About the College
The College of Natural Sciences and Mathematics is a center of scientific learning in Long Beach offering excellent educational opportunities. Our student-centered instructional and research environment fosters equity, diversity, and access; mentors students for lifelong success by elevating character, skills, and mindset; creates scientific knowledge through research; and promotes science and mathematics in our community.
The College of Natural Sciences and Mathematics (CNSM) is a national leader in integrating undergraduate research and education. Our faculty research informs student instruction and inquiry-based labs, develops student understanding of the scientific method, and creates student excellence in science and math learning.
The College's mission is to educate the next diverse generation of scientists and mathematicians, as well as a science-literate citizenry, through inclusive teaching and research programs within the following departments:
- Biological Sciences
- Chemistry and Biochemistry
- Geological Sciences
- Mathematics and Statistics
- Physics and Astronomy
- Science Education
- Environmental Science and Policy program
CNSM faculty conduct research projects that offer opportunities for both graduate and undergraduate students to be involved in cutting-edge research. This research addresses questions asked in a wide variety of subjects including astrophysics, heart and neurologic disease, cancer drug delivery methods, earthquakes, and "urban ocean" issues such as overfishing, pollution, and invasive species. Our faculty-mentored research encourages vital discussions and topical conversations with students to develop critical and analytical thinking in the classroom, the research lab, and the field setting. Graduates are prepared to fill critical roles in industry and make a substantial contribution to the pipeline of K-12 science and math teachers for California.