College of Sciences

College of Sciences

Administrative Officers

Administrative Officers
Dean John Pascarella, PhD (936) 294-1401
Associate Dean Anne Gaillard, PhD (936) 294-1326
Associate Dean Marcus Gillespie, PhD (936) 294-1945
Department of Agricultural and Industrial Sciences Stanley Kelley, PhD, Chair  
Department of Biological Sciences Chad Hargrave, PhD, Chair  
Department of Chemistry Richard E. Norman, PhD, Chair  
Department of Computer Science Peter A. Cooper, PhD, Chair  
Department of Geography and Geology Brian Cooper, PhD, Chair  
Department of Mathematics and Statistics Brian Loft, PhD, Chair  
Medical and Allied Health Program Jack Turner, PhD, Director  
Department of Physics Barry Friedman, PhD, Chair  

The College of Sciences at Sam Houston State University welcomes you! Why consider pursuing a degree from this College? Here are just a few reasons:

 • Choose from a wide variety of programs – 40 undergraduate and 12 graduate   degrees, and 13 medical and allied health related academic tracks leading to a variety of careers.
 • Prepare to lead the way in exciting and rapidly evolving fields that advance society
 • Learn from faculty who love to teach and live their subjects, drawing from deep experience as practitioners in their areas of expertise

We invite you to take a closer look at the programs that spark your interest. Many of them are award winning. All will connect you with the innovative thinking, mentoring, leadership, and academic challenges that are hallmarks of an SHSU education.


The College of Sciences is committed to equipping students with the academic foundation necessary for them to be critical problem solvers in a rapidly changing world and to the generation of scientific knowledge through scholarly endeavors.


The College of Sciences aspires to be a gateway of opportunity and a catalyst for personal and professional development. Embracing high standards, ethical practices and personalized student-faculty interaction, the College dedicates itself to excellence in teaching, engagement in quality research, and active community service. The College of Sciences will pursue its vision by:

  • preparing students for continued intellectual growth throughout productive and personally rewarding careers;
  • fostering the development and dissemination of knowledge through scientific inquiry;
  • promoting continual professional growth and scholarly activity;
  • exemplifying high ethical standards and teaching the importance of ethics in professional practice;
  • increasing scientific literacy in the populace, and instilling a high regard for nature and humankind;
  • understanding and respecting diversity among people, cultures, and ideas; and
  • assuming the responsibilities of academic community engagement and membership in a global society.

Academic Programs

The College of Sciences provides a robust selection of Undergraduate Programs, as well as Graduate Programs, and multiple baccalaureate and graduate health professional tracks in the new Office of Medical and Allied Health Programs. The College of Sciences is comprised of 8 academic units: Agricultural and Industrial Sciences; Biological Sciences; Chemistry; Computer Science; Geography and Geology; Mathematics and Statistics; Physics; the Medical and Allied Health Program: and the Nursing Program.

College of Sciences Undergraduate Degrees
Major Degree(s)



Agriculture-Agricultural Business

Agriculture-Agricultural Engineering Technology B.S.
Agriculture-Animal Science B.S.
Agriculture-Horticulture and Crop Science B.S.


B.A., B.S.
Chemistry B.S.
Computing Science B.S.
Forensic Chemistry B.S.
Geography B.S.
Geology B.S.
Industrial Technology B.S.
Industrial Technology-Construction Management B.S.
Industrial-Technology-Design and Development B.S.
Industrial Technology-Industrial Safety Management B.S.
Mathematics B.A., B.S.
Physics B.S.

Note: This listing of undergraduate degree programs is correct as of November 2009 and does not include those degree programs being phased out.


  • Faculty members in the College of Sciences have been recognized nationally and internationally for their expertise through national grants and awards, publications, and presentations. 
  • Undergraduate research is encouraged through partnerships with faculty members. 
  • Students in the College of Sciences have presented and published nationally and internationally. 
  • The Mathematics Tutoring Center provides free tutoring in mathematics and statistics courses. 
  • The College of Sciences collaborates with the College of Criminal Justice to coordinate the program in Forensic Science. 
  • The College of Sciences houses the Sam Houston State University Center of Excellence in Digital Forensics and the Daniel Reeves Center for Mathematics Education. 
  • The College of Sciences is home to the multidisciplinary Medical and Allied Health Program, which assists students in their pursuit of baccalaureate and advanced graduate degrees in medical and health related professional programs. 
  • Departments in the College of Sciences annually host state and regional conferences and symposiums.

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