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College of STEM

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College of STEM

The College of Science, Technology, Engineering & Mathematics (STEM), provides studies for students in the areas of agriculture, astronomy, biology, chemistry, computer science, engineering physics, engineering technology, geosciences, information technology, mathematics, medical technology, radiologic technology, and physics. Our outstanding, discipline-based programs are student-centered and designed to prepare students for responsible positions at all levels of research, industry, education, medicine, and government positions.

College of STEM

The College of Science, Technology, Engineering & Mathematics (STEM), provides studies for students in the areas of agriculture, astronomy, biology, chemistry, computer science, engineering physics, engineering technology, geosciences, information technology, mathematics, medical technology, radiologic technology, and physics. Our outstanding, discipline-based programs are student-centered and designed to prepare students for responsible positions at all levels of research, industry, education, medicine, and government positions.

College of STEM

The College of Science, Technology, Engineering & Mathematics (STEM), provides studies for students in the areas of agriculture, astronomy, biology, chemistry, computer science, engineering physics, engineering technology, geosciences, information technology, mathematics, medical technology, radiologic technology, and physics. Our outstanding, discipline-based programs are student-centered and designed to prepare students for responsible positions at all levels of research, industry, education, medicine, and government positions.

Students in Austin Peay's College of STEM usually aren't sitting still for very long.

When our students and educators leave the classroom, they're launching ballons to the edge of space, landing prestigious fellowships and studying wasps at Disney Epcot’s 2.5 million square feet of greenhouses.

The common thread between all our students is how they've been able to use their individual experiences to make a quantifiable change in the scientific landscape. When you come to Austin Peay, you'll be able to work closely with your professors daily on research projects, field work and professional development to make sure you are well prepared to enter the workforce.

 


9
Academic departments in STEM
2,303
Students enrolled in STEM programs in Fall 2020
48
STEM Academic Programs

Academic departments in the College of STEM

All of our nine academic departments boast doctoral-trained faculty with decades of combined experience who are dedicated to making each class experience worthwhile. 

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Agriculture

The department, including faculty offices and classrooms, is housed in the Sundquist Science Complex. The department oversees the 440-acre Farm and Environmental Education Center, which is located three miles from the main campus which has a $1.2 million Animal Science teaching facility.

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Allied Health Sciences students work in lab
Allied Health Sciences

Through APSU's Department of Allied Health Sciences, you can prepare for in-demand healthcare careers in medical laboratory science, radiologic technology, radiography, radiation therapy, and nuclear medicine.

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Biology students work at APSU farm
Biology

Austin Peay State University’s Department of Biology provides an intellectual and motivational environment for career development in many areas of biology.  Students can pursue training in field biology, botany, zoology, animal and plant physiology, microbiology, molecular genetics, and environmental assessment.

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Chemistry

The Department of Chemistry at Austin Peay State University is nationally certified by the American Chemical Society, devoted to student success, and prepares students for a wide variety of career options.  Our mission is to educate students to independently and critically think, apply chemical concepts and principles to better understand the scientific world, and help them to become scientifically literate. We use innovative pedagogical and research strategies to engage students and cultivate a passion for chemistry and scientific learning. 

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Computer Science and Information Technology

Computer science is one of the fastest growing fields in the modern world. At APSU's Department of Computer Science and Information Technology, our published faculty and experience guarantee that you will be prepared for any computing field with one of our many undergraduate degrees and graduate degrees.

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Engineering Technology

Engineering Technology is a science that is centered on individuals who want to be an engineer, but at the same time want to be able to be involved in the actual manufacturing or implementation of the items they modify or design.  It is a field that challenges the abilities of anyone who has dreamed of becoming an engineer or technologist.  

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Geosciences

The Department of Geosciences offers a Bachelor of Science in Geosciences with concentrations that prepare students for working in a varity of Geoscience specialties such as the geological sciences, environmental hazards, geographic information science, and global environment and development. In addition, we also offer minors in Geology, Geography, GIS and Water Resources Management. 

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Mathematics and Statistics

The knowledgeable and friendly faculty of the Department of Mathematics at Austin Peay are dedicated to providing a quality education in mathematics. The study of mathematics enhances critical thinking skills and provides an excellent background for a career in most any field, including science, engineering, education, law, and medicine.

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Physics, Engineering and Astronomy

The APSU Physics Major is versatile enough to provide superior preparation for graduate study or a career in a wide variety of physics-related disciplines, from Astrophysics to Engineering to Medicine.  Its large selection of major electives allow the student to tailor the major to exactly the career path in which they are interested.

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Nerina Jusufovic
Nerina Jusufovic
Graduate, Biology major

Austin Peay has been wonderful to me; they’ve provided me with everything I needed and I think, academically speaking, I’ve been able to learn everything I could need to learn by choosing to come here.
Elijah-Pharoah Carter
Elijah-Pharoah Carter
Cyber Security major

I’ve always had a love of computers, and after I began to research the degree offerings at Austin Peay, it just made me sure that this was the place I needed to be.
Perry Scanlan
Perry Scanlan
Professor of Allied Health Sciences

I love being part of a dynamic and diverse university environment that takes students from all backgrounds and helps them achieve their goals.
Joshua Allen
Joshua Allen
Physics major

I had this fear that students from bigger schools would be ahead of me, but what I quickly realized was that we were covering things I had already learned because I had been prepared by Austin Peay.
Waqas Ahmed
Waqas Ahmed
Biology/Pre-Med major

I think every kid thinks about going away for college, but when I visited Austin Peay, I fell in love with this place and its opportunities.
Jane Semler
Jane Semler
Professor of Allied Health Sciences

I enjoy getting to know my students and helping them to discover both their strengths and weaknesses. It is rewarding to help an individual improve and overcome challenges.
Alexis Hill
Alexis Hill
Biology major

Austin Peay has treated me way better than I ever thought it could have, and if I had to do it all over again, I’d still choose to go to this University.
Austin Peay alumna finalist for Nashville environment, sustainability award
Austin Peay alumna finalist for Nashville environment, sustainability award

An Austin Peay State University alumna, Angel Fowler, has been selected as a finalist in the 2020 Nashville Emerging Leader Awards (NELA) in the Environment and Sustainability category.

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Paper about chemistry lab escape game earns publication in Journal of Chemical Education
Paper about chemistry lab escape game earns publication in Journal of Chemical Education

Austin Peay team's paper about using an escape game-style lab experience to help chemistry students learn to solve "a real, complex and multistep problem" earns publication in the Journal of Chemical Education.

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Austin Peay adds girls-preferred options to its Google-backed summer coding camps
Austin Peay adds girls-preferred options to its Google-backed summer coding camps

Austin Peay State University hosted a girls-preferred coding camp this summer to give girls or young women a space to feel more comfortable in an often boy-dominated experience.

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Biology major Lavelle wins judo bronze for Team USA in Brazil

While training six days a week, the Clarksville native is a full-time student

You need only a few minutes with Brinna Lavelle to know why she’s a world-class judo athlete who represented Team USA and Austin Peay State University in Brazil in July 2018. 

Her attitude might be more powerful than her hip throws.

"I've realized this is what life is about, I have to put in the work and push myself.”