The Faculty of Natural and Applied Sciences was officially licensed to begin its programs offerings and academic role in 1987 with two main departments; mathematics and computer science. As of 1991, the FNAS officially began to offer a freshman science program, which is equivalent to the official Lebanese Baccalaureate Part II, scientific option, and two undergraduate programs in mathematics and computer science at the level of the Bachelor of Science (BS) degree. Currently, the FNAS consists of four departments; mathematics and statistics, computer science, sciences, and physics and astrophysics, and it offers BS degrees in mathematics, actuarial science, computer science, business computing, computer information systems and geographic information systems; and physics, chemistry, biology, and environmental sciences, along with some minors. The BS degree in Computer Science is fully accredited by the Computer Accreditation Commission (CAC) of ABET, the global accreditor of college and university programs in applied and natural science, computing, engineering and engineering technology. This accreditation applies to all NDU campuses and extends retroactively from October 1, 2016.
As of 1994, the FNAS began to offer a graduate program leading to the degree of the Master of Science (MS) in computer science, an MS degree in Mathematics (2001) was established, a joint MS degree in Astrophysics, with the Faculty of Sciences at Saint Joseph University (2010), MS in Biology (2012), MS in Financial Math (2012), and MS in Actuarial Sciences (2013).
These programs are taught, ran, and periodically evaluated and assessed by 46 qualified full-time faculty members (31 of them hold a Ph. D. or a doctorate degree) along with an excellent group of part-timers, which varies from one semester to another. The faculty members are also engaged in student advising, committee work, community services, and course and curricula development. They also organize and participate in seminars and workshops, national and international pedagogical and scientific conferences, and they serve on editorial research boards. And every year, the FNAS runs a series of public lectures; one lecture per month throughout the academic year. In addition, some of the FNAS faculty members are recipients of some Fulbright scholarships and grants for their research proposals.
Some of the alumni of the FNAS are now occupying key positions in their workplace whether in Lebanon, the Arabic Gulf States or abroad. While others have been accepted and enrolled in Ph.D. programs in reputable universities in USA, Canada, and Europe.
Finally, let me say that the FNAS will continue to strive to give its best to its students who will be the leaders of their country and the role model to their fellow citizens.
Dr. George M. Eid, Dean