Academics, opportunities and resources in the College of Natural Sciences
The College of Natural Sciences is committed to providing unique opportunities that promote discovery, creativity, and innovation for students with an interest in science and mathematics. Learn more about the college.
State-of-the-art academic resources, outstanding faculty, the college's Freshman Research Initiative, and other special programs expose undergraduates to a variety of learning situations in the classroom and beyond.
Opportunities and Resources for Natural Sciences Students
Freshman Research Initiative
The Freshman Research Initiative offers first-year students the opportunity to initiate and engage in authentic research experiences in chemistry, biochemistry, nanotechnology, molecular biology, and computer science while being supported and mentored by faculty and graduate students.
Choose from more than 50 student organizations involving majors and interests in the College of Natural Sciences.
Preparing for a Career in Medicine
Most undergraduates interested in a career in medicine begin their studies in a major in the College of Natural Sciences. No specific major is designated for pre-med studies. Instead, undergraduates spend their time pursuing a specific undergraduate major and working closely with advisors and the Health Professions Office to prepare to pursue a career in medicine.
TIP Scholars provides a small-college experience to about 325 freshmen each year through linked classes, a critical thinking course, tutoring, dedicated advising, and peer mentoring. Support continues into students' second year. TIP Scholars targets students who have excelled in high school even in the face of adversity. Students must apply and be selected to the program.
Emerging Scholars Program
The Emerging Scholars Program is a challenging honors-level academic program for a select group of entering freshmen majoring in the Colleges of Natural Sciences, Engineering, Business, or Liberal Arts. Started in Fall 1988, ESP is designed to provide motivated students with an opportunity to study calculus in a challenging but friendly environment.
Women in Natural Sciences
Women in Natural Sciences is designed to promote recruitment, retention, and success of women at all levels throughout the college. Academic disciplines within the college include astronomy, chemistry, computer science, geological sciences, human ecology, mathematics, physics, and all fields of biological sciences.
UTeach Natural Sciences
UTeach is a collaboration between UT Austin’s colleges of Natural Sciences and Education and the Austin Independent School District. Its goal is to attract interested students to explore secondary teaching early with limited initial commitment of time and money.
The McDonald Observatory is one of the world's leading centers for astronomical research, teaching, and public education and outreach.
The Marine Science Institute has active research programs in marine science disciplines including the physiology, biochemistry, and ecology of marine plants and animals; dynamics of marine ecosystems; biogeochemistry; mariculture; toxicology; and environmental monitoring. It is the oldest marine research station on the Texas Gulf Coast.
In the heart of central Austin along the Colorado River, the 88-acre Brackenridge Field Laboratory provides easy access to natural experimental space for college biologists, ecologists, and their students. The lab includes several ecosystems representative of Central Texas, access to aquatic research facilities and state-of-the-art greenhouses.
The Freshman Research Initiative (FRI) offers first-year students the opportunity to advance academically while doing cutting-edge, original, publishable research in fields such as chemistry, biochemistry, nanotechnology, molecular biology, physics, astronomy, and computer science.
The College of Natural Sciences campus facilities include the Will C. Hogg Building, T.S. Painter Hall, the Bill & Melinda Gates Computer Science Complex, Biological Laboratories, the Norman Hackerman Building, the Louise and James Robert Moffett Molecular Biology Building, the J.T. Patterson Laboratories Building, Robert A. Welch Hall, and Robert Lee Moore Hall.
Special Application Requirements
In addition to completing an application for admission, prospective Natural Sciences students should also learn about special application and program requirements for some freshman applicants and transfer applicants.
Applying to Natural Sciences
Looking for information about the majors offered by The University of Texas at Austin? Visit the Colleges, Schools, and Majors page for a list of freshman and transfer majors in each college and school, many with links to details about the program.