College of Sciences and Arts

Welcome from the Dean

The College of Sciences and Arts (CSA) plays a critical role in the education of every Michigan Tech student, through the wide array of courses we offer as part of general education.

We take pride in our dedicated and innovative instruction in core courses in the natural sciences and mathematics, as well as the social sciences and humanities—courses that underpin every major on campus.

But CSA offers so much more! We have more than 1200 students majoring in our 10 academic departments, where we offer 31 majors, 23 concentrations, 41 minors, and four certificates. Our carefully designed programs reflect our place in a technological university, both in the sciences and in the arts and humanities. From sound design and audio technology to actuarial science, applied cognitive science and human factors to technical communication, medical laboratory science to exercise science, the college offers many distinctive programs.

A university should be a place to explore one’s interests, to develop lifelong passions. For students still deciding on a major, we offer the General Sciences and Arts program. Students spend a year exploring the array of options on Tech’s campus before making an informed decision about their education. A dedicated advisor works with these students as they map out their education.

CSA also offers masters and doctoral programs, including a doctor of physical therapy program in partnership with Central Michigan University. Our research activities range across the natural sciences, social science, and humanities, and our faculty bring in almost $7 million each year in external funding.  CSA faculty are central to the interdisciplinary graduate programs in atmospheric sciences and data science. 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. Our humanities faculty recently hosted a semester-long event to coincide with the 100 year anniversary of the end of World War I. Our Industrial Heritage and Archaeology program is a natural fit for the copper country. 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 for undergraduates to join faculty in research are plentiful. 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