Emperor Penquins
Brain Networking
Bacteria switch between antibiotic susceptible-to-resistant states during infection using a Trojan horse strategy. Photo Credit: ILLUSTRATION BY PETER ALLEN
Squid Skin
Inglewood Basin

UC Santa Barbara offers a dynamic scientific community, world-class research and scholarship, and innovative courses and programs. Studying in the Division of Mathematical, Life and Physical Sciences, whether as an undergraduate or graduate, gives our students outstanding preparation for careers in the sciences, industry, business or for continued academic research.


Mathematical, Life, and Physical Sciences in the news
November 16, 2015
  • Fruit flies feeding

Mutant fruit flies feed on L-canavanine, a noxious amino acid.

November 10, 2015
  • Ian Duncan

Professor Ian Duncan, Fellow, Society of Actuaries


October 28, 2015

A team of UCSB researchers led by Professor John Cottle in Antarctica is studying an ancient subduction zone to better understand the continent's geologic evolution

October 22, 2015
  • red giant star with a strong internal magnetic field

This artist's representation of a red giant star with a strong internal magnetic field shows sound waves propagating in the stellar outer layers, while gravity waves propagate in the inner layers where a magnetic field is present.


Divisional announcements and opportunities
  • Craig Hawker

Craig Hawker, a UC Santa Barbara professor of materials, has been named a fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS).

  • The Compact Muon Solenoid detector's calorimeter — the black-and-silver machinery on the right side — is bound for major upgrades to make the most of the more intense proton beams that will run through the HL-LHC in about a decade.

Joe Incandela, Jeff Richman, Claudio Campagnari, David Stuart and others from UC Santa Barbara are among those working on improvements to the Large Hadron Collider.

  • Alice in Wonderland

Jeffrey Stopple is teaching a course entitled "The Mathematics of Alice in Wonderland."

  • Brenda Major

Brenda Major, Professor of Psychological and Brain Sciences at UC Santa Barbara