College of Science Research

The forefront of discovery

The College of Science is home to forward-thinking faculty and students who are highly active in research, from securing funding to publishing to presenting at University, state, national and international conferences and symposiums. We encourage students to become involved in research from their very first semester on campus. This, combined with the opportunity to utilize the latest in scientific equipment such as that found in UTA’s Shimadzu Institute for Research Technologies, gives Maverick Scientists a distinct advantage when they graduate and enter the workforce.

The College of Science has played a big role in UTA earning classification as a R1: Highest Research activity university by the Carnegie Classification of Institutions of Higher Education. With this classification, UTA is among a distinguished group of 115 institutions including Harvard and MIT in the R1 “highest research” category.

In 2021, UTA became just the fourth institution in the state to achieve designation as a Texas Tier One university, a significant milestone of excellence in academics and research that brings with it access to the state’s National Research University Fund. The College of Science played a critical role in UTA reaching this prestigious level.

The College of Science had more than $28 million in research expenditures in fiscal year 2022, its highest-ever total. In the past four years, the College has brought in more than $100 million in total research expenditures from sources such as NASA, the National Science Foundation, the National Institutes of Health, the U.S. Department of Energy and the Welch Foundation, among others.

Our faculty and students are pushing the boundaries of knowledge in a variety of fields in order to address many of the crucial problems facing our world today. Much of their research is done with faculty and students from other departments and other colleges, on campus and around the world. They’re doing interdisciplinary research in a wide variety of areas, including:


Aquatic ecology, Cell and developmental biology, Comparative genomics, Ecology and evolution, Environmental microbiology, Evolutionary ecology, Evolutionary genomics, Herpetology, Marine biology, Microbiology, Molecular biology, Molecular evolution, Speciation Genetics, Structural biology, Virology

Biology Research

Chemistry & Biochemistry

Analytical chemistry, Biochemistry, Environmental chemistry, Materials and polymers, Nano-chemistry, Organic chemistry, Organometallic chemistry, Physical chemistry, Separation chemistry, Synthesis chemistry

Chemistry Research

Earth & Environmental Science

Biostratigraphy, Climate, Environmental geochemistry, Geochemistry, Geodesy, Geomechanics, Hydrogeology, Neotectonics, Paleoceanography, Sedimentology, Structural geology, Tectonics

EES Research


Algebra, Applied mathematics, Computational mathematics, Geometry, Mathematical biology, Mathematics education, Probability, Mathematical statistics

Math Research


Astrophysics, Nanostructured materials, Chaos and nonlinear physics, Condensed matter physics, High energy physics, Nano-biophysics, Nanostructured magnetic materials, Space physics, Theoretical condensed matter physics

Physics Research


Health psychology, Cognitive psychology, Neuroscience, Developmental psychology, Industrial and Organizational psychology, Social and personality psychology

Psychology Research

Hands-On Learning Experience

Students are encouraged to actively participate in the innovation, discovery and learning in the UTA College of Science.

An undergraduate student wearing a lab coat and gloves works in a biology lab.

Undergraduate Research

The College of Science encourages all students to get plugged into undergraduate research opportunities, which cover a wide spectrum of tasks and experiences, in order to enhance and apply the learning done in the classroom.

A graduate student works in a lab.

Graduate Research

A Carnegie R1 institution, UTA is recognized as one of the top research universities in Texas, and has been providing excellent training for master’s and doctoral students for decades. UTA offers a wide array of graduate-level degrees and research programs in each department. The College of Science cultivates opportunities for graduate students to work alongside world-class faculty in state-of-the-art facilities and laboratories.

Be A Maverick Scientist

Innovate, Discover and Learn. Begin your journey and leverage UTA's commitment to research, diversity and prime location to become part of the next generation of leaders in science.