The College of Science graduate programs are
committed to excellence in graduate education and research and
contribute, along with other institutions in this country and
throughout the world, to the expansion of scientific knowledge.
Graduates of our programs are highly trained and educated
scientists who will be able to contribute to the economic and
social well-being of our state and nation.
With outstanding departments of Biology, Chemistry
and Biochemistry, Geology, Mathematics, Physics and Psychology,
the College of Science offers comprehensive graduate studies
with our world class faculty and research programs. In addition
to providing our students with strong core training in the
physical and life sciences, we have graduate programs in
Environmental Science and Engineering, Materials Science and
Engineering and offer specialized Masters degrees for educators
to expand their core science training. Interdisciplinary
programs and Research Centers provide students with
opportunities to span disciplines, and student research
activities are complemented by excellent research facilities and
state-of-the-art instrumentation. The College and Departments
host a series of seminars to further expose our students to
cutting edge science developments.
are offered in all of our departments, and we award Ph.D.
degrees in Quantitative Biology, Chemistry, Geology and
Mathematical Sciences, Mathematics, Applied Physics,
Experimental Psychology, Environmental Science and Engineering
and Materials Science and Engineering. For application and
entrance requirements, or more on our graduate programs, please
call us or visit our web site at www.uta.edu/cos.
Activity and Research Interests of the Faculty
Department of Biology has a wide array of research programs
ranging from molecular through population levels of integration.
The program boasts strength in microbiology, molecular biology,
aquatic biology, evolution, systematics, animal physiology,
ecology and behavior, and has active funding from a variety of
private and public agencies. The department also hosts centers
for parasitology, biological macrofouling, electron microscopy
and a collection of vertebrates. The research program emphasizes
quantitative aspects of biology and provides students with
strong training in statistics and experimental design.
Research programs include synthetic work on natural
products, medically active agents, novel precursors for
semiconductor fabrication, new catalysts, stabilization of
reactive intermediates, and electrically conducting polymers.
Biochemical research includes studies of enzymology and
molecular biology of methylotrophic metabolism. Physical,
analytical and electrochemical research includes studies of
colloids and surfaces, electrode modification through thin film
surface deposition, and characterization of the electrical
properties of polymers and other materials. Theoretical studies
involve both a major computational program applying molecular
orbital theory to a variety of problems and the statistical
mechanics of condensed phase systems.
Department research has a strong orientation toward
the application of geochemistry, geophysics and paleobiology to
earth resources and the environment. Current research interests
include analysis and modeling of geologic deformational
structures, landsliding, nautiloid paleobiogeography for Siluro-Devonian
terranes, spectral sedimentology, continental faults,
environmental and archeological studies, shales, accreted rock
formations and plate tectonics.
The department has a large group working in
numerical analysis and scientific computing. Specialties include
finite element methods, particle models, computational geometry,
non-linear dynamical systems with applications in biology and
other sciences, game and control theory, statistical research
focused on quality control, sampling and systems reliability.
Current projects include studies of computer modeling of natural
phenomena, dynamical aspects of medicine, volterra operators,
neural network modeling, probabilistic methods in quantum
mechanics, game theory, analysis of viscous fingering porous
media, adaptive estimation in statistics, statistical process
control charts, computer modeling of developable surfaces,
algebraic geometry, geometry and analysis of Rienmannian
manifolds, and least-squares finite elements.
Current research in the department is primarily in
the areas of condensed matter physics, materials science and
high energy physics. The theoretical condensed matter group is
engaged in cluster, electron transport, electronic structure,
molecular dynamics and path integral computations having
relevance to the chemical, electrical and magnetic properties of
surfaces, metals and semiconductors. The experimental condensed
matter group is engaged in studies of diamond coatings, magnetic
multilayers, metals, semiconductors and surfaces using electron,
positron, optical and magnetic resonance