College of Social Sciences
Both Faculty Teaching and Research Involve Science and Technology
At College of Social Sciences at Fresno State, we examine human experience in society, in a wide spectrum of historical depth, geographic regions and diversity of subject matters. Being a College Social Sciences, the key word of Science has been at the center of our academic endeavor, in both teaching and research. This scientific element of our College includes, but not limited to, the following areas related to STEM:
Dr. Segun Ogunjemiyo, chair of the Department of Geography, conducts research in applied meteorology, remote sensing and climatology with emphasis on climate change, air quality, and biosphere-atmosphere interactions, especially as it relates to transport of ozone, particulate matters, carbon dioxide, heat, water vapor and other trace gases in the lower atmosphere. His research goals are to provide solutions to the environmental and agricultural problems in California Central Valley, and his research methodological techniques embrace laboratory and field investigations that are integrated with airborne or satellite derived surface biophysical attributes to establish ecosystem models for scaling up micro-scale processes to regional level. This field of interest lies at the crossroads of a number of interdisciplinary topics within the biological and earth sciences, providing for interesting collaboration with colleagues from a variety of scientific disciplines. His current air quality study, funded by the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA), is intended to increase our current understanding of the roles of farm operations on air quality in the Central Valley and is expected to generate data which can be used to improve air quality forecast models for the region.
Courses in the Department of Geography include those that focus on GIS and other mapping technologies in the area of climate control and weather forecasting.
In the Department of Criminology, the majority of classes discuss social science research and its application to policy and practice within the criminal justice system, including two major sources of quantitative data in our field (e.g., National Crime Victimization Survey and the Uniform Crime Reports). Faculty explains the science behind sampling, generalizability, causal relationships between variables, and theory development. In addition, as appropriate, faculty discusses the ways in which scientists are discovering new drugs that are being used to understand and manage addiction in criminal populations. Students learn how to conduct social science research and use scientific techniques and technology for crime scene analysis. In CRIM 113: Forensic Science, students use both science and technology to study alcohol and driving, controlled substances, firearms/toolmarks, trace evidence, arson/fire investigation, biological fluids/DNA, latent prints, digital evidence, crime scene analysis, and photography. Students are taught the scientific approach and thought process behind testing the various types of evidence that may be collected at a crime scene and why it is important for the case, how evidence is collected, packaged, and stored, as well as the equipment/technology that is used to document the scene and evidence. Cases (based on real life cases) are used in the classroom to explore the evidence, science, technology and mathematics used in the field of Forensic Science.
Similar to the Department of Criminology, Department of Sociology and Anthropology also have faculty and students doing research in the field of Science, such as national and regional social survey using sophisticated statistical analytical tools, and forensic anthropology techniques.
Dean Michelle DenBeste