College of Sciences and Arts

Welcome from the Dean

The College of Sciences and Arts (CSA) fills one of the most important roles on the Michigan Tech campus. We play a part in the education of every student who comes through our doors.

We take pride in offering essential foundational courses in the natural sciences and mathematics, as well as the social sciences and humanities—courses that underpin every major on campus. With twelve departments, 30 majors, 32 concentrations, 41 minors, and 4 certificates, CSA has carefully developed programs to suit many interests and skill sets. From sound design and audio technology to actuarial science, applied cognitive science and human factors to rhetoric, theory and culture, the college offers many unique programs.

For students who are unsure of which program to pursue, we offer the General Sciences and Arts program. Students searching for their niche can spend a year exploring the array of options on Tech’s campus before making an informed decision about their education.

CSA is also home to a spectrum of graduate education and research activities ranging across the natural sciences, social science, and humanities. CSA faculty are central to the interdisciplinary graduate program in atmospheric sciences, while the newly opened Great Lakes Research Center marks our commitment to environmental research. Students in physics engage in research on everything from boron nitride nanotubes and photonic crystals to astrophysics investigations at the Pierre Auger Cosmic Ray Observatory in Argentina. In short, CSA hosts an impressive array of programs that truly give meaning to the term technological university.

We urge you to explore the college and its departments. Our programs are small enough that faculty and students interact easily, and opportunities to join faculty in research are numerous and encouraged. Yet we are large enough to cover many exciting areas in each field. Our faculty and staff are eager to help students find the program of study that best suits them. At Tech, we are determined to help create the future through education and research.

We invite potential students to visit us any time; we believe that once you see our campus, meet our faculty, and enjoy our beautiful surroundings in Michigan’s Upper Peninsula, you’ll agree Michigan Tech is the place for you. Please feel free to contact me if you have any questions. 

David Hemmer,
Dean, College of Sciences and Arts