Texas A&M College of Science

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Texas A&M College of Science
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Parent institution Texas A&M University
Dean Dr. H. Joseph Newton
Academic staff 233[1]
Students 3,080[2]
Undergraduates 2,323
Postgraduates 389 Masters
368 Ph.D.
Website www.science.tamu.edu

The Texas A&M College of Science is the science college of Texas A&M University in College Station. The faculty includes a Nobel laureate and three National Academy of Sciences members. In 2006, the faculty collected a combined $38.5 million in peer-reviewed federal funding, and annually generates over $5 million in indirect cost return for Texas A&M.[3]

The Chemistry Department ranks 15th nationally in the National Research Council rankings, the highest ranking of any Texas A&M department, and ranks as the seventh-largest chemistry department in research and development expenditures among all American universities. The Department of Mathematics ranks 13th nationally among other public university Mathematics departments in research funding, and is one of only five nationwide that has both Vertical Integration of Research and Education in the Mathematical Sciences (VIGRE) and Research Experiences for Undergraduates (REU) National Science Foundation grants. The Mathematics Departments also offers one of the nation's only fully online master's degrees in mathematics. The Physics Department is one of eight partners in the $500 million Giant Magellan Telescope.[4]

History[edit]

When Texas A&M was founded as a land-grant agricultural college in 1876, the school consisted of only two faculty, one of whom taught agricultural chemistry and scientific agriculture. The Texas State Legislature had mandated that science and mathematics existed only to supply instruction to applied fields, and pure scientific study or research was not encouraged. It was not until 1924 that the college established a School of Arts and Sciences, which taught liberal arts, business administration, preparation for teaching, and science. Courses in chemistry and physics were offered in the School of Engineering.[5]

Following World War II and the advent of the atomic bomb, more students clamored for training in pure and natural sciences versus applied science. In 1944 the college had established the Texas A&M Research Foundation, further encourage scientifically minded young people to attend A&M. Between 1948 and 1958 the proportion of students in the School of Arts and Sciences grew much more rapidly than those in the Schools of Agriculture and Engineering, and by 1957 comprised 25% of the student body.[5]

Texas A&M was elevated to university status in 1963, and three years later the College of Science was born, offering the departments of biology, chemistry, mathematics, and physics. The Cyclotron Institute, which conducts research in the nuclear aspects of chemistry, physics, biology, and engineering was placed under the administration of the College of Science in 1971, and in 1984 the Institute of Statistics was renamed to the Department of Statistics.[5]

The Trotter Prize (Texas A&M) is an award and lecture series.

Academics[edit]

Degrees offered[edit]

Centers[edit]

  • Center for Approximation Theory
  • Center for Biological Clocks Research
  • Center for Chemical Characterization & Analysis
  • Center for Mathematics & Science Education (CMSE)
  • Information Technology in Science (ITS)
  • Center for Teaching & Learning

Institutes[edit]

  • Cyclotron Institute
  • George P. and Cynthia W. Mitchell Institute for Fundamental Physics
  • Institute of Developmental & Molecular Biology (IDMB)

Rankings[edit]

  • The Texas A&M Department of Chemistry is ranked 21st nationally by US News and World Report, and the department's Division of Inorganic Chemistry is ranked 7th.[6]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Faculty Salary Study" (PDF). Texas A&M University Office of Institutional Studies and Planning. Retrieved 2007-12-22. 
  2. ^ "Texas A&M University Fall 2007 Enrollment" (PDF). Texas A&M University Office of Institutional Studies and Planning. Retrieved 2007-12-22. 
  3. ^ "First-Rate Faculty" (PDF). Texas A&M University. May 2007. Retrieved 2007-12-22. 
  4. ^ "Departments of Distinction" (PDF). Texas A&M University. May 2006. Retrieved 2007-04-03. [dead link]
  5. ^ a b c "A History of the College". Texas A&M University. Retrieved 2007-04-03. 
  6. ^ "America's Best Colleges 2007". U.S. News & World Report. 2006-09-15. Retrieved 2007-01-03. 

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