About the College of Science and Mathematics

Message from the Dean

Interim Dean Kathrin Engisch working with facultyScience and mathematics help us understand the world. We use science—the scientific method, observation, experiment, interpretation, argument, and proposing hypotheses—to explain what happens around us, in the environment or in our own bodies. We use mathematics—symbols, equations, modeling, and theoretical analysis—to concisely describe what happens around us. When we understand something at a deep level, we use science and mathematics to make predictions about what will happen, if we do this, or if we do that. We modify our hypotheses and our models and our equations as we observe what actually happens. Because science and mathematics are so fundamental, the College of Science and Mathematics takes our mission very seriously, to impart what science and mathematics can do, and to push the envelope of knowledge further out through research.  

It is my goal that in every science class, students are doing science, and in mathematics class, they are doing mathematics. No one expects to become a great painter by watching someone else apply watercolors to paper, and we do not expect students to attain expertise in science and mathematics by watching an authority deliver a lecture or solve a computational problem. Students should also have opportunities to express their creativity and entrepreneurial spirit.

It is my goal that every faculty member has the tools and resources to carry out their research. Faculty need state of the art core facilities, and networks of colleagues to discuss results, provide feedback on research proposals, and celebrate having articles published.

The highest achievers in our society did not get there alone. They received help, in the form of a mentor, an advocate, someone who “knew the ropes.” The college is dedicated to creating an environment where everyone pays it forward. Faculty mentor other faculty, students mentor other students, alumni are tapped for their expertise, and the college provides the resources, processes and policies that facilitate these interactions.

Dr. Kathrin Engisch
Interim Dean, College of Science and Mathematics


photo of students in the diggs laboratory

The Wright State University College of Science and Mathematics (CoSM) was founded in 1964 as one of the first two colleges of the new Dayton Campus of Miami University and Ohio State University. In 1964, CoSM was known as the College of Science and Engineering. In 1985, Wright Sate University established the College of Engineering and Computer Science and the College of Science and Mathematics. CoSM remains one of the largest colleges on campus.

The CoSM Interim Dean is Dr. Kathrin Engisch. She became Interim Dean in July 2015.  Dr. Engisch is an associate professor of neuroscience, cell biology and physiology, and served as associate dean for undergraduate education and outreach since 2012.

Past Deans of CoSM include, Yi Li(2011-2015), Dan Voss (2010-2011, Interim), Michele Wheatly (2002-2009), Robert Weisman (2001-2002, Interim), Roger Gilpin (1996-2001), Marc Low (1991-1996), Richard Millman (1986-1991), John Rossmiller (1984-1986, Interim), Brian Hutchings (1974-1984), and Robert Conley.

Currently, CoSM offers eight undergraduate programs (including 9 majors and 8 minors), 15 masters programs, and 4 Ph.D. programs. There are approximately 165 faculty within the college. In the Fall of 2014, there were 1866 registered students in the college (1442 undergraduate). The largest departments in the college in the Fall of 2014 were Biological Sciences and Psychology.

CoSM reaches every student at Wright State University with one of more of its classes whether or not they are a science or mathematics major through core education requirements.