The Natural Sciences Division

Study the Natural Sciences

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Students in the Natural Sciences — including the mathematical, physical, and life sciences — learn from leading scientists who share their sense of curiosity and discovery.

Our Majors

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Why Study the Natural Sciences?

Our students can study everything from nanoparticles to living organisms to galaxies to differential equations, with opportunities to participate in cutting-edge research that advances science and technology. Through their broad Arts & Sciences education, they connect ideas across disciplines and cultures, inspiring creative thinking and innovation.

Coco Xu

BS, Statistics, 2018

“Statistics is a small department, a relatively small community, so students get close to each other. My classmates were my best friends as well as my best study buddies. There’s a great faculty-to-student ratio, and the professors are really supportive throughout the year.”

Tufant "Coco" Xu

Locke Patton

BS, Astronomy, Physics, 2018

"Week two of my first astronomy course, I was hooked. I always look for puzzles, and astronomy had enough really tricky puzzles that I could tackle. But it also gave me a perspective. I like the fact that you can’t maintain an ego while studying astronomy, while facing the Universe."

Locke Patton in UW Planetarium

Osman Salahuddin

BS, Neurobiology, 2018

"In neurobiology, we learn how humans and animals behave, and the tie between that behavior and the brain — what our brain responses make us feel at the non-scientific level. The tie between the scientific details and the actual behavior of humans and animals is what draws me to neurobiology."

Osman Salahuddin

Tim Tiasevanakul

UW junior, Psychology and Law, Societies & Justice majors

"In psychology, the universe of possibilities is endless. I wanted to pursue a psychology degree to go into the field of behavioral economics, analyzing consumer trends and investment. But I also want a deeper understanding of why I am me  — why I see the world in the ways that do. (There, the cliché, I said it!)"

Tim Tiasevanakul