Innovate, Collaborate, Excel

Carleton's Faculty of Science is a research-intensive, integral part of a university which prides itself on being a discovery and innovation leader.

Our students are taught by award-winning teachers and mentored by leading scientific scholars. Our grant-funded faculty conduct research in everything from depression treatments to fossil discovery to solar energy conversion. Our researchers engage in collaborations with federal government research laboratories, museums, libraries,and high-technology industries in the Ottawa area, nationally and internationally. Our Research Centres provide top quality analytical services and tools to clients in academia, government and industry.

Our Goals

  • Educate successful students. We wish to attract and retain well prepared, engaged and motivated students. We will teach, advise, and support our students so they can realize their aspirations. We will strive to provide our students with the best possible teaching assistants to support their learning. We will continue to encourage learning through discovery. We wish our students to develop a sense of commitment to a life-long affiliation to the Carleton community.
  • Maintain a strong faculty and staff complement. Attracting and retaining the best faculty and staff is the foundation to all our goals and aspirations. We will provide professional development for our staff.
  • Build on our research strengths: We will build on our strengths listed above, led by curiosity and the needs of society. We will continue to build on internal synergies and collaborate with external partners. We will strengthen our research infrastructure, building and improving space as needed and maintaining major instrumentation.
  • Maintain a strong, informed and collegial community. We value highly our strong community in our academic units, and collectively in our Faculty. We will ensure that each member of our community is informed and has every opportunity to participate in Faculty decisions and plans.
  • Strengthen administrative support with a view to give our students and faculty every opportunity to succeed.
  • Encourage a culture of innovation, entrepreneurship and creativity. The willingness to be open to exploring new ideas for research, teaching and service to our communities is vital. We will continue to develop opportunities within our traditional disciplines and between disciplines.
  • Promote our contributions to our local and global communities. We will contribute to the public under- standing of our science through various communication activities. We will increase our participation in hosting conferences and research centres.
  • Expand our role in the international community. We will expand our vision beyond our national and continental horizons.
  • Foster communication and stay in contact with alumni.
  • Encourage life long learning by providing such opportunities to our students, alumni and society in general.

Our Core Values

  • Excellence in research
  • Excellence teaching
  • Integration of research and teaching
  • Shared responsibility for learning
  • Commitment to student success and academic standards
  • Connection to community
  • Increased awareness and appreciation of science in society
  • Alumni engagement
  • Respect and integrity
  • Shared governance and collegiality

Our Strengths and Advantages

  • A successful research-active faculty. We are very active in fundamental and applied research.
  • Discovery-based learning. We take pride in maintaining this feature of pedagogy in our Faculty. High quality laboratory experiences and field trips are key features. We involve undergraduates in our research.
  • A diverse and collegial community. There is a sense of identity and community at Carleton. We are also a diverse community and wish to see this diversity continue to increase as we seek to be more international and a welcoming community.
  • A beautiful and safe campus in Ottawa, Canada’s Capital.
  • Proximity to government agencies, research institutions, hospitals and a wide range of industries.
  • Policy and regulation. There is a high degree of interaction with government departments and agencies at Carleton University.
  • Engagement with society. We live and work in a society receptive to the translation of science and the transfer of that knowledge to the public. We host lectures such as the Discovery and Herzberg as well as public forums such as the Science Café.
  • Strong scholarship support.  Carleton stands out in our financial support to undergraduate and graduate students.
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Our Facilities


Herzberg Laboratories

Named for Gerhard Herzberg, Canada’s first Nobel Prize recipient for natural sciences, and Carleton’s former Chancellor, this building houses the School of Computer Science, the School of Mathematics and Statistics, the Department of Physics, Department of Earth Sciences, the Environmental Science program, Integrated Science program, Department of Health Sciences, the Science Student Success Centre, as well as 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 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. Design features such as open laboratories, lounges used by both students and faculty, and faculty offices clustered in a central area, promote an atmosphere of shared learning. 


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 Department of Chemistry is housed here, as well as our Super Lab (an undergraduate teaching laboratory).


Health Science Building (opening September 2017)

The new Health Science Building will house the Departments of Health Science and Neuroscience. The design and layout of the labs, offices and workspace are such to help encourage and facilitate collaborative interaction between faculty and students. Click here to read more. 


Tory Building

The Tory building was the first building on campus. It was named after the first President of Carleton College, Henry Marshall Tory. The Department of Biology's undergraduate life sciences laboratories are housed here.


Carleton Technology & Training Centre

The Carleton Technology and Training Centre is home to the University’s Health Services, the Co-op Office, pharmacy, dental clinic, “Treats”, and a variety of Ottawa-based companies and associations, as well as faculty offices in the Department of Biology.