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College of Natural Sciences and Mathematics

We are training the next generation of leaders in the sciences and mathematics, preparing them to be collaborative critical thinkers who combine classroom knowledge with hands-on research experience to ask and answer complex questions.


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NSM faculty members are annually awarded hundreds of thousands of dollars in external funding from federal agencies such as the National Science Foundation, the National Institutes of Health, and the Department of Energy via a highly competitive peer review process.

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For its mentoring and outreach success, the American Mathematical Society awarded CSUF’s Department of Mathematics its 2022 Award for “Mathematics Programs that Make a Difference.”


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NSM offers multiple scholar training programs, including the Minority Health and Health Disparities Research Training Program, known as MHRT, and the Undergraduate Research Training Initiative for Student Enhancement, known as U-RISE.

Why Choose College of Natural Sciences and Mathematics

Led by esteemed faculty researchers, CSUF offers a wide range of scholarships and department-based fellowships that support undergraduate research on such topics as climate change, gravitational waves, mathematics education and Alzheimer’s disease.

CSUF’s diverse and dedicated students harness interdisciplinary resources and experiences in the field, laboratory and research centers to explore their passions and create new scientific knowledge in their fields.

Participating in cutting-edge research alongside faculty mentors, CSUF students enjoy careers as geoscientists, field biologists, pharmacists, chemists, teachers and laboratory technicians, working at such companies as Kaiser Permanente, CVS, Gilead Sciences, Northrop Grumman and Johnson & Johnson.

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Hands-On Research

Teams of undergraduate and graduate students pursue research with faculty mentors. Students present their findings at national and international conferences and publish their work in peer-reviewed scientific journals.

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Real-World Experiences

Whether students are in the classroom, lab or field, they have the tools they need to construct hypotheses, design experiments, collect and analyze data and solve difficult problems.

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Teacher Education

Faculty experts provide leadership in the scholarship of teaching and learning, preparing future educators with K-12 teacher preparation programs and coursework. 

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Modern Labs

The renovated second floor of McCarthy Hall includes new classrooms and teaching labs, faculty research labs, student study spaces and computer labs. Labs and classrooms are stocked with technology and equipment that students use to explore relevant questions and gain hands-on experiences.

Majors and Degrees


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Scientific discovery and innovative mathematical solutions are the products of teamwork, mentorship and collaboration. In our academic centers, students and faculty work side-by-side to conduct research that goes all the way from understanding computational sciences to exploring the mysteries of the cosmos. 

Be a Part of the Solution

Our faculty and students are paving the way for the future of the sciences and mathematics, asking complex questions and conducting crucial research in such areas as data science, disease prevention, sustainable energy and climate change.

Your investment in the College of Natural Sciences and Mathematics will support a new generation of scientists, mathematicians and future educators who are passionate about advancing scientific discovery, giving back to their communities and becoming leaders in their fields. 

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