Misher College of Arts and Sciences offers programs of study in the natural sciences, social sciences, and liberal arts, where students may explore the leading edges of these evolving disciplines. Undergraduate and graduate programs in the college prepare students to contribute to the advancement of the sciences and arts and to apply their expertise to problems confronting the larger world. Cross-disciplinary studies allow students to comprehend the interplay of the chemical, biological, and social sciences with the arts and humanities and to appreciate the importance of all to the health sciences.
The college offers a rigorous curriculum of instruction to its students through close interactions between students and faculty. This includes undergraduate majors in biochemistry, biology, chemistry, environmental science, humanities and science, microbiology, pharmaceutical chemistry, physics, and psychology. Undergraduate programs prepare students for careers and advanced study and also ready them for professional schools (e.g., medical, dental, veterinary, law). Opportunities for research foster close collaborations between undergraduates and faculty and lead to the development of practical skills. Minor programs for undergraduates are offered by the departments of behavioral and social sciences; biological sciences; chemistry and biochemistry; humanities; and mathematics, physics and statistics.
Students majoring in biochemistry, biology, chemistry, environmental science, microbiology, or pharmaceutical chemistry (or medical laboratory science from Samson College of Health Sciences) can also pursue a course of study integrating a program in forensic science.
In addition, Misher College offers the Misher General Studies and Misher Pre-Professional Studies programs to students in their first two years of college. These programs help students prepare to move to degree-granting programs in the sciences or health professions.
The college serves all the University’s undergraduates by providing a broad general education in the sciences and arts and by teaching those skills in communication and critical thinking necessary to function as educated members of society.
The academic departments of Misher College direct and support graduate programs offering master’s and PhD degrees (see College of Graduate Studies ). The faculty engages in research and scholarship at the forefront of their disciplines. Working closely with faculty in these research endeavors, students produce wide-ranging work of benefit to the larger society.
In order to earn a degree from the Misher College of Arts and Sciences, a student must complete thirty (30) in-residence credits at a University campus. Fifteen (15) of the thirty in-residence credits must be at the 300 level or higher. In-residence credits are defined as credits for courses offered by the University for which a student receives credit and a grade that can contribute to the student’s calculated grade point average.