The College of Natural Sciences (CNS) prepares students for careers in the sciences, medicine, industry, and agriculture, and entry into graduate and professional schools.

CNS offers more than 30 BS and BA programs ranging from astrophysics to wildlife conservation, from renewable energy to clinical psychology. CNS undergraduates take advantage of a range of inquiry-based classroom and laboratory experiences, hands-on research opportunities, multidisciplinary education and research initiatives, and a variety of academically oriented student organizations. CNS undergraduates are outstanding students: They regularly win national Goldwater and Fulbright scholarships, more than a third make the Dean’s List, and about a third are also members of the Commonwealth Honors College.


Response to the Coronavirus

The College of Natural Sciences (CNS) is committed to providing our students personalized academic guidance throughout their college career and we are OPEN for business!

The CNS advisors and deans are available for in-person or virtual appointments.  Virtual and in-person CNS advising appointments can be made using Navigate.  For virtual appointments, your appointment confirmation you receive will include a link to open a Zoom meeting at the time of your appointment. If you are not a currently active student, please call the CNS Advising Center at 413-545-1969 to request an appointment.  We will respond to telephone messages as soon as we can and will schedule an advising appointment for you. Our deans, Elizabeth Connor (, Brenda Barlow (, and Leo Hwang ( and advisors are also always available by email.  Find your advisor contact information on your SPIRE Student Center page and additional advisor information on the CNS Advising webpage.