University of Texas at Austin College of Natural Sciences

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The Robert Lee Moore Building (left), the Molecular Biology Building (middle), and the Neuromolecular Sciences Building (right).

The College of Natural Sciences at The University of Texas at Austin offers 10 Bachelor of Arts majors, 42 Bachelor of Science majors, and 20 graduate programs to more than 11,000 undergraduates and 1,300 graduate students.[1] The college employs over 370 faculty.[2] Many of the programs are consistently ranked in the top ten nationally, according to U.S. News & World Report (2012), including: Analytical Chemistry (5th), Applied Math (9th), Artificial Intelligence (5th), Computer Science (8th), Computing Systems (8th), Computing Theory (10th), Cosmology/Relativity/Gravity (8th), Ecology, Evolution and Behavior (6th), Plasma Physics (5th), Programming Language (5th), Theoretical Chemistry (10th), and Topology (8th).[3]

Departments

  • Department of Astronomy
  • Department of Chemistry
  • Department of Computer Science
  • School of Human Ecology
  • Department of Integrative Biology
  • Marine Science Institute
  • Department of Mathematics
  • Department of Molecular Biosciences
  • Department of Neuroscience
  • Department of Physics
  • Division of Statistics and Scientific Computation
  • Freshman Research Initiative

Homework System

The College of Natural Sciences has an online assignment submission system unique to this college, known as Quest Learning and Assessment. The Quest system allows professors to add assignments and allows students to access and provide all answers to those assignments online. Furthermore, the commonly used in-class response system, iClicker, can be linked onto this website, allowing students to keep track of their progress throughout the class in one place.

Honors Program

Evolution, UT Department of Human Ecology, student fashion show, 2007

The College of Natural Sciences administers five honors programs at the University of Texas at Austin.[4]

The Dean's Scholars [1] Honors Program accepts about 30 freshmen and 20 sophomores each fall, maintaining a size of more than 200 total undergraduates. The Dean's Scholars Student Association is elected to represent the program in college affairs.

The Health Science Honors (HSH) Program is for students specifically interested in the health professions. It accepts about 50 students per year.

The Turing Scholars [2] Honors Program accepts outstanding computer science majors each fall, and is represented by the Turing Scholars Student Association. It is also possible for an undergraduate to double-major in Dean's Scholars and Turing Scholars.

Polymathic Scholars (PS) is the certificate program for honors students in the College of Natural Sciences with interests that stretch beyond their major.

The School of Human Ecology offers two honors program options for highly motivated students: "Honors in Advanced Human Development and Family Sciences" and "Honors in Advanced Nutritional Sciences."

Notable faculty

Student organizations

  • Natural Science Council Natural Sciences Council was started in 1972 to serve as a liaison between the students in the College and the Natural Sciences faculty. Also serves as a liaison to the Senate of College Councils
  • Science Undergraduate Research Group Student group that works to foster a cohesive undergraduate research community.

References

  1. ^ Facts & Rankings, College of Natural Sciences
  2. ^ Be a Longhorn Archived 2006-09-02 at the Wayback Machine Academics, Opportunities and Resources in the College of Natural sciences. Accessed 14 September 2006.
  3. ^ Facts & Rankings, College of Natural Sciences
  4. ^ Honors, University of Texas at Austin's College of Natural Sciences

External links

  • The University of Texas at Austin College of Natural Sciences
  • Research Awards, University of Texas at Austin's College of Natural Sciences
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