Delana Gajdosik-Nivens, Dean
Brent Feske, Associate Dean
Philosophy and Goals
The availability of skilled professionals in the areas of science, mathematics and the technologies is a key factor in the growth of any economy. Our state and nation face no more pressing resource issue than the shortage of persons prepared to problem solve and expand basic knowledge in science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM fields). The needs of society include a citizenry with excellent knowledge of science and mathematics, well-prepared K-12 classroom teachers enthusiastic about and prepared to teach science and mathematics, and a domestic technological work force that answers the needs of the region, state, and nation.
The College of Science and Technology aspires to prepare graduates to meet these needs. With well-designed core courses taken by all students, we can create a generation of college graduates knowledgeable about science and technology. By offering state-of-the-art majors featuring opportunities for undergraduate research and internships, we will deliver significant contributions to the science and technology work force of this century. Finally, by identifying and encouraging significant numbers of students in science, technology, and mathematics who combine competence in discipline with aspiration to communicate what they know, we will produce role models and mentors for our secondary and university classrooms.
Additionally, both because of the rich and varied intellectual resources of our faculty and students and because of our unique mission as a regional state university in a large metropolitan area, we expect to align our efforts with local partners to facilitate positive change within our community and region. Building on an entrepreneurial and collaborative spirit, we will couple support from external agencies with support from partners in the community to build academic programs and scientific and technical infrastructure that will serve as an intellectual motor for sciences and technologies in Southeast Georgia and beyond.
Armstrong State University was one of only 123 schools nationwide to be named a STEM Jobs Approved College in 2015 by Victory Media.The inaugural list is the first of its kind to rate universities, colleges, community colleges and trade schools on their responsiveness and relevance to high demand, high growth STEM occupations.Armstrong was among more than 1,600 schools to participate in the STEM Jobs survey process that measured how effectively schools align their programs to high-demand, high-paying STEM jobs, and how well they assist their students in achieving career aspirations in STEM fields.
Minors and Certificates
Departments in the College of Science and Technology offer a variety of minors and certificates. Students may include one or more of these additional concentrations in their academic programs as circumstances permit. Requirements for minors and certificates are found on the catalog pages of the appropriate department.
Two certificates are available for students in Information Technology. The Level I certificate (the Certificate of Information Technology with Applications) is 12 credit hours. The Level II certificate (the Certificate of Information Technology with Programming) is 18 credit hours. The Department of Computer Science and Information Technology offers a certificate in Cyber Security. The Mathematics Department offers a certificate in Actuarial Sciences, which prepares students to sit for the first two actuarial exams and to provide all the educational requirements to become an actuary. The Psychology Department offers courses that allow students to take the Board Certified Assistant Behavior Analyst Examination.
Transcript Notation for Research
Undergraduate students may receive the College of Science and Technology’s Undergraduate Research notation on their transcript by fulfilling a set of requirements prior to the awarding of their undergraduate degree. The notation would appear as:
Dean’s Recognition as a Research Scholar
The transcript notation provides evidence that the student has demonstrated excellence in scientific research and will certify that the student has achieved proficiency in a set of research and scholarly benchmarks as outlined by the College of Science and Technology. The Dean will award students with this designation at the Dean’s Recognition as a Research Scholar reception. The students will receive a certificate as well as a cord that should be worn at graduation. Visit the Dean’s office or the College of Science and Technology’s website for more information about this program.