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

Fruit flies and fighter jets
Fruit flies and fighter jets use similar nimble tactics when under attack. Watch a slow motion video to see how they do it. Learn more at UW Today.
Research in action: Pilot program gives parents tools to boost babies' brains
The UW's Institute for Learning & Brain Sciences is part of a new, privately-funded campaign in South King County that helps parents put into practice the latest findings from infant brain research. UW's Patricia Kuhl is quoted. Learn more at The 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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An evening of events related to Rwanda including screening of
UW Kelly Ethnic Cultural Center Theater
Wednesday, April 23

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Water and Energy Problems in Central Asia
Denny Hall 123
Friday, May 9

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