Immerse yourself in hands-on experiences that will prepare you for the exciting science- or technology-related career you’ve always wanted.
Through its eight academic departments – Biology, Chemistry, Computer Science, Earth and Atmospheric Sciences, Engineering and Technology, Geography, Mathematics, and Physics – the College of Science and Technology offers 59 undergraduate and 12 graduate programs. These programs engage students in everything from searching for mussel species in the river to sweeping a statewide science competition with projects such as mapping a cloud forest in Peru.
Whichever program you choose you will use advanced equipment and work closely with respected faculty members committed to student-centered learning. You will have unmatched opportunities to explore:
Practical on-campus experiences
A new automatic retractable dome was placed on the Brooks Hall roof in December 2011 to protect the observatory's 16-inch Newtonian/Cassegrain reflector telescope worth more than $100,000. CMU undergraduate and graduate students interested in establishing careers in astronomy use this facility for teaching and research purposes. With the new dome, students can continue their research and training.
Two Central Michign University professors are enlisting the help of border collies to protect Michigan's beach environments. Biology professors Elizabeth Alm and Thomas Gehring are leasing border collies to keep seagulls away from beaches and observing the change in bacteria levels in the Great Lakes.
Their research is funded by a $250,000 grant from the Environmental Protection Agency as part of its Great Lakes Restoration Initiative, and they've enlisted the help of Dusty Jordon, a graduate student, for work on this project.
Field studies and laboratory time
Central Michigan University is making a name for itself as a nationwide leader in Great Lakes research.
CMU has identified research on the Great Lakes ecosystems as an area of strength and has committed to establishing the Institute for Great Lakes Research to study the sustainability and management of the world's largest supply of fresh water.
Since the institute started in the fall of 2010, IGLR faculty members have involved 29 graduate and 82 undergraduate students in their research.