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.
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.
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).
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.
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.