Chair: Janet Braam
The Department of Biosciences unites over 30 faculty members engaged in cutting-edge research and outstanding teaching in a wide range of disciplines in the life sciences. 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. Collaborative activity among research groups creates a lively and productive research environment and provides comprehensive training opportunities throughout modern biological sciences.
Chair: Matteo Pasquali
The Department of Chemistry encompasses scientists and engineers who investigate the composition, properties, structure and reactivity of matter. Department members include organic, inorganic, physical, and biological chemists, both theorists and experimentalists. Bolstered by state-of-the-art instrumentation and close personal interactions, Rice is a terrific place to do chemical research. The department has developed two Nobel laureates and many members of the National Academy of Sciences; moreover, it hosts one of only six National Science Foundation funded centers for nanoscale science and engineering.
Chair: Cin-Ty Lee
Rice's Department of Earth, Environmental and Planetary Sciences has one of the strongest programs in the country in deep Earth sciences, environmental science and surface processes. Faculty investigate volcanic eruptions, the structure and dynamics of planetary interiors, global geochemical cycles, present and past climates, the rise and fall of mountains, the dynamics of rivers and sediment transport, atmospheric processes, the origin of ore deposits, earthquakes and much more. The department is strong in many aspects of exploration geology and geophysics and has close ties with the energy industry in Houston and beyond.
Interim Chair: Heidi Perkins
The Department of Kinesiology is home to two distinct and popular programs: Health Sciences and Sports Medicine. The Health Sciences program provides students with a fundamental background in health promotion and disease prevention, viewing health from the broader community level, while the Sports Medicine program provides detailed instruction in human anatomy and human physiology in addition to nutrition, biomechanics, motor learning and exercise physiology among other topics. Students join an active, close-knit community of scholars, teachers and mentors who take a personal interest in each and every student major.
Chair: Mike Wolf
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.
Chair: Doug Natelson
Students and faculty in the Department of 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.