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Samar Swaid, Ph. D., Chair
Division of Natural and Physical Sciences
Philander Smith College
208- Science Building
900 West Daisy L. Gatson Bates Drive
Little Rock, AR 72202
Tel 501-370-5334
Fax 501-370-5327


The Division of Natural and Physical Sciences carries out the mission of Philander Smith College by working on graduating academically accomplished students in Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) disciplines, who are aware of their  social  and  ethical responsibilities  equipped with knowledge on how to change their communities, the nation and the  world for the better.


The mission of the Division of Natural and Physical Sciences is three-fold: 

  -To provide an inspiring learning atmosphere through student-oriented pedagogical approaches, experienced faculty and high-quality undergraduate progra ms 

-To produce  not only versatile students who are capable of meeting challenges in advanced study and professional career, but also who are aware of their social and ethical responsibilities  

-To provide service to both the relevant STEM professions and public of the State of Arkansas


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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The Division of Natur al and Physical Sciences offers  degree programs in General Science, Biology, Chemistry, Mathematics, Computer Science, and Engineering.   The Division opens the door for students to pursue careers in dentistry, medical technology, nursing or pharmacy by majoring in  biology following the suggested curricular and sequence for the careers. In addition, we offer students a number of avenues that help them to navigate through rigorous course work:

  - Historically Black College and Universities - Undergraduate Program (HBCU-UP)  - Supported through the National Science Foundation (NSF), HBCU-UP provides opportunities to High School Students, entering Freshman Students, and students in the STEM.

"LITTLE ROCK, AR (Oct. 16, 2012) --- Philander Smith College’s Division of Natural and Physical Sciences received a $1.75 million grant from the National Science Foundation’s  Historically Black Colleges and Universities – Undergraduate Program. The program aims to increase the number of minorities graduating from an Historically Black Black Colleges and Universities with degrees centered on careers in Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM).

Philander Smith College received the first phase of this project’s funding in 2006 with an allocated amount of $3 million. That funding phase expires in February 2013. The second phase of the project’s $1.75 million grant extends from Oct. 1, 2012 to Sept. 30, 2017." 


  -   Arkansas Louis Stokes Alliance for Minority Participation (ARK-LSAMP )  -  ARK-LSAMP is a collaborative alliance of eight (8) Arkansas institutions sponsored by the National Science Foundation and includes the following institutions: University of Arkansas at Pine Bluff, Arkansas State University, Philander Smith College, Pulaski Technical College, Southeast Arkansas College, University of Arkansas Fayetteville, University of Arkansas at Little Rock, and University of Arkansas at Monticello. The goal is to increase the pool of baccalaureate, masters, and doctoral degree graduates in STEM disciplines in Arkansas’ workforce.

  - 3/2 Engineering Program  - t he 3/2 Engineering Program is an articulation agreement with the University of Arkansas, Fayetteville (UARK) and Philander Smith College (PSC). This agreement allows students to receive two degrees in five years. From PSC, the student must choose a science degree (biology, chemistry, computer science, or mathematics). From UARK, the student chooses an engineering degree (biological engineering, chemical engineering, civil engineering, computer engineering, electrical engineering, industrial engineering, or mechanical engineering) .  

  4+1 COPH Program  -   the 4+1 Program is an articulation agreement with the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences. The program allows students at PSC to complete courses toward a Master of Science in Public Health. 

 On behalf of my faculty and staff, it is my pleasure to extend to you a warm welcome.


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