About the Science Building
The College of Arts and Sciences (CAS) is the nucleus of the SIUE campus. The general education science program, which is required of all undergraduates, provides students with a solid knowledge base and transferable analytical skills. The science courses provide the essential foundation for many professional school students as well as preparing students majoring in biological sciences, chemistry, environmental sciences and physics for careers in industry, research and teaching. Faculty members are adding to the latest body of research in the sciences from the regulation of neuron receptors to green roof technologies to advancing science education at all levels.
CAS has cultivated strong relationships with many regional and national organizations and corporations who recognize the importance of providing internships and full-time employment opportunities to students. This real-world experience gives students access to a state-of-the-art learning environment and prepares them to contribute to the economic vitality of the region.
CAS faculty members have received prestigious grants from agencies such as the National Institutes of Health, National Institutes of Environmental Health Sciences, National Science Foundation and American Chemical Society. In 2009, the College’s faculty successfully secured a total of $2.8 million in grants for 71 projects—a 38 percent increase over the previous year. An additional $18.6 million in CAS research funding was pending at the close of fiscal year 2009.
The College introduced an environmental sciences management program—without new funding or faculty—after a regional need for the program was identified. A new specialization in environmental toxicology offers collaborative research opportunities with colleagues in the Schools of Nursing and Pharmacy.
In response to the University’s Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM) initiatives, the Department of Chemistry is obtaining approval for a Master of Arts in chemistry education to prepare high school chemistry teachers.
The College recruited a chemistry faculty member to lead the development of a forensics degree program, a regional need identified by the local police department.