Gonfalons are banners carried during graduation ceremonies to symbolize the different academic areas within the university. The colors on the background of the gonfalon correspond with the disciplines associated with each college or school. The symbols within the seal represent the programs within each college.
The seal and background colors of the College of Science and Mathematics are displayed on a red banner, the official color of Austin Peay State University. The seal is placed over a background of gold, yellow, and sage green stripes representing the graduation colors (hood colors) of the college’s major degrees.
The seal consists of four main divisions: an electron cloud, a pi symbol, a beaker, and the earth. The electron cloud represents the atom and its basic fundamental properties relating to physics, astronomy, chemistry, and radiologic technology. Pi is a universal symbol that represents mathematics and its unity in the sciences. The beaker is a classic symbol of science representing not only chemistry but also the fields of biology and medical technology. Each of these fields involves the study of nature, the human body, and their chemical properties. The earth plays a vital role in all science and represents the geosciences and agriculture’s relationship to the earth. The sheaves of wheat represent crops and agriculture. The ribbon contains binary code representing computer science and information technology, crossed hammers for geosciences, and DNA--the basic building block of all life sciences.