Department of Molecular and Cell Biology

School of Natural Sciences and Mathematics

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School, Departments See Enrollment Jump in '04

RICHARDSON, Texas (Feb. 2, 2005) -- The School of Natural Sciences and Mathematics saw a surge in enrollment in Fall 2004 when compared to figures from Fall 2003. The school’s six departments added 221 students.

Leading the charge was the Department of Molecular and Cell Biology, which netted an additional 149 students in 2004 for a 17 percent gain.

The expansion “reflects our success in advising and teaching while presenting challenges for continuing improvements to our programs,” said Donald Gray, Ph.D., head of the department.

Student body growth by department

Enrollment chart

“The excellent education that we will provide these students should enable them to have an impact in the future, both locally and across the state,” he said.

The Science and Math Education Department grew a phenomenal 64 percent. The smallest department within Natural Sciences and Mathematics saw its student body rise to 69 students in 2004 from 42 students in 2003. According to Lawrence Redlinger, Ph.D., executive director of the Office of Strategic Planning and Analysis, the increase was related to No Child Left Behind, the federal program aimed at improving the number and quality of teachers.

The Physics student body grew 12 percent, Chemistry’s increased by11 percent and Mathematical Sciences gained 5 percent.

Geosciences was the only department not to experience an increase in enrollment. It maintained the same number of students – 93 – from Fall 2003 to Fall 2004.

  • Updated: February 6, 2006