College of Sciences and Arts

CSA Departments

11 departments, 30 majors, 32 concentrations, 41 minors, and four certificates: the College of Sciences and Arts has carefully developed programs to suit many interests and skill sets. Undergraduate and graduate programs are small enough for faculty and students to interact easily; in fact, opportunities for students to join faculty in research are numerous and encouraged—yet the college is large enough to cover many exciting areas in each dynamic field. Our faculty and staff are eager to work with students as they explore their passions and create the future.

Biological Sciences

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Biological Sciences brings together students and faculty in search of solutions to biological problems—from medicine to freshwater ecosystem health. Use molecular tools to grow, modify, and characterize plants, animals, and microorganisms in the lab. Present results in classrooms, research symposia, and scientific journals. Michigan Tech students work and play in all seasons of our outdoor playground, the Keweenaw Peninsula.

Chemistry

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Chemistry learned through lab experiences and personal interaction, a strong curriculum, and vigilant faculty guidance creates chemists of the future - you could be one. We're proud of the work we do with students seeking undergraduate and graduate degrees.

Cognitive and Learning Sciences

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Cognitive and Learning Sciences advances minds for the future and the future for our minds through innovative and interdisciplinary research and professional development.

Humanities

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Our scope is international. Our approach interdisciplinary. Humanities works at the intersections of communication, composition, literature, modern languages, philosophy, rhetoric, visual studies, linguistics, gender studies, and technical communication. Our students develop the communicative, analytic, and cultural knowledge to thrive in all aspects of their future lives.

Kinesiology and Integrative Physiology

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Do cutting-edge research. Learn in a student-centered environment. Land clinical and industry internships. Help the community and the world. Kinesiology and Integrative Physiology at Michigan Technological University offers undergraduate and graduate degrees preparing students to create the future.

Mathematical Sciences

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Mathematical Sciences degree students undergo a rigorous curriculum in a vibrant environment for professional development and scientific discourse. Our faculty, along with students, model combustion in diesel engines, use advanced statistics to find the genetic basis of complex diseases, and develop communication theories needed for future quantum computers.

Physics

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Where do the highest-energy cosmic rays come from? Can nanotubes of boron nitride be used to make new electronic devices? Why do some clouds rain while others do not? Michigan Technological University Physics students and faculty take on these questions and challenges. Work together in a close-knit, vibrant community to find answers to these and many other fundamental questions.

Social Sciences

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Use tools from anthropology, geography, history, political science, and sociology to help find sustainable solutions to complex problems. Social Sciences at Michigan Technological University helps students apply academic concepts to real-world issues.

Visual and Performing Arts

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Visual and Performing Arts students and faculty work together to create engaging and thoughtful works of art. Degree programs prepare students for professions that need both artistic and technical knowledge and skill. Whether a student majors in theatre or sound, completes one of the many minors in art or music, or simply participates in the department as a musician, actor, artist, or technician, there is something here for everyone. Art is Smart.

Air Force ROTC

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Leadership, opportunity, confidence, teamwork, time-management—and help paying for the college degree you earn while you train to serve as an officer. A campus presence since 1946, one of 19 original detachments in the nation, Air Force Reserve Officer Training Corps (AFROTC) Detachment 400 challenges you mentally and physically. The rewards of our cadet-run, cadre-supervised training last a lifetime.

Army ROTC

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Earn a commission. Earn a scholarship. Become a leader of character. Rappel, land navigate, learn survival skills, field tactics, and be physically fit. Serve in one of 17 service branches upon graduation. Army Reserve Officer Training Corps has been a proud tradition since 1917, when every officer of the 1st Battalion, 107th Engineers, was a Michigan Tech graduate.