About the College of Science

The College of Science was established in 1976 and is composed of five academic departments: Department of Biological Sciences; Department of Chemistry; Department of Criminal Justice, Criminology, and Forensic Sciences; Department of Mathematics & Physics; and Department of Natural Resources & Earth Sciences. While the College of Science Dean’s Office is located in Science Building suite 270, the college operates out of several buildings including Science Building, Smith Hall, Morrow Library, and the Forensic Science Center. In addition, some lecture and laboratory classes and faculty offices are in the Robert C. Byrd Biotechnology Science Center and the Weisberg Applied Engineering Complex.

What the College of Science Offers

Marshall University’s College of Science offers 15 undergraduate degree programs and 12 graduate degree programs that prepare graduates for vast opportunities in exciting, successful careers of making discoveries and creating solutions. Our programs explore everything from cybersecurity to environmental and agricultural challenges, from cells to the outer reaches of the universe. Furthermore, the College of Science also offers an interdisciplinary minor in Pre-Professional Health Care Studies, a program to help students prepare for a professional career in health care, including pathways to medical school, veterinary school, optometry school, physician’s assistant programs, dental school, pharmacy school, and more.

Our college, across all programs, is committed to offering an enriching academic experience through our dedicated faculty, cutting edge curriculum, and affordable tuition. Our outstanding faculty includes award-winning professors and accomplished scholars devoted to academic excellence. Among thousands of our esteemed graduates are leaders in medicine, business, research, public service, and academia. We provide the very best learning and laboratory facilities, and we focus on providing students with career choice information and academic advising to ensure each student graduates with their degree in four years. To sum it up, whether you’re an incoming freshman or pursuing a doctoral degree, the College of Science can help you find success in all you do.

Meet the Moment — Find Your Voice

Nestled amongst the vibrant Marshall campus, the College of Science stands as a testament to the pursuit of academic excellence and  nurturing collaborative growth. As you wander through our halls, you’ll encounter diverse voices — voices that resonate with stories of personal triumphs, unexpected friendships, and profound discoveries. These narratives paint a vivid portrait of the transformative journey that is education at our institution. With every step taken, every idea shared, and every challenge conquered, our students breathe life into the very essence of our academic community. Their experiences illuminate the path ahead, revealing a profound tapestry of learning, support, and opportunity that defines the heart and soul of our college.

Portrait of Clay Williams, Biological Sciences, Class of 2021

“Marshall has not only provided me with ample resources for a career in medicine, but it has molded me into an active citizen, a confident leader, and an inclusive friend.”

Clay Williams
Biological Sciences, Class of 2021

Portrait of Ryan Jarrell, Mathematics and Statistics, Class of 2020

“Honestly, I wasn’t sure if I would be able to be successful or not when coming back to school. But here, I’ve found professors who are first and foremost wonderful people — teachers who care about their students’ success. I’m so grateful for what I’ve found here at Marshall.”

Ryan Jarrell
Mathematics and Statistics, Class of 2020

Portrait of Macie Majoy, Criminal Justice, Class of 2021

“Marshall not only brought me great friends, but has brought me into a bright community with great faculty, teammates, coaches, and classmates. I am proud to forever be a part of this family.”

Macie Majoy
Criminal Justice, Class of 2021

Students from the College of Science are the curious critical-thinkers and problem-solvers who will graduate and change the world in their own unique way. We look forward to helping you find your passion and make a difference.

Mission Statement

Scientific and technologically trained people are essential to our nation’s health and prosperity in a rapidly expanding global economy. Students majoring in baccalaureate degree programs in the College of Science receive a broad education conducive to pursuing a wide range of career options. Course requirements include solid grounding in the student’s chosen area of scientific interest along with studies in humanities and the social sciences. Students receive instruction in a learning environment that encourages competency in written and oral communication skills along with the ability to work in groups. Special emphasis is placed on experiential learning through participation in activities such as undergraduate research and internships. For non-science majors, departments in the College of Science offer a series of courses which focus on enhancing science literacy through instruction in integrated science and practical applications of mathematics.

Mission Methods

Dean Wes Stites presenting goals and metrics of the College of Science strategic plan

Often mission statements only live on office walls and web sites, but the College of Science is busy taking steps to make sure that we live up to our mission and to the needs and expectations of our students. In alignment with the university’s strategic plan, Marshall for All, Marshall Forever, we are focusing on developing an excellent environment for scientific and personal development through five priorities: support student success, strategic enrollment growth, support faculty and staff, excellence in research, and financial stewardship.

View our Plan-on-a-Page

Cyber Forensics & Security student working in dedicated computer lab

The recent West Virginia Forward study identified cybersecurity as one of the biggest opportunities for economic growth and development. The College of Science’s undergraduate and graduate programs in Cyber Forensics & Security align perfectly with this growing field. Our students’ achievements, ranking 14th at the National Cyber League competition and participating in international exercises like Locked Shields, demonstrate our commitment to hands-on learning. The WV State Police Digital Forensics Lab at Marshall University was recently expanded, creating ample internship opportunities for students to help ensure they are well-prepared for successful careers in this dynamic field. Additionally, the state has just invested $45 million to establish a state-of-the-art Institute for Cyber Security at Marshall, positioning the university at the forefront of cyber defense and research.

Students participate in experiments at Physics Day

Investing in the next generation of scientists is at the heart of our mission. Our faculty actively engage in outreach events, including the National Youth Science Camp, Health Sciences & Technology Academy, WV GEAR UP Expo, and Zoo Camp, inspiring young minds to pursue science-related fields. Our Academic Advisors’ expertise, with certifications like Certified Appreciative Adviser and membership in the National Academic Advising Association, ensures personalized guidance for every student. Faculty and staff recognition by Marshall’s Center for Student Success, based on student nominations, underlines our dedication to student success.

Student working in a biology research laboratory

College of Science faculty are active in research, empowering students to explore the boundaries of scientific knowledge. Just during the 2022-2023 academic year, our faculty have helped secure substantial grants supporting our mission. With a $6 million National Science Foundation grant for neuroscience, our collaborative efforts throughout West Virginia drive advancements in this critical field. The $1.75 million Law Enforcement Center grant reinforces our commitment to forensic sciences, offering state-of-the-art facilities and resources for student excellence. Furthermore, a $1.18 million grant from the National Institutes of Health empowers our researchers to explore genetics and aging, making meaningful contributions to scientific progress. Join us and unlock your potential in science with top-notch education, hands-on experiences, and impactful research opportunities!

Cost of Attendance & Financial Assistance

The Office of Student Financial Assistance is committed to assisting you in planning for and meeting your educational costs. Marshall University is already one of the most affordable universities in America; students in the College of Science also have many scholarships available at the college and departmental levels to help defray the cost of their education.

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Some Form of Financial Aid
In Total Financial Aid Awarded
One of the most affordable universities in America
Marshall was named one of the top 100 most affordable universities in America by Best Value Schools.
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Contact the College of Science

Have a question about the College of Science? You can reach us at cos@marshall.edu or 304-696-2372.

Prospective and current students seeking academic information may wish to contact the advisors at the college’s Office of Student Services.

If you have questions pertaining to a particular department within the college, you may wish to contact the appropriate department office.


COS Dean’s Office Staff


Wesley Stites
College of Science Dean
Location: Science Building 270
Telephone: 304-696-2424
E-mail: stites@marshall.edu
Contact Wesley Stites for:
  • Fundraising
  • College policies
  • Personnel-related matters
Anna Mummert
Associate Dean & Professor
Location: Science Building 270
Telephone: 304-696-3041
E-mail: mummerta@marshall.edu
Contact Anna Mummert for:
  • Scholarships
  • Registration issues, including course overloads
  • Grade appeals
  • Questions about pre-professional healthcare majors
Wanda Dyke
Business Manager
Location: Science Building 270
Telephone: 304-696-4672
E-mail: dyke@marshall.edu
Contact Wanda Dyke for:
  • Travel
  • College budget
  • Graduate assistants
Stephanie Blankenship
Office Administrator
Location: Science Building 270
Telephone: 304-696-2371
E-mail: blankenships@marshall.edu
Contact Stephanie Blankenship for:
  • Changing academic major
  • Meeting scheduling for Dean's Office
  • Graduation applications
  • Lost and found

Student Services

The academic advisors of the Office of Student Services are prepared to help students in their academic journey. They can help students understand available academic programs, graduation requirements, university and college policies and procedures, available resources, and more.

Visit the COS Student Services website – Who is my advisor?

Sara Simpson
Program Manager & Academic Advisor
Location: Science Building 213
Telephone: 304-696-3475
E-mail: sara.simpson@marshall.edu
Contact Sara Simpson for:
  • BS to MD / EA advising
  • Pre-Chiropractic advising
  • Pre-Optometry advising
  • Pre-Physician Assistant advising
  • Mathematics advising
  • Statistics advising
Tricia Agnello
Student Services Specialist
Location: Science Building 267
Telephone: 304-696-3476
E-mail: tricia.agnello@marshall.edu
Contact Tricia Agnello for:
  • Biological Sciences advising
  • Pre-Dental advising
  • Pre-Medicine advising
  • Pre-Veterinary advising
  • Pre-Physical Therapy advising
  • Physics advising
Paige Kennedy
Academic Advisor
Location: Science Building 214
Telephone: 304-696-2327
E-mail: paige.kennedy@marshall.edu
Contact Paige Kennedy for:
  • Criminal Justice advising
  • Chemistry advising
  • Pre-Medicine advising
  • Pre-Pharmacy advising
Jacob Longoria
Academic Advisor
Location: Science Building 274
Telephone: 304-696-3214
E-mail: jacob.longoria@marshall.edu
Contact Jacob Longoria for:
  • Pre-Biology advising
  • Pre-Science advising
  • Cyber Forensics & Security advising
  • Environmental Science advising
  • Geology advising
  • Natural Resources & Recreation Management advising
  • Specialty Agriculture advising
  • Undecided advising

COS IT Center

The College of Science Instructional Technology (IT) Center is the resource center, problem solver, and general consulting entity for the college’s many technological needs and desires.

Visit the COS IT Center website

James Booth
Instructional Technologist
Location: Science Building 162
Telephone: 304-696-2908
E-mail: james.booth@marshall.edu
Nick Slate
Instructional Technologist
Location: Science Building 162
Telephone: 304-696-3595
E-mail: nick.slate@marshall.edu