College of Arts and Sciences

Dr. Karen Gaines, Dean

The College of Arts and Sciences is home to several outstanding degree programs and, in addition, is the primary provider of the curricula that fulfill the University’s general education goals. Students may choose to pursue such majors as Communication, Computational Mathematics, , Engineering Physics, Homeland Security, Human Factors Psychology, Interdisciplinary Studies, and Space Physics. At the graduate level, the College offers a Master of Science in Engineering Physics, Global Conflict Studies, and Human Factors. Student may also choose from Ph.D. in Engineering Physics, and a Ph.D. in Human Factors. Minor programs of study are offered in Mathematics as well as many of the major fields.

The College of Arts and Sciences’ primary responsibility is to provide a high-quality educational opportunity to all adequately prepared students. It seeks to inculcate in its students a lifelong love of learning; an appreciation of the cultural, intellectual, and historical impact of the search for truth and knowledge; the opportunity for professional specialization; and emotional and social development through out-of-class experiences. All students are expected to master the skills that enable them to communicate clearly, to understand the logic of mathematics and the methods of scientific inquiry, and to understand their cultural heritage and that of others. The College seeks to develop in its students the ability to think independently, to accept responsibility, to interact with people different from themselves, to assess ideas, to challenge orthodoxies, and to criticize opinions in order to achieve the intellectual, ethical, and aesthetic maturity expected in educated citizens. The College affirms the right of all students to achieve an educational level limited only by their own commitment and ability.

The College endorses the use of non-traditional experiences to enhance learning, including cooperative education, industry internships, study abroad, and undergraduate research involvement. The College participates in the university Honors Program; thus students of exceptional academic promise can experience unique and challenging programs of study. Nationally and internationally renowned research programs provide excellent hands-on opportunities for graduate and undergraduate students.

The College of Arts and Sciences is home to Air Force, Army, and Naval Reserve Officers Training Corps (ROTC). The ROTC programs give students an opportunity to receive military training while pursuing a baccalaureate degree. Several significant scholarships are available for students interested in these excellent programs.



B.S. in Aerospace Physiology
B.S. in Astronomy and Astrophysics
B.S. in Communication
B.S. in Computational Mathematics
B.S. in Engineering Physics
B.S. in Global Conflict Studies
B.S. in Homeland Security
B.S. in Human Factors Psychology
B.S. in Interdisciplinary Studies
B.S. in Space Physics


M.S. in Engineering Physics
M.S. in Human Factors

Accelerated Masters Options

B.S./M.S. in Engineering Physics
B.S. in Human Factors Psychology/M.S. in Human Factors

Combined Programs

B.S. in Communication/Master of Business Administration
B.S. in Homeland Security/Master of Business Administration
B.S. in Human Factors Psychology/Master of Business Administration
B.S. in Interdisciplinary Studies/Master of Business Administration


Ph.D. in Engineering Physics
Ph.D. in Human Factors