The College of Science (CoS) at King Khalid University was established in 17–01–1976 as a branch of the College of Education at King Saud University in Abha. The establishment was based on the recommendation of the Supreme Committee for Education Policy in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia under the chairmanship of HRH Crown Prince. At that time, College of Education was established with two departments, namely, Scientific Studies and Humanity Studies. The Department of Scientific Studies, the core of the current College of Science, offered two programs, namely, Bachelor of Education in Biology and Bachelor of Education in Physics. The first graduation batch of these two programs was in 1980. In 1977, two more programs were offered by the College of Education, namely, Bachelor of Education in Chemistry and Bachelor of Education in Mathematics. The first graduation batch of Chemistry and Mathematics programs was in 1981. Thereafter, these four academic programs had been managed by four departments under the College of Education.
After the establishment of the KKU, the College of Science, as part of the new academic structure, includes four departments, namely, Biology, Chemistry, Mathematics, and Physics.
The Department of Mathematics (DoM) offers multiple major track full time programs:
The BSc in Mathematics (BScM), a developed BSc in Mathematics (waiting university approval), a MSc in Mathematics, a MSc by courses in Mathematics, an executive MSc in Financial Mathematics (waiting university approval), and an executive MSc in Applied Statistics and Data Science (waiting university approval).
The duration of BSc programs is four years, divided into eight levels (semesters), while the duration of MSc programs is two years, divided into four levels.
The BScM program has been established in 14-036-1420. Its mission is Graduating well-qualified individuals, who use mathematical critical thinking to face complex issues,
analyze, and adapt to new situations, solve problems of various kinds, and communicate their thinking effectively to serve society. This mission has been updated many times. The last one was in 08/07/1439, after DoM has conducted stakeholder’s opinions surveys the year before.
Until now, many students have been graduated from the program. Some already came back with a PhD. To work within the Department.
Focus of BScM is primarily on teaching-learning. The curriculum contains courses of basic mathematics, general courses, specific courses of mathematics stream including foundation courses for all major tracks (analysis, algebra, applied mathematics and statistics and probability) to enable students move ahead in their areas of interest after graduation.
Major stakeholders of BScM include the students, faculty, and alumni. Advisory board is the apex body, which gives directions and pathways for development. Directions of advisory board are discussed in the development and quality committee and presented in the department council and brought into actions by different committees consisting of a group of faculty members. Organization of the department is well structured, led by the Chairman (Head of the Department) and supported by different committees with defined scope of work