Mathematics and Science

The Mathematics and Science department offers you a variety of courses across the scientific and mathematical disciplines.

This department provides advising for a variety of Liberal Arts programs. Click here for a complete list of Liberal Arts transfer options.

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Department Vision

The vision of the Mathematics and Science department is to support a community of learners through:

  • Faculty who have a mastery of their subject, strive to continually improve course content and methods of instruction, and are willing to entertain new ideas and technology while fostering the fundamentals.
  • Students who are inspired to give their best and will be capable and adaptable in the changing occupational environments.

Department Mission Statement

The Mathematics and Science department provides quality educational experiences in mathematics and science for students enrolled at NDSCS. The department faculty enhances student learning through:

  • Lecture and laboratory classroom settings
  • Academic assistance to individuals
  • Academic advising
  • Use of current technology
  • Innovations in teaching and learning

The department faculty:

  • Develops and maintains transfer programs in liberal arts with emphasis in mathematics and science
  • Develops and maintains service courses for other NDSCS programs and departments, including Outreach and Customized Training
  • Coordinates transfer and general education core courses within the North Dakota University System
  • Establishes and maintains articulation agreements between NDSCS and other institutions

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NDSCS faculty continues outreach to K-12 Schools

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As an ongoing initiative of North Dakota State College of Science, faculty continue to pursue outreach and collaboration with K-12 partners across the state. By offering opportunities for community organizations to come to campus for educational and exploratory events, NDSCS hopes to continue to be an enriching force in K-12 education and beyond.

As part of this initiative, NDSCS Mathematics and Science department faculty recently hosted a NOVA Fearful Symmetry event at NDSCS Wahpeton for area Cub Scouts in grades 2 – 5. NOVA programs are STEM-related programs to help Cub Scout members gain interest in Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics. During this NOVA event, Wahpeton Cub Scouts were introduced to the concept of symmetry, and worked on construction projects with marshmallows and toothpicks, watched a video about symmetry in the world, did crafts where symmetry was used in the design, and toured areas of NDSCS where symmetry in construction techniques (such as arches, stained glass windows, etc) are demonstrated.

Lisa Karch, PhD, Vice President for Academic Affairs and Chief Academic Officer commented on NDSCS’s efforts, saying “Partnerships with our K-12 institutions are integral to our mission as a College. We are proud of the work and collaboration our faculty are doing in providing educational opportunities and outreach in our communities. For many young students, this is their first opportunity to visit NDSCS and imagine themselves as a college student in the future.”

NDSCS looks forward to growing the NOVA event at a larger level in future years, bringing Cub Scouts from across the region, and providing a day camp for these students to experience various STEM-related opportunities. In addition to the Cub Scout NOVA program, NDSCS continues to partner with the K-12 sector by hosting additional community events like Math Olympics, FFA regional competitions, SkillsUSA, youth summer camps, and more.

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M. Brady selected for Labster’s 2022 STEM Excellence Award

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NDSCS Mathematics and Science Associate Professor Margaret Brady has been selected as a winner of Labster’s 2022 STEM Excellence Award. This annual award recognizes 10 educators from around the world for innovation in education, through developing student-centered learning programs that utilize new technologies.

Brady was nominated by Labster team members based on her outstanding performance across multiple criteria, including encouragement of scientific literacy, support for strategies that increase student engagement, keen awareness of strategies that help STEM students learn effectively, use of innovative instructional materials and new teaching approaches, promotion of the application of science and technology in careers, and innovation in propelling an institution forward in the use of technology to help more students achieve their goals.

“The STEM Excellence Awards honor inspiring edtech innovators whose passion for teaching and commitment to student success are making a measurable impact within their community,” said Michael Bodekaer Jensen, Labster co-founder and CEO. Brady’s use of Labster virtual lab simulations in her classroom has assisted her students in developing understanding and skills related to the material she presents. “Something in the brain was clicking with the experience; even though it’s virtual, learning is taking place,” says Brady of adding Labster simulations to her courses.

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Rothwell Center for Science

NDSCS dedicates William F. Rothwell Center for Science

The area used for science education at the College has been named in honor of NDSCS alumnus William F. (Bill) Rothwell, who received his Liberal Arts degree from the College in 1956.