The parent unit is the Faculty of Natural Sciences. The Faculty of Natural Sciences was established in 1970 and includes six departments: Mathematics, Computer Science, Physics, Chemistry, Life Sciences, Geological and Environmental Sciences. All the departments in the faculty grant B.Sc., M.Sc. and Ph.D. degrees.
Undergraduate studies for a B.Sc. degree in all the Faculty departments (except for the Life Sciences Department) opened in the 1971 academic year. There were studies in the Life Sciences Department between 1964-1972, under the academic auspices of the Faculty of Mathematics and Natural Sciences of the Hebrew University of Jerusalem.
All the Faculty departments were authorized to grant Masters Degrees in 10/1974. Previously the Masters degree in Life Sciences was under the academic auspices of the Faculty of Mathematics and Natural Sciences of the Hebrew University of Jerusalem and in the other Departments, the studies were under the academic sponsorship of the Weizmann Institute of Science.
All the Faculty departments were authorized to grant doctoral degrees in 7/1978.
In 2000, the Mathematics and Computer Science Department was divided into 2 separate departments.
The faculty comprises 145 academic staff, 1,900 undergraduate students and 500 graduate students. In addition to its core activities, the Faculty also provides training in all the applied sciences, and offers courses in mathematics and basic sciences for the full-time equivalent of over 2,000 students majoring in engineering, medical and social sciences.
Unique to our faculty are service courses and service laboratories for other departments within the Faculty of Natural Sciences and throughout the university, mostly by the departments of Mathematics, Physics and Chemistry.
Undergraduate teaching offerings include interdepartmental and inter-faculty options:
Physics and Computer Science
- Mathematics and Computer Science
- Chemical Nanotechnology – Science and Engineering
- Biophysics and Bioinformatics
- Geology and Life Sciences
- Geology and CS
- Chemistry and CS