MISSION

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 mission of the Department of Biology is to provide a challenging and supportive educational experience for our students so that each student can achieve his or her educational goals. Our Biology curriculum is sufficiently diverse to prepare our students for the broad variety of postgraduate opportunities that exist in biology; it is unified so that each student experiences all the relevant areas of biology, and it is current and reflective of the new information and methodology in the field. The Biology major provides a strong grounding in biology, chemistry, physics and mathematics, and then allows flexibility in the selection of electives. Recommendations for electives are offered for students interested in pursuing interests in medicine, specialized graduate study, the many careers in the allied health professions, and the teaching of biology in secondary schools.

The overall mission of the Department of Chemistry is to prepare chemistry majors for graduate school, medical school, other professional schools, and industry, thereby increasing the number of underrepresented minorities in these areas. The Department of Chemistry offers a diversity of courses that are structured to educate students who have varied interest and backgrounds in science. The courses range from Introduction to Chemistry, which serves as a university core course, to Instrumental Analysis, which is one of the department's capstone courses. The department is proactive in providing students with the resources and opportunities to enhance their educational training. Those resources and opportunities include the following:

1. Supplemental Instruction: SI is a program offered through the Dean's Office that focuses on near peer tutoring and after class instruction.
2. Undergraduate Research: Students have opportunities to participate in undergraduate research experiences, on and off campus, during the academic and summer semesters.
3. Technology: The classrooms are equipped with SMART Technologies enabling faculty to use nontraditional teaching techniques to augment the student's learning experience.
4. Small Class Size and One-on-One instruction: The small class sizes provide students with the opportunity to receive individualized instruction.
5. Professional Development Activities: Students have opportunities to participate in Graduate School Workshops; Attendance and presentation of summer research at scientific conferences; Participation in Lincoln University's Annual Research Symposium; Participation in research seminars from off campus researchers.
6. GRE, MCAT, DAT, Preparation: There are resources to pay for students to participate in courses offered by Princeton review and Kaplan in preparation for the respective standardized exam.

The mission of the Computer Science Branch of the Math department is to provide students with the tools needed for life-long learning so that Lincoln's graduates can fully participate in the technological global society of the Twenty-first Century. The Computer Science Major program is designed to prepare the students for a profession in a Computer Science or a related field as well as graduate studies in Computer Science or a related field. The primary aim is to raise the level of participation in technical fields by promoting student creativity.

The mission of the Department of Mathematics and Computer Science is to provide students with the tools needed for life-long learning so that Lincoln's graduates can fully participate in the technological global society of the Twenty-first Century. Our specific goal is to unlock the doors to mathematical excellence and fulfillment for all students and to raise the level of participation in technical fields of under-represented groups, especially African Americans and women. The Department of Mathematics and Computer Science is designed to fulfill the needs of students majoring in any of the Natural Sciences, Social Sciences, or Humanities. Majors within the department include the Bachelor of Science in Mathematics (four areas of emphasis) or Computer Science (two areas of emphasis). A Professional Education Program for PA Certification in Secondary Math is also available. Minors in Mathematics and Computer Science (two areas of emphasis) are also offered.

It is clear that science and technology will play a very crucial role in every aspect of the 21st century life. The Physics department is dedicated to creating an atmosphere in which full awareness of science is coupled with the mission to apply science for the good society.
With an excellent track record, in the past, the department of Physics is forging ahead with the mission of producing ever increasing numbers of minority graduates in Physics and Engineering.
In the 21st century, Lincoln University will maintain academic excellence through a non-trivial commitment extending and propagating science and its applications to technology. The Physics department will play a central role in bringing excellence in science teaching and research to the School of Natural Sciences and Mathematics.

As the human population grows larger, we are becoming more aware of the environment as our life support system. Our need for clean air, clean water, energy sources, fertile soil, etc., becomes more urgent with the addition of each new human on the planet, and we also recognize the need to share these resources with other species on the planet. Because of this urgency, environmental issues have become very important internationally, nationally, and locally. The next Generation will need many more people who are trained to study and respond to environmental issues. Environmental issues are not just scientific issues, thus we will need teams of people who can study theses issues from scientific as well as, technical ethical, political economic and social perspectives.


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