Drawing on the talents and resources of the faculty and staff of its departments, the College of Natural Sciences strives to provide the best possible educational experience for students at both undergraduate and graduate levels. Courses and programs are student-centered and are designed to promote learning and achievement. Faculty research and scholarship are integrated into the educational experience for students working in laboratories, on theoretical and computational problems, and in the field.
The Department of Biological Sciences offers the BA, BS, and MS in Biological Sciences. The Department of Biology offers a dynamic and modern program in biology that prepares students both academically and practically for vocations in science and science-related fields, or for entry into graduate studies.
Chemistry and Biochemistry
The Department of Chemistry serves students who have a variety of interests. You can select from two degree programs areas, Chemistry or Biochemistry. In either program you will use computers and sophisticated equipment and instrumentation early in your studies. The curriculum integrates the practical and theoretical aspects of chemistry in a way that provides you with a comprehensive knowledge base and a special confidence in using modern scientific equipment. Students who complete the BA or BS program may continue on for further training in a MS or Ph.D. program or seek employment as a biochemist, forensic chemist, analytical chemist, inorganic chemist, organic chemist or technical sales representative.
Computer Science and Engineering
The School of Computer Science and Engineering educates students in the disciplines of computer science and computer Engineering, and teaches them to apply their education to solve practical problems in a socially responsible way. Preparing computer professionals for Inland Empire industries, the School of Computer Science teaches the development of software using current technology. Many disciplines involve computer technology, but what distinguishes this department is its focus on the theory, tools and techniques used to design computer systems and build application software. Students may study for the BS or MS in Computer Science, the BS in Computer Engineering, the BA in Computer Systems, or the BS in Bioinformatics.
A BA or BS graduate in geology could be employed as one of the following professions: hydrologist, geophysicist, geochemist, environmental scientist, oceanographer, geological surveyor, paleontologist, energy and resource explorer, or city planner.
Health Science and Human Ecology
The Department provides courses of instruction for personal growth, community service, intellectual stimulation and professional career opportunities in the public health and environmental fields. The Department offers a BS in Health Science, a B S in Nutrition and Food Sciences, a Masters of Public Health and a MS in Health Services Administration.
The Department strives to help its students and graduates serve as role models and impart values that are consistent with a democratic society. A CSUSB BS or MA degree in Kinesiology can prepare you for a career in public school teaching or health promotion. It can also prepare you for entrance into graduate and professional schools to study for health-related careers such as physical therapy, exercise science, sport pedagogy, or a variety of other human movement related fields.
The Department of Mathematics offers a variety of degrees and emphases designed to provide several blends of mathematics and specialties to the student. The BA, BS, and MA programs prepare students to solve problems. The MAT degree emphasizes a broad mathematical curriculum that makes this graduate degree ideal for students planning a teaching career at the community college or secondary school level.
The Department of Nursing continues to evolve toward improved collaboration and innovation in nursing education, scholarship, practice and service. We average over 350 undergraduate Nursing majors in the generic pre-licensure BSN program based on twice a year admissions [Fall and Winter]. The generic BSN program is offered at San Bernardino as well as at the Palm Desert Campus [Fall admission only]. The RN to BSN program for individuals who already possess a California RN license is offered at both sites. At the Palm Desert Campus the RN to BSN program is hybrid, with courses offered mostly via distance learning. The MSN program [hybrid] continues to grow and attract more applicants every year.
The Department of Physics has a focus on undergraduate instruction and research with unusual opportunities for students to work closely with faculty and to become involved with scientific instruments and equipment. While seeking a BS or a BA degree in physics our students may choose to emphasize astronomy, applied physics, science education or a program of advanced preparation for graduate study in physics or related fields.