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    Enhancing the roles and participation of women in STEM is a key area of emphasis on campus and in our outreach programs.

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    SFA has invested heavily in lab equipment across campus to provide students with advanced learning opportunities.

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    Our proximity to the East Texas Piney Woods provides a unique nexus of wildlife and ecosystems to study.

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    Our professors inspire students to embrace the numbers and analytics that are critical to mathematics, computer science and cyber security.

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    SFA provides students with a clear path to pursuing a career in health or medicine.

welcome to the college of sciences and mathematics

The STEM fields (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics) lead to discoveries that are changing our world every day. As a student in our College of Sciences & Mathematics, you will have an opportunity to participate with SFA faculty members in groundbreaking research – even at the undergraduate level.

College Facts

  • $400,000+
    IN ANNUAL
    SCHOLARSHIPS

  • 100%
    PASS RATE
    FOR TExES MATH
    CERTIFICATION
  • LARGEST STUDENT
    OBSERVATORY
    IN TEXAS

  • $1.5
    MILLION+
    IN INSTRUMENTATION
    USED BY UNDERGRADS
  • 19,180
    SQUARE KILOMETERS OF
    NATIONAL FOREST
    NEAR CAMPUS
  • 96%
    FIRST-TIME
    PASS RATE FOR
    NURSE LICENSING
  • 12,000+ LBS.
    OF CORE SAMPLES
    TO STUDY

  • 42 YEARS
    AND COUNTING
    FOR OUR ANNUAL
    PROGRAMMING
    CONTEST

Transformative Experiences

At SFA, we believe students benefit greatly from hands-on learning in and out of the classroom. Transformative experiences are at the core of our academic philosophy.

LUMBERJACK SPOTLIGHT

  • A matter of life and breath

    Julia Gaona saves lives as a respiratory therapist on an elite neonatal and pediatric intensive care team that travels by jet to patients more than 100 miles from Texas Children’s Hospital – once going as far as Guatemala. Julia’s journey began when she earned her biology degree at SFA. She then earned her Bachelor of Science in respiratory care at The University of Texas Medical Branch in Galveston. Julia also assists in the hospital’s pediatric intensive care unit and works as a respiratory therapist at UTMB-Galveston. 

    Julia Gaona, SFA Class of 2008

    Julia Gaona, Class of 2008

  • From SFA to Google

    Samuel Jentsch is a 2017 SFA graduate with a double major in computer science and mathematics. While attending SFA, Sam was a grader, a tutor and provided technical support for the department. He also spent summers interning for NASA and GE, where he was recognized for innovative projects. Sam has accepted a job at Google doing software development.

    Samuel Jentsch, SFA Class of 2017

    Samuel Jentsch, Class of 2017

  • SFA Student Excels On and Off the Field

    During his SFA career, Marlon Walls was a first team Academic All-American and was named Southland Conference’s Student-Athlete of the Year. Prior to graduation, Walls, an engineering physics graduate, interned with the Johns Hopkins University Applied Physics Laboratory to work on the Europa Propulsion Module, a joint project with NASA.

    Marlon Walls, Class of 2017

    Marlon Walls, Class of 2017

  • Dr. Keith Hubbard Teaches the Language of Problem-Solving

    Every industry has problems to solve, and mathematics is often the key to the ideal solution. Dr. Hubbard inspires students to see the beauty and power within the world of mathematics and to apply that to the real-world as well as the theoretical world. Watch the full story.

     
    Dr. Keith Hubbard, SFA professor

    Dr. Keith Hubbard

  • SFA Student Wins Best Undergraduate Poster

    Carmel Tovar recently received an award for the best undergraduate poster in chemistry and biochemistry at the 2016 College of Science Research Conference for her project titled "Metal Affinity Chromatography and Protein Refolding Techniques.”

    Carmel leveraged her hard work in the SFA Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry research program to beat out competition from universities and colleges across Texas.

    Carmel Tovar, SFA Class of 2018

    Carmel Tovar, Class of 2018

  • STUDYING PREHISTORIC FORMATIONS WITH ADVANCED TECHNIQUES

    Jacob Meinerts is an SFA graduate student in geology. Currently, he is working in the Lampasas Cut Plain in Central Texas within Fort Hood Military Installation. Jacob is studying carbonate rocks from the Cretaceous era. The delineation of heterogeneous carbonate strata, including detailed mapping and petrographic analyses, will help determine the depositional and diagenetic history of the Edwards Group, unique biozones and the geomorphic evolution of the Owl Mountain Province.  

    Jacob Meinerts, SFA graduate student in geology

    Jacob Meinerts, Class of 2018

  • Inspired to Serve

    Tim Hernandez has made a career of helping others. Prior to attending SFA, Tim worked in prehospital emergency services, assisted with rescue and evacuation during Hurricane Katrina, and enlisted in the U.S. Army as a combat medic in Iraq – all in an effort to serve others.Tim earned his Bachelor of Science in Nursing from SFA in December 2017. He credits the SFA faculty with preparing students to not only perform but to excel in real-world environments. 

    SFA nursing student Tim Hernandez

    Tim Hernandez, Class of Dec. 2017

  • FROM SFA PRE-HEALTH TO VETERINARIAN AND AUTHOR

    Dr. Nikki Lejeune, Class of 2013, was a bit of an overachiever at SFA, and that hasn’t changed after graduation. At SFA, she served on the Traditions Council, as a writing and chemistry tutor, and as a student member of the American Medical Student Association among many other activities. Nikki went on to graduate from veterinary school as well as co-author a book with her father. Now, she is a successful veterinarian at Mission Veterinary Hospital in Mission, Texas.

     

    Dr. Nikki Lejeune, Class of 2013

    Dr. Nikki Lejeune, Class of 2013

     

Working Side-By-Side

  • Shelley Hunt

    Shelley Hunt

    Shelley Hunt has experience in pediatrics, medical-surgical, nursery, and postpartum. She feels blessed to share her passion for nursing with her students in the classroom and the lab. 

  • Dr. Jennifer Gumm

    Dr. Jennifer Gumm

    Dr. Gumm believes the best way to become a biologist is to actually do biology. Her students study how animals see the world and learn to build the skills needed to develop into independent researchers. 

  • Dr. J. Kevin Langford

    Dr. J. Kevin Langford

    “When students receive their letters of acceptance from the medical, dental or veterinary schools of their dreams, I can’t help but take pride in that and share in their joy.” 

  • Dr. Matthew Beauregard

    Dr. Matthew Beauregard

    The study of mathematics is greatly enriched by the interaction between students and faculty. We foster collaborative study through relatively small classes and close contact with students.

Making an Impact

Making an Impact

New, State-of-the-Art STEM Building
New, State-of-the-Art STEM Building

Once completed, the Ed and Gwen Cole STEM Building will house a new planetarium with a 52-foot dome along with makerspaces – areas that allow students to collaborate and create prototypes or other manufactured works.

K-12 Outreach
K-12 Outreach

Our STEM Center supports its commitment to inspiring the next generation of STEM leaders with a full program of experiential events for students at all levels.
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Observatory
Observatory

SFA operates not one but two observatories for students to take their learning to the next level. In fact, we operate the largest student observatory in Texas. 
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Speakers and Events
Speakers and Events

SFA hosts a variety of guest lectures, seminars, meetings and conferences throughout the year to connect students, educators and industry professionals.
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Educator Outreach
Educator Outreach

SFA supports Texas STEM teachers with professional development programs that help educators engage students and share strategies and best practices.
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  • CONTACT US

    936.468.2805

    cosm@sfasu.edu

  • COME SEE US

    College of Sciences & Mathematics
    Miller Science Building, Suite 100
    PO Box 13034, SFA Station
    Nacogdoches, Texas 75962

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