NC State will replace the College of Physical and Mathematical Sciences (PAMS) with a broader, more comprehensive College of Sciences, Chancellor Randy Woodson reported at the April 20 meeting of the Board of Trustees. The move comes after a careful, yearlong review of academic science programs by a diverse university task force supplemented by additional campus feedback.
The new college will include the physical and chemical sciences, the mathematical and statistical sciences, earth system sciences, and the biological sciences. As part of the realignment, the undergraduate biology program will move from the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences to the College of Sciences.
The move aligns NC State with national best practices that combine related physical and life sciences departments in one college, allowing for better interdisciplinary educational opportunities, improved research collaboration and more efficient support operations, Woodson said.
The College of Sciences will be instituted July 1, 2013 with Dr. Dan Solomon, dean of PAMS, as the inaugural dean.
More information, including a letter from Woodson about the new college, task force reports and recommendations, and answers to frequently asked questions, can be found online.