|Departments & Schools|
The Department of Astronomy’s mission is to advance the frontier of human knowledge and share it with future generations. It is home to the McDonald Observatory, one of the world’s leading centers for astronomical research, teaching and public education and outreach. Faculty have recently won six of the major awards given by the American Astronomical Society.
The School of Biological Sciences is the largest academic unit in the college, and is composed of four sections: Integrative Biology, Molecular Cell and Developmental Biology, Molecular Genetics and Microbiology, and Neurobiology. Graduate programs include the top-ten ranked Ecology, Evolution and Behavior program, as well as Plant Biology and Microbiology.
Chemistry and Biochemistry
The Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry is a center of excellence with a community of world-class scholars, scientists, teachers and students who are supported by stable funding and state-of-the-art facilities. It is recognized as one of the preeminent academic centers for research and education in chemistry and biochemistry in the country.
The Department of Computer Science is recognized as one of the top ten computer science programs in the country. It is credited with a strategic impact in Texas of about $8.7 billion per year. Its national and international award-winning faculty are recognized for their contributions to e-commerce, high-performance computing, automated debugging techniques, machine learning, online trading, robotics, numerical methods and other areas. Because of the ubiquity of computing, the department is engaged in research with many other departments on campus.
Faculty investigate the effects of biology, social relationships, economics, and other factors on the quality of life.The mission of the School of Human Ecology is to study the health and well being of individuals and families. The school is composed of two departments and one division: the Department of Human Development and Family Sciences, Department of Nutritional Sciences, and Division of Textiles and Apparel.
The Department of Marine Science is housed at the Marine Science Institute on the Gulf Coast in Port Aransas, Texas, and is often referred to as the university's "window to the sea." The department has world-renowned research programs in physiology, biochemistry and ecology of marine plants and animals, dynamics of marine ecosystems, biogeochemistry, mariculture, toxicology, and environmental monitoring. The institute is the oldest marine research station on the Texas Gulf Coast and offers both doctor's and master's degrees in marine science.
The Department of Mathematics is home to world-class faculty who have achieved a significant level of accomplishment in mathematics. Training for its math majors incorporates the principal ideas from the most significant research areas in the mathematical sciences. Faculty have interests in many areas including algebraic geometry, analysis, applied mathematics, partial differential equations, dynamical systems, number theory, mathematical physics, differential geometry, topology, financial mathematics and actuarial science.
The Department of Physics is an internationally recognized research institution that was recently ranked eleventh in the nation by the National Research Council. Areas of research cover atomic, molecular, and optical physics, biophysics, nonlinear dynamics, plasma physics, complex quantum systems, condensed matter physics, statistical mechanics, relativity, cosmology, and elementary particle physics. The faculty includes Nobel Laureate, Steven Weinberg, and many other award winners.
Statistics and Scientific Computation
The Division of Statistics + Scientific Computation equips students with knowledge and skills in this area of great importance to science, policy and society. It coordinates undergraduate and graduate courses in statistics and scientific computation across the university, and offers consulting to faculty and students from all departments at the university. The division also promotes collaboration between the varied statistical and computational communities across campus.