Message from the Interim Dean, Dr. John Wilkins
The College of Natural and Behavioral Sciences (NBS) seeks to improve the scientific knowledge of all CSUDH students by providing excellent academic programs as well as research opportunities to complement and apply what is learned in the classroom. The college has a strong emphasis on research and in fostering the scholarship of its young and vibrate faculty. Many faculty members have research grants funded by the federal government or from private sources which include research support for students. These opportunities enable our majors to embark on careers involving science and technology or to pursue further education leading to an advanced degree, such as a Ph.D. or professional degree (MD, DDS, PharmD, DVM, PsyD).
Advanced Degrees and Research Opportunities
For those students who have careers planned in the sciences as professors, research scientists, compliance or health care workers, the College offers an assortment of opportunities, in addition to classes and advising, many of which involve active laboratory research. Research opportunities are available at CSUDH in all of the departments in NBS as well as through partnership arrangements with Los Angles Biomedical Institute at the Harbor-UCLA Medical Center and at the Drew College of Medicine Science. Many of these opportunities are funded by the National Institutes of Health, National Institute of General Medical Sciences, in the form of stipends and wages, which assist the students in meeting their financial obligations and providing protected time for them to concentrate on their studies and laboratory projects. In fact, one of the federally-funded programs also pays a significant amount of the tuition and fees for those scholars who are accepted into that program. In addition to the financial support, students are exposed to workshops, invited speakers, and national conferences, all of which strengthen their credentials towards preparation for further educational opportunities.
The Staff and Faculty
A key to all of the educational excellence in the College is, of course, the dedication and commitment of the faculty and staff. Faculty and administrators play an important role as mentors and advisors while staff assists the students in day-to-day operational aspects of their academic experience. In the case of the former, applications for Federal funding to various agencies such as the National Institutes of Health, the National Science Foundation, the Department of Education, to name a few, have been successful, resulting in support for the students. As such, College faculty members are caring, dedicated educators, involved with, and committed to, scholarly activities. As scholars, they represent role models for the students while providing them with current knowledge and technologies in the disciplines. An important component of the College's mission is to instill in the students the significance and appreciation of science beyond the classroom, i.e. the application of research and discovery to problems faced by the general society.