About the School of Science

Mission

The mission of the School of Science is to help our students to see, to know and so, to act.

To see the invisible world through the lens of a microscope or telescope; to see in the extended laboratory of New York City and the problems, opportunities and rich culture of urban life; to see — with a global perspective — the world grown both smaller through communications and more complex through cultural differences; and to see their place and responsibilities in a world of conflicting moral and ethical claims: this is our mission.

To know by developing the faculty of critical thinking and clear writing and speaking; to know by acquiring the research techniques to find information rapidly and efficiently; to know in cooperation with teachers who pay individual attention to students; to know not only the network of the core curriculum with courses in humanities, natural science, behavioral and social science; and to know not only the how, but also the why: this is our mission.

And finally, to act, to do, to follow in a long line of Manhattan graduates who have made a difference in a wide variety of careers in the public as well as the private sector, and to bring into the world of the future a sense of integrity, honesty and values supported and strengthened at Manhattan College: this is our mission.

History

The School of Science has a proud history that traces itself back to the very beginning of the College in 1853. When Manhattan College was formally chartered in 1863, the branches of instruction included calculus, coordinate geometry, astronomy and chemistry. Of the first 21 faculty and administrators, seven were scientists or mathematicians. In 1915, the pre-medical course of study was begun. In 1937, the chemistry department was granted one of the first six student affiliate chapters of the American Chemical Society. In 1964, the physics department acquired the first nuclear reactor in New York City. In 1993, the School of Science was established as a separate entity from the School of Arts. But the School of Science has maintained its traditional ties with the School of Arts while striving to assure the continuation of Manhattan College’s tradition of excellence in science education. This tradition is reflected in the success of the College’s science graduates and the position of Manhattan among a select number of colleges that are recognized as important sources of the nation’s professional scientists.