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Division Of Natural And Physical Sciences

Chair: Dr. Samar Swaid
Phone: (501) 370-5335
Location: Business Center Building, Room

The mission of the Division of Natural and Physical Sciences contributes to the College's mission by graduating Science, Technology and Mathematics (STM) majors who are academically accomplished and equipped with comprehensive knowledge in their science fields. In addition, science majors strive to be versatile in modes of scientific inquiry; quantitative reasoning; and scientific communications. Students promote ethical values that guide their practices, problem solving and decision-making. Prepared as trained researchers, critical thinkers, social justice advocates, leaders of excellence and policymakers, science majors are destined to succeed in graduate schools and the workplace, and they are expected to contribute to educational and economic advances in local, regional, national and international science and technology initiatives.

The division is also committed to providing students with an appreciation for the field of science and its application to the needs of society. The Division of Natural and Physical Sciences requires graduating seniors to pass a comprehensive examination in their proposed major field and/or to take the GRE (Graduate Record Exam) or an equivalent pre-professional exam i.e. MCAT, PCAT, DCAT, etc. prior to graduation.

The philosophy of the Division of Natural and Physical Sciences contributes to the college's philosophy by embedding the following core values in its design and conduct of its academic mission:

  • Integrity
  • Challenge
  • Commitment
  • Faith
  • Competency

Student Learning Goals and Outcomes
Goal 1. Ensure comprehensive knowledge of core principles

  • Recognize fundamental concepts in field
  • Express relationships between main concepts
  • Recognize general patterns
  • Define different principles in field

Goal 2. Produce modes of inquiry

  • Apply scientific method
  • Apply inductive and deductive reasoning skills
  • Demonstrate logical reasoning
  • Determine pattern recognition
  • Develop algorithms and systems
  • Transfer data to information

Goal 3. Foster verbal and written scientific communication

  • Demonstrate science terminology in communication
  • Explain knowledge using scientific writing skills
  • Express scientific knowledge in presentation and discussions verbally

Goal 4. Ensure the exposure to field-specific literature

  • Identify appropriate field-specific literature outlets
  • Synthesize knowledge for field-specific literature
  • Analyze knowledge in field-specific literature
  • Evaluate filed-specific literature
  • Demonstrate critical reading of scientific literature

Goal 5. Ensure Critical Thinking Scientific Knowledge

  • Demonstrate problem-solving skills in scientific dilemmas
  • Apply questioning and reasoning skills
  • Design solutions to solve problems
  • Interpret results is a scientific manner
  • Validate results using appropriate tools
  • Develop problem solving skills

Goal 6. Foster interdisciplinary application of knowledge

  • Design possible interdisciplinary applications
  • Apply knowledge to solve problems in interdisciplinary fields
  • Assess quality of interdisciplinary applications in their fields

Goal 7. Institute ethical behavior and societal responsibilities.

  • Identify ethical values in their field
  • Apply ethics guidelines followed in their profession
  • Demonstrate sense of societal responsibilities
  • Recognize science problems and issues
  • Participate in SJ issues in the scientific community
  • Produce leaders and policymakers

Majors and Minors

  • Faculty of Biology
  • Faculty of Chemistry
  • Faculty of Applied Mathematics and Computer Science



Philander Smith College is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission of the North Central 
Association of Colleges and Schools to award baccalaureate degrees. The organization can be 
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