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| Geological Sciences | Kinesiology and Health Promotion | Mathematics and Statistics | Physics and Astronomy |

Biological Sciences
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Biological Sciences

Picture of a Kayman in water.The Biological Sciences Department offers curricula incorporating Cal Poly Pomona’s “Learn by Doing” philosophy, creating an educational environment that provides real-life experience, in research and laboratory situations. Currently catering to approximately 900 students, departmental facilities feature state-of-the art molecular biology A student guides visitors through BioTrek.laboratories, greenhouses, controlled environmental units, a radiation biology laboratory, plant and animal collections, and access to an electron microscope facility. Ecological studies are facilitated by easy access to natural habitats on campus, as well as the university’s proximity to desert, mountain, and seashore areas. Courses in marine and fresh water biology interact with the Ocean Studies Consortium of the CSU, and a variety of field biology courses are focused at the CSU Desert Studies Center near Baker, Calif.

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Bachelor’s degree programs include biology, biotechnology, botany, plant biotechnology, microbiology and zoology. In addition, minor degree programs in botany, plant biotechnology, plant pathology, microbiology, and zoology are offered. Interdisciplinary minors in comparative system analysis, environmental health, physiology, and quantitative research are also available.

Chair: Dr. Sepehr Eskandari
Office: 8-119
Phone: 909.869.4038
Fax: 909. 869.4078

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Female students performing an experiment.CEMaST is committed to improving mathematics, science and technology education for all learners. We help connect area teachers and administrators with university faculty, in order to work together to improve teaching and learning. CEMaST promotes the study of science and mathematics by all students, and assists area schools and districts in identifying and solving context specific problems related to the curricula, teaching and evaluation of science, mathematics, and technology. Embedded in the work of CEMaST is the establishment of dialogue and positive action regarding multicultural and gender-equitable education issues.
Much of the Center’s, professional development programs focus on providing K-12 teachers a supportive partnership with Cal Poly Pomona faculty members. CEMaST’s programs include San Gabriel Valley California Mathematics Project, San Gabriel Valley California Science Project, AB 466 Mathematics Institutes, California High School Exit Exam in Mathematics Institutes, Mathematics Professional Development Institutes, district-wide systemic mathematics initiatives, and district-wide science initiatives.

CEMaST endorses the principle that all schoolchildren deserve to receive a comprehensive mathematics, science and/or technology education that is taught by a caring, competent teacher who uses strategies that best address each student’s learning style or needs. This involves creating high-quality and meaningful professional development opportunities that offer research-based approaches to mathematical, scientific, or technological content and conceptual understanding while fostering effective and dynamic teaching strategies. Emphasis is placed on teacher competencies that enhance literacy for English language learners. CEMaST faculty believe that effective teaching is not only a research-based science, it is also a lifelong process, and students should receive instruction that meets their needs regardless of ethnicity, culture, or gender.

Future plans include further outreach activities; the creation of an interdisciplinary single-subject science major; the development of master’s degree programs in elementary and secondary mathematics and science education; to continue to increase its focus on equity issues; and development of distance learning experiences for mathematics and science students and teachers.

CEMaST also participates in the leadership of the following local, state and national organizations:

  • National Council of Teachers of Mathematics
  • Association of Mathematics Teacher Educators
  • California Mathematics Council
  • Women and Mathematics Education
  • San Gabriel Valley Mathematics Council
  • Commission on Teacher Credentialing
  • Western Spectroscopy Association
  • American Chemical Society
  • Iota Sigma Pi
  • Southern California Association of Science Supervisors
  • California Science Teachers Association

Interim Director: Dr. Laurie Riggs
Office: 4-2-515
Phone: 909.869.3480
Fax: 909.869.4616

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Chemistry and Biochemistry

Picture of a male student with protective eye shield performing an experiment. The Chemistry Department promotes an atmosphere of scientific inquiry for all of its students. Offering a flexible program of studies intended to prepare students for careers in private industry and government, the Chemistry department also preparesstudents to take a rigorous approach to graduate level work. Students select one of three tracks or options of study, choosing to focus on the chemistry option, the chemical sciences option, or the industrial chemistry option.

A female student performs a chemistry experiment in the lab.

The Chemistry department is equipped with state-of-the-art instruments such as FT-NMR, GCs, LCs, GC-MS, LC-MS, FT-IR, stopped flow spectrophoto-meter, atomic absorption spectrometer, general electrochemical work stations, and more. The Chemistry program is approved by the American Chemistry Society (ACS), and the baccalaureate degree earned by following the chemistry option is certified by the ACS as having met its standards for professionalism at the undergraduate level. Students following the industrial chemistry option may also earn ACS certification for their degree, provided a suitable pattern of electives is chosen.Picture of a female student performing a chemistry experiment using a triple beam balance.

Chair: Dr. Lisa Alex
Office: 8-333
Phone: 909.869.3653
Fax: 909.869.4344

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Computer Science
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Computer Science

A class programming. The Computer Science department specializes in blending practice and theory in both hardware and software, providing a strong foundation in computer languages, computer architecture, large-scale system software and the design, analysis, and application of many types of algorithms. Requiring an extensive background in math and science, the Computer Science department offers lively and up-to-date curricula. As one of the most sought after degree programs on campus, the Computer Science department currently caters to more than 700 students. For those who wish to pursue graduate level study, Master of Science degree coursework is available for qualified students.

Female student programming.

Undergraduate coursework includes seminars in computer logic, artificial intelligence, operating systems and computer design. Support courses include physics, chemistry, analytic geometry, calculus and linear algebra.

Chair: Dr. Robert W. Kerbs
Office: 8-49A
Phone: 909.869.3440
Fax: 909.869.4733

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Geological Sciences

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Geological Sciences

Picture of a female student on a geological field trip. The Geological Sciences Department provides a strong balance between classroom theory, laboratory application, and field experience, resulting in a well-rounded curricula designed to prepare students for careers as professional geologists or to succeed in post-graduate education. Students may select from two options: geology or integrated earth studies. The geology option features comprehensive coursework in the geological sciences, as well as support courses in mathematics, physical, and biological sciences. The integrated earth studies option, which is interdisciplinary in nature, addresses two important educational needs: the training of environmental specialists and the training of teachers.

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A minor degree in geology can also be earned, which is especially useful for those students who are majoring in civil engineering, geography, biology, science education and environmental design.

Chair: Dr. Jon A. Nourse
Office: 8-242
Phone: 909.869.3454
Fax: 909.869.2920

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Kinesiology and Health Promotion

Kniesiology is derived from a Greek word Kinesis, meaning motion. Kinesiology refers to the study of human movement, which emcompasses exercise, physical activity, sports and physical education.

The department has three undergraduate options: Exercise Science, Health Promotion, and Peadagogy which provide excellent preparation for a variety of rewarding careers including preparations for graduate studies in many medical professions, fitness consultant, wellness professionals, teachingt physical education or physical education to students with a disability.

KHP also has a graduate program with three specializations: Adapted Physical Education, Curriculum & Instruction and Exercise Physiology.

A popular program in the KHP department is the activity program, that offers around 30 sections of various classes including aerobics, kickboxing, archery, badminton, tennis, weight training and soccer.

KHP also has five teaching/research labs and a Motor Development Clinic.


Chair: Dr. Perky Vetter
Office: 43, Room 115
Phone: 909.869.2767
Fax: 909.869.4797


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Mathematics and Statistics

Cactus at sun set.The Department of Mathematics and Statistics offers a comprehensive program that may be adapted to serve a variety of needs and interests. Students develop elective patterns that will either prepare them for work in government and industry or facilitate focused study at the graduate and postgraduate levels. There are three options available for students to select: the secondary teacher preparation/pure math option, the applied mathematics option, and the statistics option.

Core courses for mathematics majors include applied probability theory,analytic geometry and calculus, and differential equations. Option courses for the secondary teacher preparation/pure math include seminars in the history of mathematics, topology, projective geometry, and introduction to number theory. Those who choose to focus on applied mathematics will study subjects such as numerical analysis, mathematical modeling and simulation, and combinatorics. Students who select the statistics option will explore coursework in areas such as sampling theory and applications, nonparametric statistics, and stochastic processes.

Chair: Dr. Alan C. Krinik
Office: 8-113
Phone: 909.869.3142
Fax: 909.869.4904

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Physics and Astronomy

Picture of physics students The Physics Department at Cal Poly Pomona is one of the largest in the California State University system, providing a rigorous educational environment for its students. The undergraduate program prepares students for careers as physicists in industry, government, and university laboratories, as well as offering a strong framework for those who wish to pursue careers as teachers. Students are encouraged to pursue interdisciplinary studies in areas such as biophysics, astrophysics, computational physics, health physics, geophysics, physical chemistry, engineering or mathematics.

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Physics majors at Cal Poly Pomona may look forward to relatively small upper division classes that encompass the experimental and theoretical aspects of both classical and modern physics. Each student will complete a senior project under faculty supervision, as well as receiving encouragement to participate in group study and research activities that are sponsored by individual faculty members.

Chair: Dr. Steven McCauley
Office: 8-231
Phone: 909.869.4014
Fax: 909.869.5090

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