Welcome from the Dean

Welcome to Michigan Tech's College of Sciences and Arts!

We are a community of faculty, staff, and students with a passion for education, outreach, research, and creativity across the social and natural sciences, humanities, and arts. 

Student success is our focus. Michigan Tech students want to have careers where they make a difference. We design our programs to help them succeed throughout their professional lives by providing foundational experiences based on the most current knowledge and best practices available, enabling students to make a positive impact in their fields. In our classrooms, labs and studios, on our stages, and throughout our worldwide community, Huskies put concepts into practice. 

Whether job-shadowing at a local hospital while preparing for a career in health, designing sound and lighting for a regional production, or conducting community forums on the implications of AI or social media, our students lead and participate in action-based experiences that are critical to the start of fulfilling careers. They work to purify vaccines, study the impact of social media on society, model climate in the only cloud chamber of its kind, and research the mysteries of space and galaxies beyond this universe. They explore transforming abandoned iron and copper mines into giant batteries, seek to understand freshwater ecosystem health, and document the nature of changes in cognitive function and motor behavior in aging and dementia—and much more across our 11 vibrant departments.

Our college’s mission to cultivate a sustainable, inclusive, and equitable world requires us to work toward finding innovative solutions that meet pressing societal challenges. In this complex world, we know that successful innovations draw upon diverse disciplines and people for inspiration, design, and implementation. Knowing that every student at Michigan Tech will pass through our doors, our college strives to be at the forefront of the interdisciplinary collaborations that lead to breakthrough solutions. Undergraduate and graduate students in the College of Sciences and Arts are vital to these collaborations through their coursework, independent research, scholarship, and creative activities. In addition to real-world projects based at the university, these include partnering with industry, government, and non-profit organizations here and around the globe.

Across the university, our internationally recognized faculty helps all Michigan Tech undergraduates develop the skills they need for future success through essential education emphasizing communication, analysis, creativity, and cultural and civic engagement. Our programs are strongly rooted in critical and creative thinking and problem solving, providing students with the skills and abilities to grow and advance throughout their careers and to adapt to new technologies and pathways. 

Thank you for visiting the College of Sciences and Arts. Please explore our majors and minors—we invite you to reach out if you need more information and join us, to start making a difference now!

LaReesa Wolfenbarger

Dean, College of Sciences and Arts