Wiess School of Natural Sciences
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Biochemistry & Cell Biology
Mathematics
Earth Science
Ecology & Evolutionary Biology
Chemistry
Physics & Astronomy
Kinesiology

Departments in the School of Natural Sciences


ANNOUNCEMENT:  We are pleased to announce that on July 1st, 2014 the departments of Biochemistry & Cell Biology (BCB) and Ecology & Evolutionary Biology (EEB) merged to form the department of BioSciences. This merger unites faculty engaged in research and teaching in a wide range of disciplines within the life sciences, creating a vibrant and diverse community of scholars housed within a single department. The merger will have no impact on requirements for graduate or undergraduate degrees, and the majors will remain separate tracks.


BCB

Biochemistry & Cell Biology
Biochemistry and Cell Biology conducts exciting research in emerging bioscience fields, educates graduate and undergraduate students, and communicates advances in these fields to the scientific community and beyond. The department encompasses a broad research spectrum, from biochemistry and metabolic engineering to plant biology and signal transduction. This breadth of research enables graduate students to choose from a wide spectrum of topics when deciding their area of concentration and affords undergraduates ample opportunity to explore their individual interests in research.

CHEM
Chemistry
Chemistry at Rice is where innovation meets collaboration. Two Nobel laureates, dominance in the field of nanoscale science and technology, and significant contributions to both bioscience and materials science have propelled Rice University’s Department of Chemistry to unparalleled status over the past two decades. Chemistry is central to many modern scientific disciplines—biochemistry, materials, multiple areas of engineering—and is a leading department within Natural Sciences in its level of research support.

ESCI

Earth Science
Earth Science has 18 professors and a similar number of adjunct professors from the local energy industry and space science community. Department focus areas include the structure and evolution of the continental lithosphere (Earth Structure and Dynamics), the past and present evolution of the Earth's climate, surface, and environment (Earth System Science), and the physics and chemistry of fluid flow and rock-fluid interactions (Environment and Energy Resources).

EEB

Ecology & Evolutionary Biology
Ecology and Evolutionary Biology is addressing important ecological and evolutionary questions with collaborative research initiatives and innovative ecological, evolutionary, and genomic tools. Their mission is to provide outstanding education and research training at the undergraduate, graduate, and postdoctoral levels while advancing their research programs. In addition to its excellent research facilities, there are federal, state, and private refuges, parks, experimental stations, and preserves available for field research within the city or driving distance of the campus.

KINE

Kinesiology
Kinesiology is committed to health promotion, disease prevention, and training in the sciences of health and human movement. Faculty strive for excellence in providing a professional education in the classroom, industry opportunities in the form of internships with cutting-edge organizations, and opportunities to pursue graduate professional degrees. This is accomplished through appropriate knowledge concerning the practice and application of the health science and sports medicine curriculums.

MATH

Mathematics
Mathematics has been central to Rice’s teaching and research missions since its founding in 1912. Mathematics majors contribute in a wide range of fields, including scientific research, technology, law and medicine, teaching, business and national security. Rice mathematics faculty are known for their research expertise in the areas of algebraic geometry and number theory, ergodic theory and dynamical systems, geometric analysis and differential geometry, harmonic analysis and partial differential equation, mathematical physics, and topology and geometric group theory.

PHYAPhysics & Astronomy
Students and faculty in Physics and Astronomy study the fundamental laws and organizing principles underlying the structure of the natural world. This pursuit plays out across all length and energy scales, from elementary particles to the universe, and from ultracold atomic gases to the Big Bang. Students learn about the basic building blocks of matter and how individual particles interact to determine the behavior of complex systems found in condensed matter and biology.