Dr. Kevin Pond, dean
The Paul Engler College of Agriculture and Natural Sciences is comprised of the Department of Agricultural Sciences; the Department of Life, Earth and Environmental Sciences; and the Department of Chemistry and Physics. In addition to providing expertise to the University’s general education curriculum via faculty participation in teaching courses in analytical reasoning, the college also offers, by its various components, a variety of undergraduate and graduate programs and majors. All are directed toward preparing individuals who will be competent and competitive in scientific, technical, educational and professional occupations.
The mission of the college is to provide excellence in teaching, research and professional service in the major areas served and, ultimately, to prepare students for employment by providing them with a skill set that will make them successful now and into the future, regardless of their chosen path.
The internationally recognized college faculty are eager to work with students in the classroom, in the laboratory and in the field. Students can pursue a variety of activities, from assisting faculty in conducting cutting-edge research to completing an internship with a company competing in the global marketplace. These real-world experiences in the various disciplines are the hallmark of the college and University.
In addition to the outstanding academic training students receive, the college offers a wide variety of extracurricular activities, including competitive judging teams, departmental clubs, service-learning activities and leadership opportunities.