History

The College of Science and Mathematics has a unique history. Listed below are some of the historical highlights that our College has experienced throughout the years.

    • 1963 — The Georgia Board of Regents approved the creation of a new institution, tentatively named Cobb County Junior College on October 9, 1963.
    • 1965 — Officially named Kennesaw Junior College (August).
    • 1966 — Kennesaw Junior College opens.
               — Division of Natural Science and Mathematics created.
               — Dr. Wesley Walraven is the first Division Chair.
    • 1967 — Science Building (original) opens (31,615 sq. ft.).
    • 1970 — Dr. Herbert Davis becomes Chair of the Division of Natural Sciences and Mathematics.
    • 1976 — Dedication of the campus Arboretum by Science and Mathematics faculty as part of the U.S. Bicentennial celebration.
    • 1977 — Kennesaw Junior College becomes Kennesaw College.
    • 1983 — Division of Natural Science and Mathematics name changes to School of Natural Science and Mathematics.
               — Dr. Herb Davis becomes the first Dean of the School of Science and Allied Health.
               — Four Departments created:
                     - Department of Biology
                     - Department of Chemistry and Physics
                     - Department of Mathematics and Computer Science
                     - Department of Nursing
    • 1987 — Department of Computer Science and Information Systems created.
    • 1988 — Kennesaw College becomes Kennesaw State College.
    • 1993 — Department of Chemistry and Physics becomes Department of Chemistry.
               — Department of Biology becomes Department of Biological and Physical Sciences.
    • 1994 — School of Science and Allied Health becomes School of Science and Mathematics.
               — Department of Nursing becomes the School of Nursing.
    • 1996 — New $15M (104,336 sq ft.) Science Building opens.
               — Original Science Building becomes Nursing Building.
               — Kennesaw State College becomes Kennesaw State University.
               — School of Science and Mathematics renamed College of Science and Mathematics (CSM).
               — Dr. Herb Davis becomes first CSM Dean.
    • 1997 — Dr. Laurence Peterson becomes the second CSM Dean.
    • 1999 — First CSM masters program offered: Master of Science in Information Systems.
    • 2000 — Dedication of the Joyce H. Pegues Memorial Greenhouse.
    • 2001 — Masters of Science in Applied Computer Science degree offered by CSIS.
               — John Clendenin, education advocate and donor for whom the Ann and John Clendenin Computer Science Building is named, received Kennesaw State University's (KSU's) annual honorary doctorate.
               — Arboretum Co-Founders, Dr. Mary Lance and Ed Bostick, honored on 25th anniversary of Arboretum’s dedication.
               — Department of Chemistry renamed Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry.
    • 2002 — The Ann and John Clendenin Building (37,000 sq. ft.) opened.
      Complex for Applied Science Activities (CASA) and Center for Elections opens in House 57.
    • 2003 — BS in Biotechnology offered (Spring 2003).
    • 2004 — CSM acquires much needed van for field trips, research, etc... Thanks to a generous contribution from Dr. Kathleen Fleiszar.
    • 2005 — Proposed a new Science Laboratory Building.
    • 2006 — Master of Arts in Teaching (M.A.T. - Mathematics) offered in collaboration with Bagwell College of Education.
               — Masters of Science in Applied Statistics (MSAS) program added to the curriculum.
               — Department of Mathematics renamed Department of Mathematics and Statistics.
    • 2007 — Master of Arts in Teaching (M.A.T. - Science) first offered in collaboration with Bagwell College of Education.
               — Department of Biological and Physical Sciences renamed Department of Biology and Physics.
    • 2010 — Dr. Ronald H. Matson appointed Interim Dean of CSM.
               — Former Nursing Building occupied by Department of Mathematics and Statistics and renamed Mathematics and Statistics building.
               — CSM labs open in Prillaman Hall.
               — Advancing the Teaching of Mathematics and Science (A.T.O.M.S.) center jointly opened with Bagwell College of Education in House 59.
    • 2011 — Groundbreaking of New Science Lab Addition.
               — Department of Computer Science and Information Systems becomes the Department of Computer Science; Information Systems moves to Coles College of Business.
    • 2012Master of Science in Integrative Biology (MSIB) program was approved.
               — Dr. Mark R. Anderson named new CSM Dean.
               — KSU to offer Master of Science in Computer Science (MSCS), housed in the CSM's Department of Computer Science.
               — Master of Science in Chemical Sciences (MSCB) program was approved.
               — The Science Laboratory Building opened October 25, 2012, featuring 73,000 square feet, five-stories, six teaching labs and 17 research labs.
    • 2013 — Bachelor of Applied Computer Science program was approved (August 14, 2013).
    • 2014 — The former Department of Mathematics and Statistics has officially split into two departments: Department of Mathematics & Department of Statistics and Analytical Sciences.
               — Construction starts on The Oasis, outdoor classroom (July 28, 2014).
               — The Oasis - Outdoor Classroom opens (November 14, 2014).
               — Birla Carbon Scholars Program launched — Thanks to a generous contribution from Birla Carbon.
    • 2015 — The former Department of Biology and Physics has officially split into three departments: Department of Ecology, Evolution, and Organismal Biology, Department of Molecular and Cellular Biology, & Department of Physics.
               — Ph.D. in Analytics and Data Science program was approved.
               — Computer Science moves to College of Computing and Software Engineering (CCSE).
    • 2016 — KSU was upgraded to a doctoral research institution with R3 status by the Carnegie Classification of Institutions of Higher Learning (February 8, 2016).
    • 2017Advanced Majors Program (AMP) launched.
               — Dr. Don McGarey was selected to serve as the interim Vice President for Research (July 1, 2017).
               — Ph.D. in Analytics and Data Science program moves to KSU's Graduate College.
               — Build-out of the 5th floor of the Science Laboratory building is completed.
    • 2018 — $1 million grant received from Howard Hughes Medical Institute (HHMI) for Inclusive Excellence in STEM.
               — KSU was upgraded to a doctoral research institution with R2 status by the Carnegie Classification of Institutions of Higher Learning (December 31, 2018).
    • 2019 — March 22 Dr. Don McGarey appointed Interim Dean of the College of Science and Mathematics.
               — Groundbreaking of the Science Lab Annex (Marietta Campus).
    • 2020 — January 1 Dr. Marla Bell appointed Interim Dean of the College of Science and Mathematics.
    • 2020 — August 1 Dr. Kojo Mensa-Wilmot named Dean of the College of Science and Mathematics.
    • 2021 — February 15 The Department of Statistics and Analytical Sciences moves to the College of Computing and Software Engineering at Kennesaw State University and is established as the School of Data Science and Analytics.
  • Late 1960's KSU Campus
  • 1967 KSU Campus
  • 1976 Kennesaw State University Arboretum dedication
  • 1980's Science Lab
  • 1994 Science & Allied Health Building
  • 1994 Science Building Construction
  • 1996 Science Building opens
  • 2000 Dedication of the Joyce H. Pegues Memorial Greenhouse
  • 2002 Groundbreaking for the Clendenin Building
  • 2002 The Ann and John Clendenin Building opens
  • 2004 Van donated by Dr. Kathleen Fleiszar
  • 2010 Former Nursing Building renamed to Mathematics and Statistics building
  • 2011 Science Laboratory Building Groundbreaking ceremony
  • 2012 Science Laboratory Building ribbon cutting ceremony
  • 2017 Science Laboratory Building and greenhouse on the Kennesaw Campus
  • 2018 Inside of the Science Laboratory Building on Kennesaw campus
  • 2014 The Oasis, outdoor classroom opens
  • 2019 The Oasis, Outdoor classroom renovation
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