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CISGS - Mission

To make a real-world difference in the lives of MSU students and future generations, by fostering Scientific Literacy among our undergraduate students and educators of tomorrow




 CISGS will provide the highest quality inclusive instruction, fostering Scientific Literacy, increasing our students’ curiosity for the natural world, enhancing their capacities for critical thinking and evidence-based argumentation, and instill in them a recognition of the value and importance of science in society.  CISGS will leverage collaborative partnerships across campus to ensure the delivery of an innovative and cohesive curriculum providing knowledge and transferable skills that benefit students in their majors, their careers, and their lives beyond MSU.      




  • Community

Success and excellence are far more attainable when people recognize that they are valued members of a safe and supportive community.  This is true for students, faculty, and staff.  We are committed to supporting the academic, professional, and personal needs of every member of our community.  


  • Leadership

In the face of an ever-evolving institutional landscape, proactive innovations are essential in support of our learning community.  We are committed to providing campus-wide leadership to enhance the undergraduate experience and general education.


  • Collaboration

We believe that the delivery of a world-class undergraduate education is enhanced by and requires deliberate and thoughtful collaborative partnerships with diverse stakeholders across the institution.  Collaborative partnerships enhance faculty and student success. 


  • Diversity

We are committed to actively supporting a diverse learning community, for both our students and our teaching faculty.  We seek to create welcoming and inclusive learning environments that respect and affirms diverse backgrounds, experiences, and rich perspectives. 





MSU Students will . . .

  • Describe and communicate scientific principles and ideas in the biological and physical sciences, and explain the origins of major scientific achievements and theories.


  • Discriminate between ideas that do and do not constitute subjects of scientific investigation, give examples of how scientific understanding constantly evolves, and apply scientific approaches to solving problems and reflect about the natural world.


  • Practice critical thinking to evaluate the credibility of information that is presented as being scientific.


  • Practice scientific thinking and evidence-based decision making, applying these skills to societally significant questions and challenges.


  • Value the efforts of biological and physical scientists as they continue to address practical needs and continue research into matters of fundamental and lasting importance.