College of Sciences

College of Sciences

Excellence in Research

The UTSA College of Sciences is dedicated to preparing the next generation of scientists to take their place in the workforce as well-educated, highly trained citizen leaders and to increasing scientific literacy within the community. It is home to more than 5,200 undergraduate and graduate students, a community committed to innovation and excellence in the classroom and the laboratory.

With more than $26 million in annual research expenditures, the college is the most productive research community at UTSA. Faculty, staff and students in the College of Sciences make significant contributions in many fields, including nanotechnology, brain health, stem cells, medicinal drugs, infectious diseases and vaccine development, and cybersecurity, where UTSA ranks No. 1 in the nation.

Students who attend UTSA may choose to study the sciences in one of seven departments: biology, chemistry, computer science, environmental sciences and ecology, geological sciences, mathematics, and physics and astronomy. A diverse community enriches the educational experience at UTSA, where more than half of students are from underrepresented minorities and about 45 percent will be the first in their families to earn a degree.

Notably, the UTSA College of Sciences offers a unique program for prospective teachers who are interested in STEM-related topics. The UTeachSA program develops a pipeline of highly qualified math and science teachers by providing UTSA students with an enriched instructional curriculum to earn their math or science degree along with their teaching credential in four years.

The college also has a strong community outreach mission. It offers nearly two dozen programs to engage youth in STEM-related topics and careers to prepare students for the rigors of a university curriculum. It also draws post-doctoral fellows from the international community to study alongside UTSA’s world-class researchers.

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One of the top four young universities in the nation
— Times Higher Education
The nation’s top university for cybersecurity education and research
— Ponemon Institute / Hewlett-Packard
The nation’s second top graduate program for cybersecurity
One of the nation’s top 140 graduate programs in biology
One of the nation’s top 120 graduate programs in chemistry
— U.S. News and World Report
One of the top 10 public universities in the nation for promoting research and enabling social mobility
— Brookings Institution
Among an elite group of U.S. universities to earn the Carnegie Foundation’s Community Engagement Classification
— Carnegie Foundation of the Advancement of Teaching
One of the “Best of the Best” U.S. universities for minorities, veterans, females, people with disabilities and the LGBT population
— Hispanic Network Magazine


UTSA at a Glance

UTSA Established




Top Quartile Freshmen


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Financial Aid Recipients



157 degree programs

Library Print, Photograph and E-resources

7.4 Million+

Total Budget

$547.7 Million





Local Economic Impact

$1.2 billion

Research and Development Expenditures

$69.1 Million



UTSA’s Mission

The University of Texas at San Antonio is dedicated to the advancement of knowledge through research and discovery, teaching and learning, community engagement and public service. As an institution of access and excellence, UTSA embraces multicultural traditions and serves as a center for intellectual and creative resources as well as a catalyst for socioeconomic development - for Texas, the nation and the world.

UTSA’s Vision

To be a premier public research university, providing access to educational excellence and preparing citizen leaders for the global environment.

UTSA’s Core Values

We encourage an environment of dialogue and discovery, where integrity, excellence, inclusiveness, respect, collaboration and innovation are fostered.