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Sciences and Mathematics

Dr. Jack Waber
Professor of Biology
Dean, College of the Sciences and Mathematics (Interim)

Phone: 610-436-3521

Dr. Jack Waber

Jack Waber, Ph.D. , Dean, College of the Sciences and Mathematics (Interim)

Dr. Waber received his B.A. in Biology from Hope College in 1969, and his Ph.D. in Botanical Studies from the University of Hawaii in 1973. He came to West Chester in 1976 following two years of post-doctoral study on a NASA fellowship at the University of California-Davis. Professor Waber has served the University as Interim Dean of Graduate Studies and Sponsored Research (2 years) and for the past 12 years as Chair of Biology. For the past 40 years, he has been a hardworking, dedicated servant of the University and looks forward to the challenge of being the first Dean of the new College of the Sciences and Mathematics.

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Mission Statement

The College of the Sciences and Mathematics serves the students of West Chester University by creating and delivering innovative programs and curricula in the natural, mathematical, and social sciences. The faculty and staff of the College commit to providing superb classroom instruction and laboratory experiences for our students that prepare them for success. We do this by:

  • Teaching basic scientific and mathematical principles to all West Chester undergraduates to assist them in becoming informed citizens.
  • Providing comprehensive undergraduate educational programs for future scientists, health care professionals, science educators, and those working in the public and private sectors.
  • Engaging in basic and applied research that advances the frontiers of scientific and technical knowledge that preserves and advances the environment, as well as improving the economic and civic welfare of the citizens of Pennsylvania and the nation.

We are also firmly committed to the belief that teaching and research are intimately linked. Therefore, we actively encourage and support student engagement with research opportunities within our departments or in off-campus internships. Through this approach we endeavor to create diverse, scientifically literate and technically competent graduates who are well prepared for the workforce or continued education. We further strive to engage our faculty, alumni and friends in mutually beneficial relationships in support of teaching, research and community service. In seeking to fulfill this mission the College of the Sciences and Mathematics fosters openness, flexibility, respect and a sense of community among all students, faculty, staff and administrators.


Scholarships are critical to the university's ability to attract talented students and ensure access to those with financial need. In fact, nearly two thirds of WCU's students depend on financial aid to help them achieve their educational dreams.

As a result, the university is grateful to generous donors who provide scholarship funds and endowments that make student success possible. Last year, over 400 merit and need-based scholarships created and maintained through private donations generated more than $750,000 of student financial aid.

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