David Weld Receives NSF CAREER Award
The Brain Game
Mountain Man
Bacteria switch between antibiotic susceptible-to-resistant states during infection using a Trojan horse strategy. Photo Credit: ILLUSTRATION BY PETER ALLEN
Art of Science

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
June 16, 2016
  • Adar Eisenbruch and James Roney. Photo Credit: Sonia Fernandez

James Roney and Team find that in addition to generosity and trustworthiness, men value productivity when choosing unrelated male partners for cooperative ventures.

June 14, 2016
  • Blacktip reef shark

Doug McCauley and Team discover that shark traffic in a lagoon access channel on a remote Pacific island peaks just after dusk.

June 13, 2016
  • Deron Burkepile   Photo Credit: Allison Grisham

New work from a UCSB field ecologist and his microbiology colleagues shows how rising ocean temperatures are potentially lethal for coral reefs

June 2, 2016
  • Kenneth Kosik and Neha Rani   Photo Credit: Sonia Fernandez

UCSB neuroscience researchers identify a gene critical for human brain development and unravel how it works 


Divisional announcements and opportunities
  •  A thermal composite of Sherpa fire taken Friday, June 17, 2016. Photo Credit: COURTESY OF NASA

For geographer Dar Roberts and other UCSB researchers, the Sherpa fire offers myriad research possibilities.

  • “The Brain Lady” talks to third and fourth graders at Santa Barbara Charter School. Photo Credit: Spencer Bruttig

An outreach program designed by UCSB psychologist Karen Szumlinski teaches elementary school students about the 3-pound brain and how to keep it safe.

  • Stanton J. Peale   Photo Credit: George Foulsham

The American Astronomical Society posthumously awards its prestigious Kuiper Prize
to Stanton Peale, the late UCSB astrophysicist

  • Charles Jones and Leila Carvalho

Two UCSB climate scientists, Leila Carvalho and Charles Jones, edit a new book about the Earth's regional and global monsoon systems.