Diversity, Equity & Inclusion

Celebrating every student.

The College of Science is committed to fostering a community and environment where all are welcome, valued and respected. Our commitment to diversity, equity and inclusion, we believe, goes hand in hand with scientific discovery and advancement—together we can change the world.

Our mission

The College of Science unites disciplines in the pure, applied, social, mathematical, and natural sciences around the central tenets of the scientific method and logic to provide students with outstanding educational and research experiences.  The College recognizes that diversity of thought, background, and experience enrich and expand the scientific enterprise; and affirms the inclusion of all populations to enhance overall success in academic programs and excellence in research productivity.


49% of students in the College of Science self-identify as Students of Color.


61% of the College's student population is female.


The College has an 8% higher 6-year graduation rate than the University average.

*Data source: Institutional Analysis, December 2019.

Spreading the word

Our commitment to diversity and inclusion extends into all areas of life at the College of Science, and beyond into the community. Here are just a few recent examples of that commitment, from bringing leaders in science to our community to speak on matters of diversity to honoring our faculty and staff for the work they've done to make our campus a welcoming space.

William Tate

Relationship of place, race and STEM education topic of William Tate Discover Science lecture

Free public Discover Science Lecture Series Thursday at Redfield Auditorium

Felicity Muth with bee

Bees, bugs and breaking down stereotypes

Anne Leonard and Felicity Muth sit down to talk about their research, what's coming next and overcoming stereotypes

Blane Harding

Blane Harding receives Leading Light Award from national academic advising association

College of Science Director of Advising, Recruitment and Retention honored at annual national conference

Physics is for everyone

Check out College of Science student Katie's video submission to the 2019 video competition. Her video was chosen as an honorable mention and staff favorite and highlights her experience as a Native American, queer, first-generation student studying physics.

Watch the other winning videos

Learn more about the University's commitment to diversity, equity and inclusion

The Office of Diversity and Inclusion represents the University's commitment to realize and sustain a diverse, inclusive and welcoming environment for all University community members, including students, faculty, faculty colleagues and alumni. The Office works closely with academic and administrative units to attract, advance and retain a diverse faculty to strengthen academic excellence. Learn about campus resources, diversity education and training, NSHE initiatives and more.