Departments and Programs


The College of Natural and Applied Sciences incorporates seven departments and one cooperative program in conjunction with University of Missouri Science and Technology, and is home to a number of outreach and research centers. We seek to improve success rates in the STEM areas (science, technology, engineering and mathematics) through outreach activities and engaged learning. Whether in a laboratory or observatory setting, the world is the CNAS classroom.

Secondary science teacher education

If you want to teach science at the middle and high school levels in Missouri, and you are (or will be) a Missouri State University student, you need to complete three steps:

  1. Earn a Bachelor of Science degree from Missouri State in one of four science disciplines. Course plans and program details are available for each online.
  1. Earn a Master of Arts in Teaching from Missouri State. A 2.75 GPA or better in your bachelor's degree discipline area is required for admission to the MAT program.
  2. Receive certification/licensure in the state of Missouri to teach middle school and high school science.

Contact GGP instructor, Melanie Carden-Jessen, at 417-836-3231 or Biology associate professor, Gigi Saunders, at 417-836-6469.

Undergraduate Programs


Includes options in:​​​​​​​

  • Environmental Biology and Evolution
  • Microbiology and Biotechnology
  • Pre-Teacher Education
  • Wildlife and Fisheries Biology

Chemistry and Biochemistry

Community and Regional Planning

Computer Science


Environmental Physics Technology



Geospatial Sciences​​​​​​​

Hospitality Leadership
Includes options in:

  • Club Management
  • Food and Beverage
  • General Operations
  • Lodging
  • Senior Living Management
  • Tourism


Includes options in:

  • Actuarial Mathematics
  • Applied Mathematics
  • General Mathematics
  • Statistics

Mathematics Education

Includes options in:

  • Career Prep Physics
  • Astronomy and Astrophysics
  • Materials Science
  • Teaching Prep Physics


Sustainable Tourism Development

Wildlife Conservation and Management

Graduate programs


CNAS Department Heads

Dr. Douglas R. Carroll

Cooperative Engineering Program

Dr. Toby Dogwiler

Geography, Geology and Planning

Dr. Kara Wolfe

Hospitality Leadership

Dr. Robert A. Mayanovic

Physics, Astronomy and Materials Science