Atmospheric and Oceanic SciencesThe Department of Atmospheric and Oceanic Sciences (AOS) at UCLA has been at the forefront of atmospheric research and education since its inception in 1940. AOS is a leading international center for research and education across four disciplines: Climate & Weather, Chemistry & Radiation, Oceanography, and Space Physics. In the most recent National Research Council ranking, AOS tied as the top-ranked department in the nation. Our faculty's research has a real-world impact on our most pressing environmental and societal concerns. The department offers a broad curriculum with two bachelor of science programs, the Atmospheric, Oceanic, and Environmental Sciences (AOES) major, and the interdepartmental joint program in Mathematics and AOS, and an AOS minor.
Chemistry & BiochemistryThe Department of Chemistry & Biochemistry is internationally recognized for cutting-edge research in four disciplines: Biochemistry, Inorganic Chemistry, Organic Chemistry, and Physical Chemistry. Our distinguished faculty, including three Nobel Laureates, illuminate the world's most complex molecular and genetic structures. They create renewable energy, develop nanosensors to monitor health and the environment, and synthesize new life-saving pharmaceuticals. Our faculty's dedication to training nearly 2,000 chemistry students each year, while contributing exceptional research, makes the department truly extraordinary.
Earth, Planetary, and Space SciencesThe Department of Earth, Planetary, and Space Sciences is renowned for both its diversity of study and its close-knit department community. Our award-winning faculty research the origins of life on Earth and imagine our planet's future, map the Earth's terrain and weather, and peek into our fossil record. They use telescopes and spacecraft to explore planets and atmospheres, link microscopic minerals to their planetary processes, and model space storms. The Department of Earth, Planetary, and Space Sciences is a truly dynamic place that offers students a wide variety of opportunities, including gaining hands-on field experience in California's wilderness.
MathematicsThe Department of Mathematics is a powerhouse. With five of seven mathematical research specialties ranked in the nation's top ten, and the department ranked number eight overall in the U.S., it is no surprise that the American Mathematical Society calls UCLA Math "one of the biggest pipelines to mathematical careers in the United States." UCLA Math has a broad-based undergraduate program, top-ranked graduate and postdoctoral training programs, as well as a center devoted to training highly-qualified K-12 mathematics teachers. The department has also pioneered many of the most remarkable advances in applied mathematics, propelling the applied math research group to number two in the nation. UCLA Math also has a reputation for solving the most difficult pure math challenges, including a recent proof of the Serre Conjecture. UCLA Math is changing the world, one innovative equation at a time.
Physics & AstronomyFaculty in the Department of Physics and Astronomy are scientific innovators in eight fields: Atomic, Molecular, and Optical Physics; Condensed Matter Physics; Experimental Elementary Particle Physics; Nuclear Physics; Plasma Physics; Theoretical Elementary Particle Physics; Astronomy & Astrophysics; and Astroparticle Physics. Our faculty conduct landmark theoretical research ranging from the quark to the cosmos, such as our leading role in Higgs Boson. Their discoveries also have practical applications, from the promise of unlimited fusion energy to an X-ray laser that allows time-resolved coherent biological imaging. UCLA physicists are leaders in emerging fields, such as physics of the human brain. Most recently, faculty members have discovered a dwarf galaxy, made nanomechanical measurements at an unprecedented resolution, and won the prestigious Craaford Prize. Such diverse avenues for exploration make UCLA an internationally recognized destination for physics, biophysics, and astronomy research.
StatisticsThe Department of Statistics prepares students to become innovators in business, education, environmental and social statistics, computational biology, statistical computing, vision and image sciences, and applied statistics. Through its eight research centers, the department offers opportunities for collaboration, hands-on learning and professional growth. Providing numerical measurements for large sets of data is increasingly important for solving problems in our changing world. The field of statistics has a wide-reaching impact that affects every aspect of our lives. UCLA Statistics provides a multdisciplinary, integrative environment that allows our students and faculty to pursue diverse statistical applications and fulfilling careers in every field.
Affiliate Institutes & Centers
California Nanosystems Institute (CNSI)
Center for Biological Physics (CBP)
Curtis Center for Mathematics & Teaching
Center for Image & Vision Science
Institute of the Environment & Sustainability (IoE)
Institute for Planets & Exoplanets (IPLEX)
Institute for Pure & Applied Mathematics (IPAM)
Joint Institute for Earth Systems Science and Engineering (JIFRESSE)