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College of Science and Mathematics

Our students have access to many programs that can help them to explore and achieve their academic and career goals. Regardless of your major or your destination, you will find something here that will help to get you there!


Programs for Aspiring Health Professionals 

Health Careers Opportunity Program (HCOP). (Open to all students)

The Health Careers Opportunity Program (HCOP) supports students that aspire to give back to their communities as doctors, dentists, pharmacists, physician assistants, optometrists, and other health care professionals. By providing a nurturing approach and a “home away from home,” students receive the guidance and support necessary to enroll in professional health graduate schools and pursue their journey as aspiring health professionals.


UCSF Fresno Academic Research Associates Program. (Open to all students)Offered in association with the UCSF Fresno Medical Education Program, the Academic Research Associates (ARA) Program offers premedical undergraduate students a unique opportunity to observe clinical medicine and participate in biomedical research. The program takes place within the Emergency and Surgery Departments at Community Regional Medical Center, and participants may join the program on a volunteer basis, or receive college credit at Fresno State as an elective course.

Programs for Aspiring Researchers

California State University Louis Stokes Alliance for Minority Participation (CSU-LSAMP) at Fresno State. (Open to students in specific STEM majors)

The CSU-LSAMP program supports students pursuing science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) baccalaureate degrees. The program provides LSAMP scholars with a range of activities including career advising, peer mentoring, and the opportunity to participate in research with a Fresno State faculty member.  LSAMP supports individuals who have faced or face social, educational, or economic barriers to careers in STEM.



Ronald E. McNair Post-Baccalaureate Achievement Program - (Open to Juniors and Seniors)

The Ronald E. McNair Post-Baccalaureate Achievement Program is an exciting effort designed to encourage low-income individuals who are first-generation college students and/or traditionally underrepresented in graduate education to pursue doctoral study.


Research Training Initiative for Scientific Enhancement Program (RISE) - (Open to students entering their Junior Year)

The Fresno State RISE Program supports research training for students who are interested in developing professional careers as biomedical and behavioral research scientists. This federally funded training program is designed to ensure that talented and motivated minority or disadvantaged students can obtain the background and skills that they need to enter and succeed in doctoral education.


Bridges to Doctorate Program - (Open to incoming Graduate Students)

The Bridges to Doctorate Program aims to enhance the participation of students from underrepresented groups in Ph.D. programs in the biomedical and behavioral natural sciences. To achieve this, the Bridge Program provides intensive research, coursework, and mentoring experiences.



Programs for Aspiring Science and Math Teachers

Early Field Experience. (Open to all students)

The Early Field Experience (EFE) program supports science and math undergraduate students who are planning to enter the teaching profession. This program provides students with an exciting opportunity to learn about the teaching profession and to explore options within the 7-12 grade levels and subject areas. Students are paired with a mentor teacher and assist them with lesson planning, classroom management, instruction, and more.


Mathematics Teaching Scholars. (Open to all new students)

The Mathematics Teaching Scholars Program supports future Mathematics teachers with four-year scholarships, paid teaching experiences in schools, opportunities to participate in math education conferences, research opportunities, and more. 


Noyce Scholarship – Growing Outstanding Teachers of Math (GOT Math). (Open to students entering their Junior Year)

The GOT Math program supports future Mathematics teachers with scholarship funds, teacher training activities, attendance at math teacher conferences, and summer research/internship opportunities at national research labs.



Department Honors Programs (Open to students entering their Junior Year)

Several of our departments offer Honors programs for qualified students, providing them with innovative, hands-on instruction and research experiences to prepare them for their careers. Honors programs are typically four semesters in duration and provide opportunities to work closely with faculty mentors, enhance key skills valued by employers, and develop professional networks.

Biology Honors Program

Chemistry Honors Program

Psychology Honors Program