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:
Student Learning Goals and Outcomes
Goal 1. Ensure comprehensive knowledge of core principles
Goal 2. Produce modes of inquiry
Goal 3. Foster verbal and written scientific communication
Goal 4. Ensure the exposure to field-specific literature
Goal 5. Ensure Critical Thinking Scientific Knowledge
Goal 6. Foster interdisciplinary application of knowledge
Goal 7. Institute ethical behavior and societal responsibilities.
Majors and Minors
Philander Smith College is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission of the North
Association of Colleges and Schools to award baccalaureate degrees. The organization can be
reached at http://hlcommission.com/