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Welcome New Dean College of Sciences

Metropolitan State University has named Dr. Kyle Swanson as the new dean of the College of Sciences. He will start at Metropolitan State on Monday, July 3. Dr. Swanson has been at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee for the last 20 years and is currently serving in the role of chair of the Department of Mathematical Sciences. In addition, he is also a special assistant to the provost for Budget and Planning.
Swanson earned a Ph.D. in geophysical sciences from the University of Chicago and a bachelor's in mathematics and physics from St. Olaf College in Northfield, Minnesota. In addition, he completed a postdoctoral fellow program in atmospheric-oceanic sciences at Princeton University in New Jersey.

The College of Sciences

The College of Sciences (COS) is the place to explore your understanding of the physical world through the study of biology, chemistry, physics, and ecology.  If your interest is in technology, the College of Sciences offers courses in computer programming, writing web and phone apps, networking, cyber security, and much more.  Or, if you love mathematics, our math and statistics programs will provide you with the tools you need to solve problems in any job situation.

Why the sciences

A better answer we feel falls to you, our student, as we ask the question, “Why not the sciences and which one inspires you?”

  • Do you aspire to find a cure for cancer? 
  • Do you want to protect our nation's infrastructure from cyber attacks? 
  • Are you the person who will calculate trajectories for all those angry birds? 

The foundations of math, science, and computing are logical thinking, methodical approaches to solving problems and drawing conclusions from the objective examination of evidence.  These foundational problem-solving skills will serve you well, no matter what life and career choices you make.

Our COS faculty, advisors and staff are here to assist, mentor and support you. But ultimately the hard work of learning, applying what you’ve learned to real-world problems, developing laboratory and quantitative skills, and developing your abilities to think creatively and critically, synthesize information, draw on your results to advance knowledge and improve the world, is up to you.

We welcome you to the College of Sciences and we invite you to follow your curiosity.    

What our college has to offer

At Metropolitan State University the College of Sciences consists of the Mathematics, Information & Computer Science and Natural Sciences departments.  Together we offer:

  • Over 225 courses,
  • Fourteen degree programs at the undergraduate and graduate levels,
  • Over 120  faculty, advisors, and support staff to assist you in achieving your career goals.

COS Department Diagram

Our faculty

In COS, we firmly believe that “those who can, teach”. While our faculty engages in cutting edge research ranging from the nature of black holes to neurobiology to applied urban ecology, we never lose sight of the fact that our primary purpose is to educate students. 

"We always, always focus on the success of our students first.”
~Dr. Tom Nelson, former COS dean

The great success that we have achieved in preparing our graduates for medical schools, dentistry, veterinary medicine, as well as admission to graduate programs, and direct entry into scientific fields ranging from sustainable urban agriculture to biotechnology to computer application development is a testament that we always, always focus on the success of our students first.

Advising and Plan a Visit

If you are a new or prospective student, we encourage you to come visit us on campus, talk to one of our experienced advisors about career options and programs, meet several of our faculty in your area of interest, and tour our facilities.

Exciting things are happening in the College of Science. I encourage you to explore the many opportunities we offer, and if they inspire you as much as they inspire us, please come join us!

Contact Information

The College of Sciences is located at the Saint Paul campus in the Science Education Center.

Tel:  651-793-1606
Fax: 651-793-1872
TTY: 651-772-7687

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