Divisions & Units - Mathematical & Physical Sciences

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The College of Letters & Science supports an impressive array of learning opportunities, evident in the departments, programs, centers, majors, minors, and instructional support units below.

Meet our new faculty: Semyon Dyatlov, mathematics

September 11, 2018

Semyon Dyatlov, who received his Ph.D. from Berkeley in 2013, is joining the faculty as an assistant professor of mathematics.

Blackwell Hall is officially dedicated to late statistics professor

September 12, 2018

Campus leaders gathered this week to dedicate UC Berkeley’s newest residence hall to David Blackwell, the first black professor to receive tenure at Berkeley and a preeminent statistician who died in 2010. Blackwell Hall opened to more than 750 students in August and features study centers, a gym and plenty of ping-pong and pool tables.

AI helps track down mysterious cosmic radio bursts

September 10, 2018

Artificial intelligence is invading many fields. Recently, researchers at Breakthrough Listen, a SETI project led by the University of California, Berkeley, used machine learning to discover 72 new fast radio bursts from a mysterious source some 3 billion light years from Earth.

Check out the Biology Scholars Program's new website!

August 30, 2018

UC Berkeley's prestigious Biology Scholars Program has a revamped website. Check it out!

UC Berkeley leads new assessment of Bay Area climate impacts

August 27, 2018

California today issued its latest assessment of the many challenges the state faces from climate change — including wildfires like those still raging throughout the state – and highlighted for the first time the regional impacts with nine deep-dive reports spearheaded by University of California scientists. Read more...

Berkeley top U.S. public university in new ARWU rankings

August 16, 2018

The 2018 Academic Rankings of World Universities, an assessment of 500 top institutions around the globe by the ShanghaiRanking Consultancy, places UC Berkeley at the pinnacle of public universities on the U.S. and fifth overall in the world. Among 54 subject areas, Berkeley ranked second in physics and statistics, third in biotechnology and economics, fourth in sociology, and fifth in computer science.

Tying electrons down with nanoribbons

August 8, 2018

Scientists are experimenting with narrow strips of graphene, called nanoribbons, in hopes of making cool new electronic devices, but University of California, Berkeley scientists have discovered another possible role for them: as nanoscale electron traps with potential applications in quantum computers.

Space probe to plunge into fiery corona of the sun

August 6, 2018

On August 11, NASA plans to launch Earth’s first spacecraft to venture inside the orbits of Venus and Mercury to touch the very edge of the sun’s fiery corona. Outfitted with instruments designed and built at the University of California, Berkeley, the Parker Solar Probe will investigate questions that space scientists have pondered for decades.