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The Faculty of Science is about discovery, research and curiosity

Science plays a huge part of our daily life – it is everywhere – and inescapable. Every day we draw on science knowledge to make sense of the world around us. Science is about discovery, research, entrepreneurship and curiosity – and that’s what we do at the Faculty of Science. We are driven by current societal needs, engage our communities and create opportunities for international prominence.

We are the place where curiosity sparks discovery. We are a diverse faculty that encompasses chemistry, biological sciences, math & statistics, computer science, physics and astronomy and geoscience.


Why the Faculty of Science may be right for you

Our vision is to become one of Canada’s top five research universities, grounded in innovative learning and teaching and fully integrated with the community of Calgary, by the university’s 50th anniversary in 2016. And we’re relying on our world-class instructors and researchers to help us reach those goals. So if you’re looking for an opportunity to inspire and guide students to reach their full academic potential, and to lead bold, ground-breaking research, this is the university for you.

Join an exceptional group of colleagues at a university where innovation and excellence are part of the curriculum. We’re committed to attracting the most talented, skilled faculty members, and providing them with the environment to succeed. It’s an energetic, supportive place to grow and develop your career.

Message from the Dean

I joined this dynamic and diverse Faculty in July, 2015. What has really impressed me about the University of Calgary, and one of the reasons I was eager to be a part of this team, was the Eyes High strategic vision. I am committed to the core values embodied by this vision – particularly curiosity, collaboration, and communication.

Along with community engagement and sharpening research focus, student learning and engagement is an ongoing priority. In my own academic life, I have been committed to research excellence and student engagement, while happily serving my university, my professional organizations and the community at large.

A running theme in my research and teaching has been inclusivity. With several collaborators, I recently published a paper in the Journal of Women and Minorities in Science and Engineering, outlining the roles of gender and discipline in academic career satisfaction in which we found that respect and equity in the sciences is crucial for career satisfaction. Ultimately, I believe the way we enhance the learning environment is through inclusive and diverse modes of instruction, careful attention to the vocabulary we use, and how we treat the people in the room.

I am also keen on promoting a work place that’s free of toxicity, bullying, inequality and creating a work environment people want to be in.

As dean, I look forward to sharing my passion and perspectives and creating an inclusive environment for faculty, staff and students.

Dr. Lesley Rigg, Dean, Faculty of Science

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Departments in the Faculty of Science

The Faculty of Science comprises more than 5,000 students and 200 faculty members spanning several departments and multidisciplinary programs. Find key links for each of the six departments below, including available opportunities.

Biological Sciences


Computer Science


Mathematics and Statistics

Physics and Astronomy

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