As one of the largest and most comprehensive academics units of East Central University, the College of Health and Sciences seeks to advance scholarly and creative endeavor through excellence in teaching, research or creative activities, and service. The faculty and staff of the College provide eighteen undergraduate and ten pre-professional programs to its constituents. These programs are located within the academic departments of Biology, Cartography and Geography, Chemistry/Physics, Mathematics/Computer Science, Environmental Health Science, Family and Consumer Sciences, and Nursing.
The mission of the College of Health and Sciences is to foster a learning environment in which students, faculty, staff, and community interact to educate students in the study of the natural sciences, technology, human-environment interaction, and health care through excellence in teaching, research, creative activities, and service.
The College of Health and Sciences acknowledges three areas of importance to fulfill its mission. These are to:
- provide a high quality and varied undergraduate curriculum in the natural sciences and health related fields. This is achieved through the:
- development of courses that foster intellectual development and critical thinking skills through the incorporation of learning from general education courses required for the baccalaureate degree; and
- development of curriculums that prepare students for entry into professional careers, graduate study or professional schools.
- support of excellence in teaching, research, and other creative activity. This will require:
- the recruitment and retention of high quality, creative and dedicated faculty;
- administrative support of faculty initiatives in pursuit of external funding resources; and
- the ongoing improvement of classroom, laboratory facilities and equipment used to achieve program goals.
- encouragement of public and professional service by students and faculty within the College. This goal is achieved through:
- participation in local, state, and regional outreach activities;
- participation in local, state, regional, and national professional organizations associated with the academic discipline; and
- fostering intellectual pursuits that challenge and expand the boundaries of traditional academic knowledge and structures.