As the Dean of the College of Natural and Social Sciences, I want to extend a warm welcome to our website. The college is the largest of all the academic units at the University of Nebraska – Kearney. We have twelve undergraduate departments, the health sciences program, and three departments offering masters degrees: Biology, History and Science Education. The majority of our students pursue their degrees on campus, but a growing number of both our undergraduate and graduate students are pursing their degrees in the on line environment. The departments of Biology and History have developed unique and well-subscribed masters programs that are taught on line. Each of these two programs attracts hundreds of students from around the world.
While graduate education is an important component of the college, the main focus of NSS is teaching undergraduates. Each department places a strong emphasis on undergraduate research within their discipline. Students from UNK travel to conferences and present their research to peers, graduate students and faculty from around the nation and around the world. Our students do not merely learn, they help to create knowledge and then tell others about what they have discovered. Our students communicate their findings to the world through a wide range of experiential learning activities - research and publication, creative projects, student teaching, internships and service-learning. Over 65% of our undergraduates participate in research activities outside of the classroom and 92% of our undergraduates are engaged in some type of experiential learning.
Our graduates go on to succeed in a broad variety of graduate schools and professional schools as well as pursue careers in business. The ultimate success of our students is the ultimate measure of our success as faculty members, a college and a university.
Please browse our college and department web-pages at your leisure. I hope that you will find some extraordinary faculty to work with who will excite your interest in a discipline and in the life of the mind. I also invite you to visit our campus. If you have time please do stop by 240 Copeland Hall, I would be happy to answer any and all questions that you have.
Dr.John La Duke, Dean | View Dr.John La Duke's Bio
Monday - Friday | 8AM - 5PM
The Dean's office (COPH 240) can be found on the second floor of Copeland Hall, located just outside the East stairwell.
Office of the Dean of Natural and Social Sciences
University of Nebraska - Kearney
204 Copeland Hall
2507 11th Ave
Kearney, NE 68849