Letter from the Dean
Matt Baker

On behalf of the College of Science, Health, and the Liberal Arts I would like to welcome you, and invite you to explore the exciting, innovative, and diverse learning opportunities offered by the College. The College includes the curriculum and majors in the areas of the social sciences, humanities, biological sciences, physical sciences, health sciences, public health, mathematics, and behavioral health. Our programs span: both undergraduate and graduate study; majors and general education; and on-campus, online, hybrid and weekend executive delivery models. The College houses two nationally ranked programs in Physician Assistant and Midwifery, and several programs that incorporate innovative teaching systems. We also offer several combined undergraduate-graduate programs that allow students to complete their education in less time.

Our core values emphasize student–centered, active learning modes of teaching/learning that promote maximal engagement and critical thinking. We are proud of our comprehensive general education curriculum that integrates best practices; our energetic and caring professors; and our focus on involving students in research at the undergraduate level, with many presenting their work at professional meetings. Our health programs have produced not only great practitioners, but also leaders in their field. Our Pre-medical Studies, Law and Society, Psychology, Chemistry, Biology, Biochemistry, and Health Sciences programs boast an impressive record of helping students gain admission into medical, law, dentistry, graduate, and mental/behavioral health schools and programs. Our Environmental Sustainability, Professional Communication, Occupational Therapy, and Disaster Medicine and Management programs provide a broad interdisciplinary approach that prepares students for the professions of the future. I am very excited about our new Master of Science in Community and Trauma Counseling program that is offered on a weekend format and includes a comprehensive counseling curriculum that prepares students for licensure and practice, and emphasizes the importance of traumatic stress in behavioral health interventions with children and adults.

I encourage you to: explore our website; look at our programs; checkout our exciting study abroad and short course opportunities including our recent trips to Honduras, Germany, and Cuba; and come to campus and spend some time meeting our talented students and professors. I look forward to meeting you.

Dr. Matt Dane Baker