Mission, Vision and Values

A student works with equipment in a lab

Students in a computer lab work on an assignment in class

A professor explains scientific theories to elementary school children

Mission

The College of Natural and Applied Sciences develops global citizen scholars who are prepared to increase understanding of the natural world and applied sciences within society and to be productive and successful in their careers.

Vision

The College of Natural and Applied Sciences at Missouri State University seeks excellence in teaching, scholarly productivity, and professional and community service.

We value:

  • our students and their success;
  • active learning, academic rigor and critical thinking;
  • excellence in teaching, research and service;
  • inclusiveness, fairness and justice;
  • faculty, staff and administrators;
  • personal and academic integrity;
  • safe learning environments;
  • collaborations and partnerships; and
  • continuous improvement.

adopted 09/15/16

History of the college

The university was first formed with thirteen academic departments in 1945. In 1968 the university separated into four divisions, one of them being the Division of Science and Technology. The divisions were renamed schools in 1972 and then colleges in 1985. The college name changed again with reorganizations in 1994.

  • 1968 - Division of Science and Technology; Director – Carl Fronabarger
  • 1972 - School of Science and Technology; Dean – Carl Fronabarger
  • 1974 - School of Science and Technology; Dean – Clif Thompson
  • 1985 - College of Science and Mathematics; Dean – Clif Thompson
  • 1987 - College of Science and Mathematics; Dean – Jerry Berlin
  • 1994 - College of Natural and Applied Sciences; Dean – Larry Banks
  • 2006 - College of Natural and Applied Sciences; Dean – Tammy Jahnke