Mathematical & Physical Sciences

With a full-time faculty of about 160, the Division of Mathematical & Physical Sciences seeks to expand our physical and mathematical understanding of the universe, from its microscopic substructure to its largest structures, from our own Earth to the edge of the universe and the beginning of time. The language used is mathematical. Discovery and understanding advance by the interplay between theory and experiment or observation.

Undergraduate majors include applied mathematics, astrophysics, earth science, geology, geophysics, mathematics, physical science, physics, and statistics. Undergraduates are encouraged to participate in research with faculty in all disciplines.

In a recent National Research Council report, the overall ranking of Berkeley's doctoral programs in the physical sciences was number one.                                                                            

Dean Frances Hellman

Dean and Staff

Dean:  Frances Hellman
Director of Academic Administration:  Vinaya Gokarn
Budget Officer:  Wanda Nieters
Assistant Dean of Development, Development and College Relations:  Maria Hjelm
Student Diversity Programs Director:  Colette Patt
Executive Assistant to the DeanAshlee Baylis

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2018 math & physical sciences newsletter


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Chair Michael Manga


Related Units

In addition, the College of Letters & Science offers an interdisciplinary major in chemistry (in cooperation with the College of Chemistry), as well as a Bachelor of Arts in Computer Science (in cooperation with the College of Engineering). The College also offers a variety of additional interdisciplinary major and minor programs through Undergraduate and Interdisciplinary Studies.

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