Division of Natural Sciences and Mathematics

Prepares Students to Make an Impact on the 21st Century

 Division of Natural Sciences and Mathematics Brochure  

Students in the Division of Natural Sciences and Mathematics have an opportunity to prepare for a number of exciting career possibilities. Those wishing to enter the fields of engineering, nursing, medicine, dentistry, pharmacy, or the allied health professions will benefit greatly from our programs. We also offer an excellent curriculum for future mathematics and science teachers.

Although the Division does not offer majors in nursing or engineering, it participates in collaborative programs with other institutions in pre-nursing (USC-Columbia) and pre-engineering (Clemson University, USC) and offers a dual degree program in mathematics/engineering with North Carolina Agricultural and Technical State University (NCA&T). Upon completion of the dual degree requirements at NCA&T, students receive a BS degree in mathematics from Morris College and a BS degree in engineering from NCA&T.

While pursuing a degree in the Division of Natural Sciences and Mathematics at Morris, students enjoy the activities of the STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics) Club. This Club fosters camaraderie and cohesion among the members and makes it possible for students to assume leadership roles among their peers.

Field trips, undertaken in connection with biology courses, broaden students’ perspectives by providing opportunities to observe activities and phenomena firsthand. During their tenure at Morris College, students may participate in summer research internships at other institutions throughout the nation. In addition, the Division’s Scientific Lecture Series exposes students to professional role models in research, academe, the health fields, and technology.

The Division of Natural Sciences and Mathematics seek to broaden student's horizons and to nurture the spirit through experiences that are intellectual, organizational, and social.

Student Undergraduate Research

Undergraduate research is assuming an increasingly important role in STEM students' preparation for the future. To transform students from passive recipients of information to creators of knowledge, the Division provides undergraduate summer research opportunities at research institutions and national laboratories. Participation in research requires students to have a 3.0 or higher GPA and be in good standing with the college. Regular research partners are The University of South Carolina, Furman University, Savannah State University, Livermore National Laboratory (California), and Oak Ridge National Laboratory (Tennessee).

Overview of Majors and Minors

Biology Majors are presented with an integrated concept of life as manifested in animals, plants, and microorganisms. This concept reveals characteristics common to all forms of life and accentuates the dependence of one form or another, either directly or indirectly. We endeavor to demonstrate the interrelationships and organization of living organisms with their abiotic environment. This and other thought-provoking exercises will provide the necessary background for advanced study toward a career in the medical fields, academe, research, or in education. Morris College has long been associated with producing excellent educators throughout the Southeast.

Mathematics Majors are first required to prove a firm understanding of the basic concepts, methods and formulas in mathematics. Beyond the basics, students will develop proficiency in the use of the symbolic language of mathematics, as well as the use of computers for modern day applications. The application of age-old formulas with blazing technology makes the challenge of problem-solving fun, and will prepare our students for tomorrow’s workplace.

Some will go on to teach mathematics at the secondary level, and others will address tomorrow’s challenges using computer science and technology. Either way, the graduates of this program are finding rewarding, challenging careers.

Computer Science and Cybersecurity Minors
In today's accelerating world of technology, there is an expanding need at the federal government and the private sector for graduates capable of managing their technology networks and providing security against the triple threats facing our nation in security breaches, hacking and data compromises. To assist in meeting this demand, the computer science and cybersecurity minor programs were developed. They provide students the opportunity to acquire the necessary computer and cybersecurity backgrounds to assume responsible leadership positions in public and private industries.

To help students attain their career goals, the Division makes available study materials, including CDs, books, and software programs, to prepare for the Graduate Record Examination (GRE) and the Medical College Admission Test (MCAT). The Morris College – HBCU-UP Testing/Learning Center is the hub for these academic activities. Additionally, there is a cybersecurity lab to support the minors in cybersecurity and computer science.

For additional information, please call or write:

Dr. Radman M. Ali, Chairperson
Division of Natural Sciences and Mathematics
Morris College
100 West College Street
Sumter, SC 29150-3599
Tel. 803-934-3266
Fax: 803-778-2695
E-mail: rali@morris.edu