Natural Sciences

The natural sciences provide us with methods to investigate and understand ourselves, our world, and the universe, from the subatomic to the cosmic level. As we learn more about our world, we also come to understand our place within it as individuals and as a species. Discoveries in the sciences, often emerging from basic research, transform society as they address everything from disease to global warming.

 Natural Sciences in the News

'Mirage Earth' exoplanets may have burned away chances for life
New research led by an astronomy graduate student at UW indicates planets orbiting close to low mass stars may have lost their chance at hosting life because of intense heat during their formative years. Learn more at UW Today.
My journey from an undocumented immigrant to Harvard Medical School
UW alum Carlos Estrada Alamo thinks people should be grateful that President Obama is brightening the futures of thousands of children by finally acting on immigration reform, in a special contribution to the Seattle Times. Learn more at Seattle Times.


Timeless Discoveries Preserving Wildlife

Timeless Discoveries is a documentary produced by Penny LeGate Productions, which highlights major breakthroughs, groundbreaking research, and practical applications revealed by the scientific community at the College of Arts & Sciences. Hear professors and students as they reveal their challenges and discoveries ranging from the Hepatitis B vaccine to advances in solar energy.

View the Documentary

Natural Sciences Departments and Units

Natural Sciences Centers and Degree Programs

A full list is available on the Natural Sciences Centers page.


Divisional Dean Werner Stuetzle
Werner Stuetzle
Divisional Dean of Natural Sciences

Contact: Ivy Mason
Assistant to the Dean


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Archaeology Day
Burke Museum
January 10, 2015

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Ethics and Human Remains: A Discussion
Burke Museum
January 29, 2015

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