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The Division of Math and Natural Science consists of three departments; Biology, Marine Biology & Environmental Science, Chemistry & Physics, and Mathematics. The Division offers BA/BS degrees in Biology, Marine Biology, Chemistry, Biochemistry, and Environmental Science. The BS in Chemistry is an ACS-accredited degree program. The Mathematics department offers a BS degree in mathematics and a BS dual major in Mathematics and Secondary Education. The Division also offers minors in the above areas and in addition, Aquaculture and Aquarium Science.
The Division is housed in the 40,000-square foot Marine & Natural Sciences Building which contains the marine biology wetlab with flowing sea water from the Mt. Hope Bay, teaching and research laboratories, computer facilities and lecture halls. The Chemistry department maintains a broad spectrum of state-of-the-art instrumentation for use in instruction and faculty and student research including a NMR Spectrometer, Atomic Absorption Spectrophotometer, FT-IR Spectrophotometer, a Mercury Analyzer, and a HPLC w/UV and fluorescence detectors. Adjacent to the building is a saltwater learning platform which offers students the opportunity to work in a natural outdoor laboratory.

Mission Statement

The Division of Math and Natural Science enables students to explore the patterns, laws, and phenomena of the natural world and educates students in the use of logic and the scientific method. The Division of Math and Natural Science provides integral components of the liberal arts education for Roger Williams University students. This parallels RWU’s mission, which is to provide its students with a general education and meet the specific needs of those pursuing professional, educational, and technical careers.

Division goals

  • To provide excellent educational opportunities for our students by preparing them for professional careers, graduate studies and life-long learning.
  • Maintain quality instruction in the mathematics and science portion of Roger Williams University Core General Education program;
  • To offer an enriched mathematics and science undergraduate education by providing students opportunities to perform research with faculty mentors;
  • Incorporate curricular flexibility to prepare students for the scientific and educational challenges of the 21st century.

Please visit our department web sites for more information on our programs.