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GREEN THUMB

In recent years, Nicholls biology students and faculty have spearheaded coastal restoration efforts including growing, harvesting and planting over 30,000 plants in coastal habitats.

College of Sciences & Technology

The College of Sciences and Technology offers university students programs of study that lead to associate, bachelor’s, and master’s degrees, as well as undergraduate pre-professional programs of study that prepare students for degrees at other institutions. In addition, the college provides general education coursework in the natural sciences for all university students. In addition to teaching excellence, our faculty are leaders in research and service, and we engage our students in these activities to help professionalize their skills and prepare them for life beyond graduation.

chemistry professor and students

“Nicholls to me has become my family away from home. I have made lifetime connections through Nicholls Cheer, other students in pre-med, through the Biology Society and through Delta Zeta sorority.”

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DEPARTMENTS and DEGREES AWARDED

BACHELOR OF SCIENCE DEGREES

At the Department of Biological Sciences you will have opportunities to explore the coastal waterways and swamps of Louisiana in a pirogue while learning how to use modern scientific equipment to explore the molecular mechanisms of cell biology!

Nicholls State University is an ideal place to learn chemistry with its outstanding faculty and modern facilities. Undergraduate students participate in research with faculty, co-author papers, and present research at conferences.

If you are curious about the connection between nutrition and health or would enjoy assisting people regain their health after an illness, then a career in the broad and dynamic field of dietetics might be for you.

Geomatics is the science of surveying and mapping. Geomatics professionals are land surveyors, construction surveyors, mappers and planners, the core of what is needed to rebuild New Orleans and coastal Louisiana. Students train on the latest state-of-the-art instruments and are instructed by highly qualified faculty.

The mission of the Health Sciences program is to prepare graduates for advanced educational and clinical practice options for healthcare professionals through teaching, research, and service. Health Sciences offers four concentrations: Health Sciences Pre-Professional, Health Sciences Pre-Athletic Training, Health Sciences Communicative Disorders, and Health Sciences Nutrition and Food Services

For 40 years, Nicholls State University has been educating upstream oil and gas professionals in the unique Petroleum Services and Safety Technology degree programs.  We pride ourselves in providing higher education opportunities to non-traditional working students in the oil and gas industry for the Gulf of Mexico (GoM) operations.

Mathematics

Our Department offers a Bachelor of Science degree in mathematics with concentrations in advanced mathematics, computer science, and secondary education. The core of the program consists in a variety of courses including linear programming, statistics, numerical analysis, and modern algebra.

Graduate Programs

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Master of Science in:

  • Community/Technical College Mathematics
  • Marine and Environmental Biology
  • Dietetic Internship

ASSOCIATE OF SCIENCE DEGREES

For students who do not follow the traditional route of pursuing a degree directly after high school, jobs in the Gulf Coast oil and gas industry are attractive options. The pay is good and employee demand is high. However, many workers find it hard to advance without a degree. The curriculum is designed to accommodate persons working seven on/seven off so that they may attend classes on their days off as full time students. The curriculum contains a blend of technical and supervisory courses to prepare a person for the more complex technical and middle management positions in the drilling and production operations as well as the highly technical service and supply segment.

The university awards the Associate of Science degree to the student who completes course work listed in Safety Technology. The curriculum is designed to accommodate persons working seven on/seven off so that they may attend classes on their days off as full time students. The curriculum contains a blend of technical and supervisory courses to prepare a person for the more complex technical and middle management positions in the drilling and production operations as well as the highly technical service and supply segment.

FACULTY SPOTLIGHT

“Nicholls accommodates professors with high research output, and Nicholls always encourages the scholarly work of its professors.”

Dr. Raj Boopathy is an Alcee Fortier Distinguished Service Professor of biological sciences at the Nicholls State University, USA.  He received the Jerry Ledet Foundation Endowed Professorship in Environmental Biology in 2002 and John Brady Endowed Professorship in 2012.

Dr. Ramaraj Boopathy

Alcee Fortier Distinguished Service Prof. & John Brady Sr. & John Brady Jr. Endowed Professor

dr. ramaraj boopathy

NEWS & EVENTS

ACCREDITATION

The Dietetics program and the Graduate Certificate in Dietetics is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Education in Nutrition and Dietetics.

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The degree program in Chemistry is approved by the American Chemical Society Committee on Professional Training.

The Petroleum Services program is accredited by the Association of Technology, Management, and Applied Engineering.

The Geomatics program is accredited by the American Board for Engineering and Technology.

STUDENT ORGANIZATIONS

Get involved in student organizations offered within our departments:

  • Agriculture Club
  • American Association of Drilling Engineers Society – CONTACT
  • American Society of Safety Engineers
  • Association for Computing Machinery
  • Biology Society – CONTACT
  • Chemical Sciences Society
  • Pi Mu Epsilon (honorary — math)
  • Pre-Professional Medical Association
  • Louisiana Society of Professional Surveyors, student chapter
  • Nicholls Engineering Technology Society
  • Society of Automotive Engineers student chapter
  • Student Dietetic Association – CONTACT
  • Kappa Omicron Nu (Allied Health Sciences Honor Society) – CONTACT
  • Nicholls Association for Speech Language Pathology – CONTACT
  • The Allied Health Club – FACEBOOK
  • Upsilon Pi Epsilon (honorary — computer science)

ABOUT THE COLLEGE

We’re here to help you shape your future!

The College of Sciences and Technology is dedicated to guiding its students to a successful academic experience and future career opportunities.

  • Get to know your academic adviser well. Your adviser is the source of important information crucial for your academic success.
  • Set specific and realistic goals and share them with your adviser.
  • Visit your adviser at least three or four times each semester.
  • Do not drop or add courses without talking to your adviser.
  • Familiarize yourself with the sections of the University Catalog related to your major/minor.
  • Develop a tentative four-year degree plan with your adviser.

The College of Sciences and Technology offers university students programs of study that lead to associate, bachelor’s, and master’s degrees, as well as undergraduate pre-professional programs of study that prepare students for degrees at other institutions.  In addition, the college provides general education coursework in the natural sciences for all university students.  In addition to teaching excellence, our faculty are leaders in research and service, and we engage our students in these activities to help professionalize their skills and prepare them for life beyond graduation.  We uphold accreditation standards for each program in the College that can be accredited by a national organization, including the American Chemical Society, the Accreditation Board for Engineering and Technology, the Accreditation Council for Education in Nutrition and Dietetics, and the Association of Technology, Management, and Applied Engineering.

Vision

A citizenry with understanding and appreciation of sciences and technology, continuously improving society and the world through evidence-based, critically conceived decisions.

Mission

The College of Sciences and Technology provides university students with exceptional learning experiences that cultivate deep thinking, innovation, discovery, life-long learning, and preparation for professional life.  Our faculty and students work together to increase knowledge in sciences and technology in support of progress in the Bayou Region and the continuous improvement of society and world.

Values

In support of the values of the university, the College of Sciences and Technology seeks to impact each student by making a positive difference in their lives through these values of our own practice.

Quality.  We provide outstanding teaching and advising with utmost fairness to and respect for our students.

A Will to Excel.  We value our students and faculty, encourage their development, recognize their achievement, and reward their performance in the holistic effort to provide excellence in university education.

Integrity.  We uphold the highest standards of integrity in professional relationships, collaborations, and the practices of science.

Applied learning: We provide our students with high impact learning experiences that complement theoretical concepts learned in the classroom.

Collaboration: We work together and across boundaries, establishing relationships across and beyond campus, for the enhancement of student learning, professionalization of their skills, and improvement of our communities.

Sustainability: We promote sustainability practices that protect and conserve bayouland and world environments as well as our future.

Discovery: We ask critical questions, challenge assumptions, conduct relevant and forward-thinking research, and help establish how research is utilized in evidence-based practices.

Respect. We work to provide an environment that supports inclusion, equity, and diversity in all relationships and university business.

Goals

The fundamental goals of the College of Sciences and Technology are:

  • To provide university students with outstanding learning opportunities in the science and technology disciplines.
  • To challenge students majoring in a college degree program with comprehensive understanding in their major field of study.
  • To provide a supportive learning and advising environment for students that promotes development of their talents and creativity, drives them to earning a degree, and prepares them for the professional world.
  • To provide a workplace that supports outstanding teaching, research, and services to students, the university, and our communities.

Dr. John Doucet

Dean of the College of Sciences and Technology

149 Beauregard Hall
Phone: 985.448.4385
E-mail: john.doucet@nicholls.edu

Dr. Brigett Scott

Associate Dean of the College of Sciences and Technology

111 Gouaux Hall
Phone: 985.449.7124
E-mail: brigett.scott@nicholls.edu

 

 

Dr. Gary LeFleur

Assistant Dean of the College of Sciences and Technology

223 Gouaux Hall
Phone: 985.448.4715/4437
E-mail: gary.lafleur@nicholls.edu

Chastity Ricouard

Administrative Assistant 4

149 Beauregard Hall
Phone: 985.448.4386
E-mail: chastity.ricouard@nicholls.edu

Tammy Boudreaux

Administrative Assistant Coordinator 3

149 Beauregard Hall
Phone: 985.448.4387
E-mail: tammy.boudreaux@nicholls.edu

THE AGNES AND NOAH SOLAR ENDOWED SCHOLARSHIP IN MATHEMATICS, COMPUTER INFORMATION SYSTEMS OR CULINARY ARTS is awarded to a full-time student enrolled at Nicholls State University.  The applicant must have a declared major in Mathematics, Computer Information Systems, or Culinary Arts. The recipient will be a graduate of any high school or home-schooled program, but preference will be given to graduates from Morgan City, Louisiana. The recipient must have attained at least sophomore standing with hours toward his or her major.  The applicant must have a minimum grade point average of 3.0.  The recipient must demonstrate the need for financial assistance or qualify for a federal Pell Grant.  Preference will be given to a female student in one of the aforementioned majors.  The scholarship will be awarded for one year at a value of $250 per semester.  This scholarship will be advertised when available.

CASEY GALLOWAY ENDOWED MEMORIAL SCHOLARSHIP IN BIOLOGY is awarded to a graduate of Berwick High School who demonstrates strong academic and leadership achievements and plans to major in Biology. The recipient must be enrolled as full-time student (12 or more hours of credit courses).  This scholarship will be advertised when available.

THE DR. COLETTE LEISTNER MEMORIAL ENDOWED SCHOLARSHIP IN DIETETICS is awarded to a full-time student at Nicholls State University who is majoring in Dietetics.  The recipient will be classified as a senior in the DPD program.  The recipient must have and maintain a 2.75 GPA.  The scholarship will be awarded to students who can demonstrate commitment to the Nicholls community.  A co-curricular form is required.  Contact the Dietetics Department for more information.

THE KERRY ST. PE’ BTNEP ENDOWED SCHOLARSHIP IN MARINE BIOLOGY is awarded to a full-time student enrolled in the Marine Biology Program at Nicholls State University.  Any applicant must have reached at least sophomore standing and have maintained at least a 3.0 GPA.  Graduate students are eligible to apply.  First consideration will be given to a resident of one of the 13 parishes that make up the Barataria-Terrebonne National Estuary:  Terrebonne, Lafourche, Plaquemines, Jefferson, St. Charles, St. Mary, St. John the Baptist, St. James, Assumption, Ascension, Iberville, West Baton Rouge, Orleans, St. Martin, Iberia, and Pointe Coupe.  If no student from the aforementioned parishes qualifies, a student from another parish in Louisiana may be considered.  The recipient may retain the scholarship for a maximum of six consecutive semesters, provided the student maintains a 3.0 GPA and remains enrolled in the Marine Biology Program.  The scholarship will be advertised when available.

THE La. GARDEN CLUB FEDERATION DISTRICT III KEVIN and ASHLEY RUSSO SCHOLARSHIP is awarded to a full-time (12 or more hours) student majoring in Biology, with a concentration in Environmental Biology, at Nicholls State University. The applicant must have attained sophomore, junior or senior standing and must have a 3.0 GPA or higher.  The scholarship is valued at $500 per semester and will be awarded for one year.  To receive the scholarship for the second semester, the student must earn at least a 3.0 GPA and at least 12 hours.  The scholarship will be advertised when available.

LOUISIANA SHRIMP ASSOCIATION ENDOWED SCHOLARSHIP IN MARINE BIOLOGY is awarded to a resident of Louisiana. Preference will first be given to students whose family members are involved in the shrimp industry and secondly to those living in the eight-parish region served by Nicholls State University. The recipient must be TOPS qualified, have at least a 3.00 GPA, and majoring in Biology with a concentration in Marine Biology.  The scholarship will be advertised when available.

LOUISIANA SOCIETY OF PROFESSIONAL SURVEYORS EDUCATION FOUNDATION SCHOLARSHIP is awarded to a full-time freshman majoring in Geomatics and must maintain a 3.00 or above overall GPA.  The scholarship will be advertised when available.

THE MICHAEL C. AND CHRISTINE P. BOURGEOIS #1 ENDOWED 1ST GENERATION SCHOLARSHIP is awarded to a full-time student enrolled at Nicholls State University.  The recipient must be a U.S. citizen.  Each recipient will be a resident and registered voter of Ward 6 in Lafourche Parish and have graduated from E.D. White Catholic High School, Houma Christian School, or Thibodaux High School.  If a recipient has not reached age 18 yet, he or she must register to vote at age 18 in order to remain eligible to retain the scholarship for future semesters.  Students who meet all other criteria but were home schooled or passed the GED are also eligible to apply.  The recipient must have at least a 2.8 GPA.  The recipient must be awarded the federal Pell Grant. The recipient will be a first generation college student; neither the parents nor legal guardians will have earned a college degree. Each recipient will be enrolled in either in the College of Nursing, the College of Education and Behavioral Sciences, the College of Liberal Arts, or the College of Sciences and Technology.  Each recipient will be eligible to receive the award for a maximum of eight semesters provided they maintain a 2.8 GPA while earning at least 12 hours each semester.  The recipient must also remain Pell Grant eligible.  Special consideration will be given to the applicant’s character, leadership and participation in professional or charitable organizations, as well as to honorably discharged members of the United States Army, Navy, Marines, Air Force or Coast Guard.  Student must turn in a copy of their voter registration card.  The scholarship will be advertised when available.

THE NEW ORLEANS SAINTS’ SPORTS MEDICINE SCHOLARSHIP is awarded to a full-time student majoring in a sports medicine related program (i.e., Health Sciences: Pre-Athletic Training Concentration) in the College of Sciences and Technology.  The recipient will be classified as either a junior or senior and have earned at least a 2.50 cumulative GPA at the time of application.  The recipient shall hold the scholarship for two consecutive semesters (one academic year), provided all of the above criteria are met.  The scholarship will be advertised when available.

THE NORMAN SWANNER MEMORIAL SCHOLARSHIP IN ALLIED HEALTH is awarded to a full-time student in the College of Sciences and Technology majoring in a program of study within the Department of Allied Health Sciences. The recipient will be classified as either a sophomore or junior and will have earned a 2.50 GPA at the time of the award. The recipient shall hold the scholarship for two consecutive semesters, providing all of the above criteria is met. Primary consideration must go to a resident of Lafourche Parish. Should there not be a qualified applicant from Lafourche Parish, the scholarship may be awarded to any other student who meets the criteria.  The scholarship will be advertised when available.

R.H. DICKIE AND CHARLENE BARKER EXCELLENCE IN MARINE AND ENVIRONMENTAL BIOLOGY ENDOWED SCHOLARSHIP. The recipient must be a full-time graduate student who is majoring in Marine and Environmental Biology. The recipient must also be a resident of either Lafourche or Terrebonne parishes. The scholarship is valid for two years provided he or she meets all the above criteria and maintains a 3.0 overall GPA.  The scholarship will be advertised when available.

STUART A. LIRETTE, Sr. MEMORIAL SCHOLARSHIP FUND IN ENVIRONMENTAL QUALITY STUDIES. The applicant must be TOPS qualified, must be a biology major with a concentration on Environmental Biology. The recipient must be a full-time student and maintain an overall 2.5 GPA.  The scholarship will be advertised when available.

THEODORE L. “TEDDY” DUHE ENDOWED SCHOLARSHIP IN ALLIED HEALTH SCIENCES is awarded to a student enrolled full-time (12 or more hours) at Nicholls State University. The student must have a declared major in any of the Allied Health Sciences programs (Athletic Training, Communicative Disorders, Dietetics, Health Science Professional Practice, and Health Science Supervision and Management). The recipient must have a 3.25 GPA. If the student is an entering freshman, he/she will be TOPS qualified.  Financial need must be demonstrated.  The scholarship will be advertised when available.

THE WESLEY FRANK POSKEY, JR ENDOWED SCHOLARSHIP is awarded to a full-time non-traditional student enrolled in the Petroleum Engineering Technology and Safety Management program at Nicholls State University seeking a Bachelor of Science degree. The applicant must be a resident of Louisiana and a citizen of the U.S. The applicant must be at least 30 years of age at the time of application. The applicant must have at least a 2.5 GPA and be enrolled in at least 12 hours.  The scholarship is valued at $500 per semester for two semesters.  The recipient must not be receiving a federal Pell Grant.  The applicant must have work experience in the oil and gas industry.  The scholarship will be advertised when available.

FUGRO CHANCE INC., EXCELLENCE IN GEOMATICS SCHOLARSHIP Two $1000 annual awards are awarded to qualifying incoming freshman, sophomore, junior and senior students majoring in Geomatics. Preference will be given to a current or former employee or intern of Fugro Chance, and the recipient must agree to work as a paid intern for a Fugro company the following summer. The recipient must be a full-time student and maintain a 2.75 or above overall GPA.

LOUISIANA SOCIETY OF PROFESSIONAL SURVEYORS EDUCATION FOUNDATION SCHOLARSHIP ($1000) is awarded to a full-time freshman majoring in Geomatics, and the recipient must maintain a 3.00 or above overall GPA.

T BAKER SMITH SCHOLARSHIP is awarded to a full-time student enrolled in Geomatics. Recipient must have a minimum overall grade point average of 2.75. Each scholarship is valued at $2500 per semester.

THE C.L. JACK STELLY AND ASSOCIATES EXCELLENCE IN GEOMATICS SCHOLARSHIP is restricted to a student from Louisiana studying Geomatics, and preference will be given to a student who has completed a similar two-year program at one of the Louisiana Technical College campuses in the state. Preference is also given to a student who will be of junior standing, but entering freshmen may also apply. The recipients must be a full-time student and maintain a 2.75 or above overall GPA. The annual award amount is $2,500.

JULES ORESTE CHUSTZ MEMORIAL ENDOWED SCHOLARSHIP FOR GEOMATICS This endowed scholarship will fund ten to twelve new $1,000 annual awards. We plan to distribute it equally among freshmen, sophomore, junior, and senior years. The criteria will be set by the Geomatics faculty every academic year.

mph INC., EXCELLENCE IN GEOMATICS SCHOLARSHIP Two $1000 annual awards are awarded to qualifying incoming freshman who are maintaining a 3.0 or above overall GPA. One $1000 annual award is awarded to qualifying minority (preference will be given to women). Two $1000 annual awards for existing Geomatics majors in good academic standing.

CONTRACTOR’S EDUCATIONAL TRUST FUND ENDOWED SCHOLARSHIP

I am pleased to welcome you as a virtual visitor to the College of Sciences and Technology at Nicholls State University.

The College of Sciences and Technology, with about 75 full-time faculty in 6 academic departments.

Our faculty provides a liberal education in diverse areas of study to students pursuing one of our associate, baccalaureate and master’s degree programs and to students of other majors completing the university’s general education course requirements.

Our students are part of a vibrant learning environment that provides openness, debate and mutual respect for different points of view. Students, faculty and staff work collaboratively through programs, activities and experiences that are guided by the unifying principles of learning, discovery and service.

Thank you for visiting our Web site, and I personally invite and encourage you to e-mail me at john.doucet@nicholls.edu or call 985.448.4385 if you have any questions, comments and/or concerns.

Dr. John Doucet
Dean

CONTACT INFORMATION

Office Location:
149 Beauregard
Mailing Address:
P.O. Box 2020
Thibodaux, LA 70310
Phone: 985.448.4388
Fax: 985.448.4927

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