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The University of Texas at Arlington
Graduate Catalog 2002-2004

The College of Science


Dean: Neal Smatresk, Ph.D.

206 Life Science Bldg. | Box 19047 | 817-272-3491 |

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.


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

Scholastic Activity and Research Interests of the Faculty


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.


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 spectroscopies. The experimental high energy group is involved in collider experiments at Fermilab, Brookhaven Laboratory and CERN to study QCD and to search for supersymmetry and other physics beyond the standard model. Other active research areas include high energy theory, optics, parallel computing and statistical physics.


Expertise and research activity include animal behavior, animal and human learning, cognitive processes, social psychology, psychobiology and developmental psychology. Current research interests include group brainstorming, verbal memory and neuropsychology, applied psychological measurement, pain systems, decision processes, naturalistic social cognition, stress, genetic and hormonal determinants of aggressive and defensive behaviors and parent-offspring interactions, sea turtle behavior, and infant mental representation of objects.

Science Education

The Master of Arts in Interdisciplinary Science (MAIS), a 36 credit hour degree program without a thesis requirement, was designed and developed by science teachers for science teachers. The program will help science educators strengthen and update their knowledge of content in one or more of the following cognate areas: biology, chemistry, geology, mathematics, and physics. In addition to enhancing content knowledge, the courses will help educators develop teaching strategies that lead to improved student learning, implement high quality instructional materials, and develop skills in using various strategies for assessing student learning. The MAIS degree will serve the needs of classroom teachers, content-area and staff development specialists, curriculum developers, program directors, school administrators, college/university faculty, and educators from informal science institutions who have responsibility for designing, delivering, evaluating, and/or continuously improving standards-based science, mathematics, and technology instruction for students, prekindergarten through the undergraduate degree.

While engaging in the coursework, educators will become learners themselves to deepen their own mastery of scientific and/or mathematical content. The laboratory-based learning activities in the program will help science educators see teaching as less a matter of knowledge transfer and more as an activity of facilitation in which knowledge is generated, content is investigated in depth, and meaning is developed from experience. Graduates of the program will take their place as master science educators who are recognized as proven practitioners in delivering rigorous and relevant instruction and are valued as effective coaches, mentors, and teacher trainers.

Master's Doctoral

Biology Applied Chemistry
Chemistry Experimental Psychology
Geology Physics and Applied Physics
Mathematics Quantitative Biology
Science Education

In addition, the College of Science offers interdisciplinary master's and doctoral programs with the College of Engineering in Materials Science and Engineering and in Environmental Science and Engineering. The College of Science also participates in the interdisciplinary Mathematical Sciences Program. Entries for the aforementioned interdisciplinary programs are in the Interdepartmental and Intercampus Programs section of this catalog.


Expect Great Things!