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College of Science reorganizes, creates three schools

Stan McKenzie

Stan McKenzie

The College of Science has a new organizational structure. A collection of schools will augment the departmental structure, becoming the public face of the college. RIT President Albert Simone and Dean Ian Gatley announced the news during the university’s opening day events Aug. 31.

“The school structure is much more appropriate to the dual role played by the College of Science in providing foundational general education courses for students throughout the institute as well as delivering extremely high quality degree programs at both the undergraduate and graduate degree levels,” says RIT Provost Stanley McKenzie. “The school structure also better facilitates the increasing role the College of Science plays in research and scholarship by faculty and students alike.”

The department of mathematics and statistics has become the School of Mathematical Sciences with Sophia Maggelakis as the head; the separate departments of biological sciences and medical sciences have created the School of Life Sciences under Richard Doolittle. Faculty from physics and chemistry will form the School of Physical Sciences later in the year.

The Chester F. Carlson Center for Imaging Science and the general science exploration for undecided science majors will remain unchanged.