Message from the Dean
Welcome to the Georgia Tech College of Sciences!
The College is home to six schools (universities often call them departments): Biological Sciences, Chemistry and Biochemistry, Earth and Atmospheric Sciences, Mathematics, Physics, and Psychology. It also includes the Center for Education Integrating Science, Mathematics, and Computing (CEISMC), our K-12 STEM education outreach unit.
I enthusiastically encourage you to explore this website and those of our schools and CEISMC, and learn about our superb degree offerings – Bachelor’s, Master’s, and Ph.D. – which have led our graduates to a wide array of fulfilling and rewarding careers. Our academic programs blend excellent classroom experiences with exploration in state-of-the-art instructional laboratories and the chance to create new knowledge through research under the guidance of world-class faculty.
- How did life on Earth originate from simple molecules, and where else could life exist in the universe?
- How can we harness the power of evolution to transform the production of high-value materials?
- How is animal motion controlled, and how can we apply this knowledge to robots and their swarms?
- How does the brain manage attention and memory, and how can we preserve them as we age?
- How does our brain talk to our body, so that our limbs carry us through the world, our skin itches when irritated, and we can smell the flowers and taste our food?
- How can we use biology and computation to personalize improvements to human health?
- How can we apply mathematics to complex networks such as the spreading of infectious diseases?
- How can we accelerate quantum information processing, including by creating some of the coldest places in the cosmos in our laboratories?
- Where did the first galaxies come from, and how are they influenced by supermassive black holes at their centers?
- And much, much more!
We in the Georgia Tech College of Sciences are drawn to science and mathematics not only for the career opportunities they furnish and their societal impact, but also for their intrinsic beauty. To be sure, we regard them as astronomer Carl Sagan’s candles that light our lives, advancing our ability to control the matter and energy around us and put them to good use. But we also see the sheer pleasure of learning, mastering, and creating scientific and mathematical ideas as vibrant sources of satisfaction and joy that last a lifetime – like great art, music, or literature.
I warmly invite you to contact us to learn more about these educational opportunities. We hope you will choose to join us in what physicist Richard Feynman has called “the greatest adventure that the human mind has ever begun.”