CST Departments

The College of Science and Technology's six departments engage in extensive research and discovery through world-class faculty, talented students and advanced facilities. 

Department of Biology

The Department of Biology teaches approximately 1500 undergraduate majors, runs multiple graduate programs including a PhD program in biology with research emphases in computational evolutionary genomics (computational biology), ecology, neuroscience, and cell/molecular biology.

At its core, the department consists of research-active faculty dedicated to providing the best educational experiences for CST students while maintaining the highest levels of excellence in research, including developing new technologies for studying protein-protein interactions; novel therapeutics for the treatment of HIV infection; ecology of specialized deep-sea habitats; plant evolutionary ecology and more. 

Department of Chemistry

Chemistry offers a wide range of educational and research opportunities, from traditional disciplines in chemistry to cross-cutting interdisciplinary programs.

The department is one of the most dynamic chemistry programs in the nation, with external research funding increasing more than 450 percent over the past decade. Faculty and students conduct extensive research in both core and interdisciplinary chemistry, including synthetic chemistry, biochemistry, ultra-fast laser chemistry, spectroscopy and smart detectors. 

Department of Computer & Information Sciences

CIS is one of the oldest computer science departments in the country and is experiencing growth both in academic and research programs. Over the last seven years, the CIS annual research revenue has grown more than three times, and both the undergraduate and graduate student enrollment has more than doubled.

CIS faculty and students are heavily involved in research and scholarly activities, with department research undergoing an extraordinary expansion focused primarily in two research centers. The Center for Data Analytics and Biomedical Informatics focuses on data mining, machine learning, knowledge discovery, pattern recognition and computer vision. Research at the Center for Networked Computing involves solving challenging problems in computer networks and systems, and cyberspace security. 

Department of Earth & Environmental Science

The Department of Earth and Environmental Science is exploring the interactions between Earth systems and human activities. Our research and teaching delve into the interface of the geosphere and hydrosphere in both ancient and modern systems.

EES faculty, as well as undergarduate and graduate students, are actively engaged in research, presenting results at regional, national and international scientific symposia.  Current specialties within the department include coastal dynamics, environmental geophysics, hydrogeology and groundwater contamination; nanomaterials; paleontology-fossil provenance; and planetary and structural geology.

Department of Mathematics

The Department of Mathematics is home to a broad spectrum of theoretical and applied mathematical research by world-class faculty, and is strategically positioned to provide, strengthen and support mathematical education at all levels within the university.

Active research areas within the department include complex analysis, partial differential equations, low dimensional topology, geometric group theory, applied mathematics, noncommutative algebra, probability, number theory, differential geometry, algebraic quantization, algebraic invariant theory, scientific computing, harmonic analysis, mathematics of materials science, and mathematical biology. 

Department of Physics

Located in the Science Education and Research Center (SERC), Department of Physics offers exciting research opportunities in the fields of theoretical and experimental elementary particle physics, condensed matter physics, atomic, molecular and optical physics, and statistical mechanics.

The department's principal areas of research are theoretical and experimental elementary particle physics, condensed matter physics, atomic, molecular and optical physics, and statistical mechanics. Much of this research is conducted locally using excellent facilities within the department. Several research groups use outside laboratories such as the Stanford Linear Accelerator Center, Brookhaven National Laboratory, Thomas Jefferson National Accelerator Facility, and Los Alamos Meson Physics Facility.