Natural sciences

The natural sciences, spanning physics, chemistry, math and statistical sciences, play a central role in leading university initiatives at ASU. Interdisciplinary research centers at ASU serve as research accelerators, offering a range of collaborative studies and rich learning opportunities for K-12 students, undergraduates and educators throughout the nation.

Mathematics and statistical sciences at ASU is truly a vibrant community of scholars who are learning about and solving some of the most interesting theoretical and applied mathematical problems of our time and mentoring the next generation of leaders. Along with ASU's School of Mathematical and Statistical Sciences and School of Mathematical and Natural Sciences, associated ASU centers, faculty, students and staff serve thousands of undergraduates each year, providing quality instruction and mentorship.

ASU faculty in the School of Molecular Sciences and Department of Physics are among the finest researchers, teachers and mentors in the field today, ranked 6th in research impact. The faculty include fellows of prestigious science organizations such as the National Academy of Arts and Sciences, the American Physical Society and the American Chemical Society, Regents Professors, noted authors and some nationally recognized for research in science education. In addition to outstanding faculty, dedicated staff work to support research and teaching at every level.

ASU faculty and students tackle some of the most challenging chemical physics problems of today, combining theory, spectroscopy, cosmology, nuclear and particle physics, biological physics, synthesis, molecular biology and geochemistry to forge fundamental understandings of the world. ASU researchers look through the lens of physics, as well as biology, to understand cancer, and toward biological invention and biomimicry to develop advanced materials. 

Math, chemistry and physics are at the frontier of breakthrough scientific and technological approaches and analyses.


ASU houses one of 12 national physical sciences-oncology centers sponsored by NIH to examine whether controlling malignancy can be made by scientists outside of the cancer research community.
Beyond is a pioneering center devoted to confronting the really big questions of science and philosophy.
Our mission is to construct a complete system for solar-powered production of fuels such as hydrogen via water splitting. Our design principles are drawn from fundamental concepts in photosynthetic energy conversion.
The Center for Biological Physics at ASU conducts research into biological phenomena using the tools and methodologies of physics.
Center for Gender Equity in Science and Technology explores, identifies and creates innovative scholarship about under-represented girls in science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM).
The College of Integrative Sciences and Arts offers 21st century degree programs to students at ASU’s Polytechnic, Downtown Phoenix, Tempe, and Lake Havasu campuses
ASU is recognized as an academic leader in cybersecurity by industry and government organizations.
Physics is at the foundation of all fields of science, engineering and technology, including materials and nanoscale science, biological physics, particle-astrophysics, and cosmology.
The Eyring Materials Center supports materials research across a broad range of scientific disciplines, including physics, chemistry, biological sciences, geology and engineering
The New College of Interdisciplinary Arts and Sciences combines a small-college experience on ASU's West campus with the benefits of a top-tier research endeavor.
School of Mathematical and Natural Sciences offers a solid base of scientific and mathematical knowledge, proficiency in scientific inquiry and access to careers that value and apply these skills to life situations.
ASU's School of Mathematics and Statistical Sciences offers quality instruction that leads to bachelors, masters and doctoral degrees in applied mathematics, theoretical mathematics, mathematics education, and statistics.
The School of Molecular Sciences at ASU is ranked sixth in the world in high impact publications.
Our center emphasizes the training of students from diverse backgrounds whose knowledge base allows them to contribute to solution-building at the interface of biological, environmental, and social sciences.
The College of Liberal Arts and Sciences is the largest and most diverse academic research unit at ASU.