Promote extra-curricula activities for community service and leadership skills among our students.
Goal # 4: Initiate science based programs for non-traditional students at the Urban Center in Philadelphia.
Goal # 5: Review and implement effective tools for assessing students' competence in course materials.
Goal # 6: Improve capability for effective faculty development.
Goal # 7: Update program in Computer Science.
Goal # 8: Improve recruitment programs offered at high schools in our traditional recruitment areas as well as in the communities around Lincoln University.
Goal # 9: Increase the number, retention and graduation rate of students in the sciences.
Goal # 10: Improve classroom and laboratory facilities.
Goal # 11: Determine departmental capabilities and needs.
Goal # 12: Modernize infrastructure and facilities for viable graduate and research activities in selected areas.
Goal # 13: Prepare students adequately for graduate and professional schools.