In July, 2014, the departments of Biochemistry & Cell Biology
(BCB) and Ecology & Evolutionary Biology (EEB) merged to form BioSciences
at Rice. Biosciences faculty members are
investigating some of the most important questions on the fundamental
properties of living organisms and impacts on the future quality of life on
earth. Their research expertise covers a
diverse range, including animal behavior, biochemistry, biophysics and
structural biology, cancer biology, cell and developmental biology,
computational biology, conservation biology, ecology, evolution, genetics,
microbiology, neurobiology, plant biology, signal transduction, and synthetic
and systems biology.
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.
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).
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.
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.
|Physics & 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.