Graduate Catalog 2000 - 2002

  
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The College of Science
Dean: Neal Smatresk, Ph.D.
206 Life Science Bldg. Box 19047 817-272-3491 www.uta.edu/cos 
 
 

Mission and Philosophy
   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.

Overview
   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.
   Master's degrees 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.

Scholastic Activity and Research Interests of the Faculty 

Biology
   The 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.

Chemistry and Biochemistry
   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.

Geology
   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.

Mathematics
   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.

Physics
   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

 
Graduate Catalog 2000 - 2002

  
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