Saturday, September 14, 2013

Natural and Physical Science

Samar Swaid, Ph. D., Chair
Division of Natural and Physical Sciences
Philander Smitth College
208- Science Building
900 West Daisy L.Gatson Bates Drive
Little Rock, AR 72202
sswaid@philander.eduTel 501-370-5334
Fax 501-370-5327


The Division of Natural and Physical Sciences carries out the mission of Philander Smith College by working on graduating academically accomplished students in Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) disciplines, who are aware of their social and ethical responsibilities equipped with knowledge on how to change their communities, the nation and the world for the better.


The mission of the Division of Natural and Physical Sciences is three-fold:

-To provide an inspiring learning atmosphere through student-oriented pedagogical approaches, experienced faculty and high-quality undergraduate progra ms

-To produce not only versatile students who are capable of meeting challenges in advanced study and professional career, but also who are aware of their social and ethical responsibilities

-To provide service to both the relevant STEM professions and public of the State of Arkansas

The Division of Natur al and Physical Sciences offers degree programs in General Science, Biology, Chemistry, Mathematics, Computer Science, and Engineering. The Division opens the door for students to pursue careers in dentistry, medical technology, nursing or pharmacy by majoring in biology following the suggested curricular and sequence for the careers. In addition, we offer students a number of avenues that help them to navigate through rigorous course work:

- Historically Black College and Universities - Undergraduate Program (HBCU-UP) - Supported through the National Science Foundation (NSF), HBCU-UP provides opportunities to High School Students, entering Freshman Students, and students in the STEM.
"LITTLE ROCK, AR (Oct. 16, 2012) --- Philander Smith College's Division of Natural and Physical Sciences received a $1.75 million grant from the National Science Foundation's Historically Black Colleges and Universities - Undergraduate Program. The program aims to increase the number of minorities graduating from an Historically Black Black Colleges and Universities with degrees centered on careers in Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM).

Philander Smith College received the first phase of this project's funding in 2006 with an allocated amount of $3 million. That funding phase expires in February 2013. The second phase of the project's $1.75 million grant extends from Oct. 1, 2012 to Sept. 30, 2017."

4+1 COPH Program - the 4+1 Program is an articulation agreement with the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences. The program allows students at PSC to complete courses toward a Master of Science in Public Health.

On behalf of my faculty and staff, it is my pleasure to extend to you a warm welcome.

Division of Natural
and Physical Sciences



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