About the Faculty

Introduction to the Faculty

Although the University of Ottawa celebrated its 150th anniversary in 1998, the Faculty of Pure and Applied Science was only established in 1953. In subsequent years, the name was changed from Faculty of Science and Engineering to the Faculty of Science in 1986.

Today the Faculty consists of more than 164 professors and 99 full-time support staff, and offers undergraduate and graduate programs to more than 4500 students in five departments: Biology, Chemistry and Biomolecular Sciences, Earth and Environmental Sciences, Mathematics and Statistics, and Physics. It also oversees the undergraduate program in Biochemistry. Most programs offer the Co-op option.

The Science campus consists of several buildings housing state-of-the-art equipment and laboratories. The world-class biosciences complex is just one example of the state-of-the art facilities that offer our students additional opportunities to become the leaders of tomorrow. Add to this the new Earth Sciences Microscopy Laboratory, the 180 students chemistry lab and the physics labs, and you have the make up of a very special science campus.

Over the years, the Faculty of Science has become a true centre of excellence, earning recognition across Canada and abroad for its prowess in the classrooms and the laboratories. Researchers within the Faculty are pursuing some of the most significant and relevant scientific matters of our day including molecular biology, genetics, biopharmaceutical sciences, environmental genomics, catalysis, nanotechnology, applied modern mathematics and statistics.

Our past is a testimonial to our passion, so will be our future.

Faculty of Science quick facts

The University of Ottawa’s Faculty of Science has emerged as a national leader, positioning itself firmly within the global context of modern science. With the highest registration growth rate of any faculty on campus, we are responding to the explosive demands of the life sciences sector. The Faculty offers the following undergraduate and graduate academic programs:

  • Biochemistry and biotechnology
  • Biology
  • Biomedical Science
  • Biopharmaceutical Science
  • Chemistry
  • Environmental Science
  • Geology
  • Mathematics and Statistics
  • Ophthalmic Medical Technology
  • Physics

Enrollment in Fall 2016

  • 4,111 undergraduate students
  • 524 graduate students
Did you know?
  • The Biosciences Complex is the most advanced research and learning facility of its kind in Canada. Nestled in the heart of the campus, the $60 million, 190,000 square foot Biosciences Complex is home to the Centre for Advanced Research in Environmental Genomics (CAREG) and the Centre for Catalysis Research and Innovation (CCRI).  It began its three-stage construction in July 2002 and was completed in 2005.  The complex integrates three buildings, holds state-of-the-art equipment and the laboratory facilities and has received provincial and federal awards for energy efficiency.
  • The Faculty of Science boasts 13 Canada Research Chairs, six uOttawa Research Chairs.
  • The NMR Lab facility consists of seven spectroscopy instruments, including one solely dedicated to undergraduate studies.
  • The Faculty of Science has earned 25 Premier Research Excellence Awards (PREA/ERA) and two Premier’s Platinum/Discovery Medals for Research Excellence.
  • Paul Corkum was elected to the U.S. National Academy of Sciences, one of the highest honours a scientist can receive (2009).
  • Canada’s first Biopharmaceutical Science program was offered at the University of Ottawa.
  • The Biomedical Science program boasts the highest admission numbers on campus.
  • The Faculty of Science received grants from the Canadian Foundation for Innovation in 2009, valued at $12.7 million dollars.  These grants, matched by the Government of Ontario, fund two projects: Canadian Accelerator Mass Spectrometry Facility, Ian Clark, Department of Earth and Environmental Sciences; and Sub-wavelength Science Research, Paul Corkum, Department of Physics. 
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