College of Sciences

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 Sciences and Engineering Technology 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  
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:

 • You can choose from a wide variety of programs (22 undergraduate and 10 graduate degrees) in the fields of agriculture, industrial technology, biology, biomedical sciences, chemistry, forensic chemistry, computer science, general studies, geography, geology, mathematics, statistics, and physics.
 • Our programs will prepare you for careers in exciting and rapidly evolving fields that advance society.
 • You will learn from professors who love to teach and draw from their personal and professional experience as practitioners in their areas of expertise.

We invite you to take a closer look at the programs that spark your interest. 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 broad range of Undergraduate Programs, as well as Graduate Programs. The College of Sciences is comprised of 7 academic units: Agricultural and Industrial Technology Sciences; Biological Sciences; Chemistry; Computer Science; Geography and Geology; Mathematics and Statistics; and Physics.

College of Sciences Undergraduate Degrees
Major Degree(s)
Agriculture B.S.
Agricultural Business B.S.
Agricultural Engineering Technology B.S.
Animal Science B.S.
Plant and Soil Sciences B.S.
Biology B.A., B.S.
Biomedical Sciences B.S.
Chemistry (Professional Chemist) B.S.
Chemistry (Other Technical Careers) B.S.
Forensic Chemistry B.S.
Chemistry (Chemical Engineering) B.S.
Computer Science B.S.
Computing Science (Information Science) B.S.
Computing Science (Information Assurance) B.S.
General Studies B.G.S.
Geography B.S.
Geology B.S.
Industrial Technology B.S.
Construction Management B.S.
Design and Development B.S.
Mathematics B.A., B.S.
Mathematics with Teacher Certification B.S.
Mathematics with Secondary Certification (2 fields) B.A.
Physics B.S.
Physics/Engineering (Dual Degree) B.S.

Note: This listing of undergraduate degree programs is correct as of March, 2014 and does not include those degree programs being phased out or in the process of being proposed.


  • 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. 
  • Departments in the College of Sciences annually host state and regional conferences and symposiums.

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