Ogden College of Science and Engineering encompasses the applied and basic sciences, offering a broad range of degree programs in agriculture, biology, chemistry, computer science, construction management, engineering, geography, geology, architectural design, manufacturing sciences, mathematics, meteorology, and physics and astronomy. Ogden College also offers a cooperative doctoral program in chemistry with the University of Louisville.
In collaboration with the College of Education, Ogden offers the SKyTeach Program for those interested in teaching science and math at middle or high school levels. This program is a replication of a nationally recognized program in teacher preparation developed at the University of Texas at Austin. WKU received $2.4 M in funding from Exxon/Mobil through the National Mathematics and Science Initiative to develop the SKyTeach program at WKU.
Ogden College of Science and Engineering is recognized by the high quality and success of its students and graduates that result from personal attention to student professional development through engagement with faculty in projects that expand on classroom instruction. The College’s mission is to create an academic environment of rigor and achievement, to cultivate a community of scholars, and to enhance interconnections among the disciplines.
Ogden College is located on the campus of an earlier education institution established in Bowling Green in 1877 as a provision in the will of Major Robert W. Ogden. The original Ogden College closed, and its properties were leased to WKU in 1928. The name Ogden reappeared when the Ogden College of Science and Technology was established within Western Kentucky University in 1965.
Those interested in more detailed information regarding programs offered by departments of the College should follow the links listed under departments or email the dean of Ogden College of Science and Engineering directly.
Since 1993, students and faculty at WKU have benefited from its membership in Oak Ridge Associated Universities (ORAU). ORAU is a consortium of 98 colleges and universities and a contractor for the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) located in Oak Ridge, Tennessee. ORAU works with its member institutions to help their students and faculty gain access to federal research facilities throughout the country; to keep its members informed about opportunities for fellowships, scholarships, and research appointments; and to organize research alliances among its members.
Through the Oak Ridge Institute for Science and Education (ORISE), the DOE facility that ORAU operates, our undergraduates, graduates, postgraduates, as well as our faculty enjoy access to a multitude of opportunities for study and research. Students can participate in programs covering a wide variety of disciplines including business, earth sciences, epidemiology, engineering, physics, geological sciences, pharmacology, ocean sciences, biomedical sciences, nuclear chemistry, and mathematics. Appointment and program length ranges from one month to four years. Many of these programs are especially designed to increase the numbers of underrepresented minority students pursuing degrees in science and engineering related disciplines.