Faculty of Science

About Us

Dean's Message

Welcome to Carleton and to the Faculty of Science.

I hope those of you who joined us for the first time this year are having  a successful year. When I first arrived on campus in the summer of 2010, I was struck by how friendly and supportive everyone was. I hope you are experiencing the same enthusiasm and commitment that I continue to see in my dealings with our faculty, staff, and students.

The Faculty of Science has so much to offer in addition to its excellent academic programs. It undertakes ground-breaking research and hosts public lectures, bi-weekly science cafés, and departmental seminars and colloquia. Our Science Student Success Centre strives to ensure that every student has the tools to succeed. I hope you are taking advantage of some or all of these wonderful opportunities to enhance your classroom experience.

The years spent studying at a university can be some of the most memorable in your life, a time of discovery and learning.  I urge you all to take full advantage of the many opportunities that come with studying and working in an environment such as ours.

In keeping with the practice that has been set at Carleton for many years, I welcome your comments and suggestions and know that together we can continue to make this University and this Faculty a great place to be.

Dr. Malcolm Butler
Dean, Faculty of Science  

Dr. Malcolm Butler

Faculty Highlights

The Faculty of Science is research-intensive and an integral part of a university that prides itself in being a leader in discovery and innovation.

  • 3302 Undergraduate Students
  • 491 Graduate Students
  • 160 Faculty Members
  • 75 Staff Members


Carleton offers you a comprehensive range of rigorous, innovative programs in all the main areas of computer science, mathematics and statistics, and the natural sciences.

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The Faculty of Science at Carleton University is an important centre of research in the Natural Sciences, Computer Science, Mathematics and Statistics. With strong external funding and award-winning faculty, innovation thrives across the Faculty.

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The Faculty of Science also holds several public lectures (the Discovery Lecture and the Herzberg Lecture) during the academic year that address a scientific issue of the day as well as bring to campus well-known scientists from around the world.

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Building & Facilities

The various departments and institutes that make up the Faculty of Science are primarily housed in six buildings:

Herzberg Laboratories

The building houses the School of Computer Science, the School of Mathematics and Statistics, the Department of Physics, Department of Earth Sciences (including their $10 million POLARIS project), the Environmental Science program, Integrated Science program, and the Faculty of Science Dean’s Office.

A roof-top observatory features a powerful star-gazing 14″ reflecting Celestron telescope.

H.H.J. Nesbitt Biology Building

The H. H. J. Nesbitt Biology Building (formerly the Environmental Laboratories Biology Annex (ELBA) is made up of climate-controlled greenhouses that contain one of the finest collections of plants for teaching and scientific study in Canada. The Nesbitt Building is state of the art with open architecture to foster collaborative work and invite interaction between scholars.

Steacie Building

The Steacie Building for Chemistry is named in honour of E.W.R. Steacie, a distinguished chemist who served as chair of Carleton’s board of governors and president of the National Research Council.

The building houses the Department of Chemistry and features our Super Lab (an undergraduate teaching laboratory).

Life Sciences Building

The Life Sciences Research Building is a specialized laboratory which supports experimental work in the biological, biochemical, and behavioural sciences.

Tory Building

Houses our undergraduate life sciences laboratories.

Carleton Technology & Training Centre

Houses faculty offices within the department of biology.

Faculty Strategic Plan

Faculty History

Carleton College was created in 1942 to provide needed part-time post-secondary education during the evening to wartime workers.

By the end of WWII, however, there was a strong demand for university education and Carleton's founders were determined to meet this demand. In 1945, the Faculty of Arts and Science was established and the College was able to offer day classes and had both full-time faculty and students. Over the next eighteen years, Carleton had become a university and the science programs had grown to the point where a Faculty of Science was created in 1963.

Today, the Faculty of Science is research-intensive and an integral part of a university that prides itself in being a leader in discovery and innovation. Students are taught by some of the leading scientific researchers in their disciplines (including 10 named research chairs) and by many award-winning teachers. Being located in the nation's capital is particularly advantageous, as the Faculty enjoys numerous collaborative research and learning relationships with federal government research laboratories, museums, libraries, and high-technology industries in the Ottawa region.