Susan Elrod, Dean

Welcome to the College of Science and Mathematics (CSM) at Fresno State.

“Chance favors the prepared mind.” This saying is attributed to Louis Pasteur, the great 19th century scientist who (among other contributions) invented the process of Pasteurization and made many contributions to the field of microbiology. This quote embodies my philosophy as a scientist-educator and as the new Dean of CSM. Our priority is to provide the cutting-edge education students need to prepare them for the opportunities they face in the 21st century, and particularly those relevant to the Central Valley region of California. The College enrolls over 3500 undergraduate and graduate students in 21 bachelor’s and master’s level programs across the seven disciplines in our College - Biology, Chemistry, Computer Science, Earth & Environmental Studies, Mathematics, Physics, and Psychology. We also offer dozens of science and mathematics courses in the general education program and as support for other majors.

The heart of the College is its people. We have a diverse and accomplished group of over 150 faculty members who are dedicated to high-quality teaching, research and service to the University and the Central Valley community. Our faculty engage in disciplinary as well as interdisciplinary research collaborations in engineering, agriculture and social science. Our students come primarily from the Central Valley but also from other places around California, the U.S. and the world. With our faculty, students have many opportunities to do science in the lab, field or in the community, which help to prepare them for careers, graduate school and professional programs beyond the classroom experiences they have in their majors. Last year, students presented their research in over 200 talks and posters and were co-authors on 59 scientific publications. All of our programs are supported by a talented and creative staff that is dedicated to student success, as well. As a result of their Fresno State CSM degree, students enter exciting industry careers, pursue doctoral degrees and research careers, become K-12 and community college teachers, enter the health professions, conduct environmental research, and work for local, state, and Federal agencies. Many stay in our region and contribute to the culture, vibrancy and economy of the Central Valley.

The Dean's office is located in Science II, Room 301. Please stop by and see us any time!


Susan Elrod, PhD