The College of Arts & Sciences is a diverse learning community comprising five academic departments — Human Factors & Systems, Humanities & Communication, Mathematics, Physical Sciences, and Security Studies & International Affairs. The ever-evolving academic programs, state-of-the-art facilities, and bright, enthusiastic students are all part of an outstanding learning environment in COAS. Our faculty — more than 160 strong — are leaders in their fields and consistently recognized for outstanding research and teaching.
Our college delivers most of the general education courses on campus, providing vital course work during the first two years for all our students.
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Degrees followed by an asterisk (*) feature a combined bachelor's-to-master's degree program option
This program takes advantage of our department's observatory facilities — including the largest University research telescope in the southeastern United States — and folds them into laboratory components of the program, combining mathematics, physics, optics, astronomy, astrophysics, and instrumentation.
Communication students learn the vocabulary and methodologies of scientists working in fields like meteorology, environmentalism, medicine, and technology and then communicate it effectively and accurately in both traditional news media and the information delivery systems of the future.
Designed for students seeking a career focusing on modeling and simulation, Computational Mathematics prepares graduates to operate at the intersection of applied mathematics and computer science to solve complex problems in engineering and the physical, natural, and behavioral sciences.
Combining space systems engineering with space physics, this program creates a gateway to the space program while laying the foundation for engineering and physics applications and graduate studies.
Students interested in the domains of modern homeland security — including terrorism studies, law and policy, emergency management, risk analysis, asymmetric warfare, and strategic planning — can develop the knowledge they need in the B.S. in Homeland Security program.
Anyone who has pondered how to make a DVD player easier to use, how to make a smartphone more user-friendly, or how to improve the ergonomics of a workstation would be a great match for Human Factors Psychology, where students learn how to improve the collaboration between human systems and advanced technology.
Unique students with out-of-the-box aspirations can find a home in this unique interdisciplinary degree program, which lets students design a program that serves their vision.
Students fascinated with what goes on high in the upper atmosphere or in the deep reaches of space can prepare for a career researching the magnetic and electrical phenomena that occur in space.
This online program, geared toward working professionals, teaches students about computer security, law, engineering, management, and policy and includes a two-part capstone course that allows students to explore challenges from their careers in a scholarly way.
Develop the skills and knowledge necessary to design spacecraft systems for research and study space systems engineering, upper atmospheric physics, space physics and plasma and magnetospheric physics in the Master of Science in Engineering Physics program.
This online program, geared toward working professionals, educates students on the global idea of protecting the well-being of individuals rather than a state as a whole, as well as the principles of resilience — awareness, detection, communication, reaction (and if possible, avoidance) and recovery.
The objective of this program is to provide advanced education and research opportunities to exceptional students by providing a research environment that fosters collaboration, creative thinking, and publishing of findings in nationally recognized journals. Areas of research emphasis will build upon existing research in the Department of Physical Sciences.
This Ph.D. program equips students with advanced knowledge, skills, and techniques in research that are relevant to Human Factors. The emphasis in the curriculum is highly quantitative in nature, providing these students with a robust skill set for research development and data analysis.