School of Science Mission Statement

School of Science Mission Statement

The School of Science strives to provide a current foundation in the elements of scientific method, theory, applicability and laboratory practice that will encourage the student to acquire an in-depth appreciation of the scientific endeavor.  Science and Mathematics have contributed greatly to humanity and will remain central to human progress and awareness in the new millennium. 

As a liberal arts, learning community we recognize the central place of science in human endeavor and practice a problem solving, hands-on approach that allows the Siena student to observe, analyze and apply solutions.  As a Franciscan, Catholic community we also encourage a commitment to the use of science in solving the complex and ever changing problems that stem from worldwide human activities.

Learning Goals

In the statement of these goals, the use of the word science is taken to include mathematics.  Upon completion of a program in the School of Science students will:

  1. Apply the scientific method and critical thinking skills to raise questions and define and solve problems.
  2. Evaluate the quality of scientific information and its interpretation.
  3. Clearly express scientific ideas using oral, visual and written communication.
  4. Understand the ethical dimensions and role of science in human experience.
  5. Acquire the technical and interpersonal skills to be leaders who contribute to an ever-changing society.

Siena College is accredited by the Middle States Commission on Higher Education.   In accordance with Middle States requirements, the College has developed an assessment plan.   Responsibility for assessment of the programs in the School of Science lies with the various departments within the school.   Department missions and learning goals can be accessed via the links shown below.