The Faculty of Arts and Science was the first faculty organized at the University, by a resolution of the first meeting of the Senate in March 1908. Dr. W.A.R. Kerr was named Dean in 1914. In 1963 the Faculty was divided: humanities and social sciences were assigned to the new Faculty of Arts; natural sciences to the new Faculty of Science.
Courses in the physical sciences provide a core of studies for other faculties, especially Agriculture, Engineering and Medicine. In the subject areas of geography, psychology and linguistics it is possible to obtain a degree in either Arts or Science. The Departments that make up the Faculty of Science are: Botany, Chemistry, Computing Science, Genetics, Geography, Geology, Mathematics, Microbiology, Physics, Psychology, Statistics and Applied Probability, and Zoology.
Deans 1963-1965 Max Wyman 1965-1977 Donald Murray Ross 1977-1982 Kenneth B. Newbound 1982-1991 W. John McDonald Photographs, 1971, 0.02 m Photographs 1971 Opening of the Biological Sciences Building and facilities for departments in the Faculty of Science. Includes views of the departments of Botany, Genetics, Microbiology, Psychology, Zoology; the Paleobotany Collection and the electron microscope (26 photonegatives). See also: Faculty of Arts and Science; Graduate Science Club; Science Association
The subject of botany was taught through the Department of Biology from 1912 until 1922 when its own department was established. Its facilities include herbaria, a phytotron and access to the Devonian Botanic Gardens. One of the Departmentís extensive research programs was a five-year study of the ecosystem of Devon Island, Northwest Territories, in conjunction with the International Biological Programmeís Tundra Biome Project.
Heads 1912-1939 Francis John Lewis 1939-1957 Ezra Henry Moss 1957-1966 Harold Johnston Brodie 1966-1969 Wilson H. Stewart Chairs 1969-1971 Wilson N. Stewart 1971-1979 Paul R. Gorham 1976-1977 Wilson N. Stewart 1979-1984 David D. Cass 1984- Keith E. Denford Text, 1969-1975, 0.40 m Devon Island Research Project 1969-1975 Proposal; correspondence; reports; publication, 1977. See also: Faculty of Arts and Science; Faculty of Science; Faculty of Agriculture; Department of Plant Science; Devonian Botanic Garden; Mold Herbarium; Eleanor Silver (Dowding) Keeping; Harold Brodie; Ezra Moss
In existence since the beginning of the University, the Chemistry Department has evolved since the 1950s from principally a teaching role into a research and teaching unit. In addition to undergraduate and graduate instruction, the Department has conducted research in fields including natural resources, biochemistry, analytical chemistry, and physical chemistry.
Heads 1909-1930 August H. Lehman 1930-1942 John W. Shipley 1942-1957 Osman James Walker 1957-1969 Harry E. Gunning Chairs 1969-1974 Harry E. Gunning 1974-1979 Walter Edgar Harris 1979-1985 Robert J. Crawford 1985-1990 Robert Beatty Jordan 1990- Byron George Kratochvil Text, 1909-1981, 5.04 m Examinations 1962-1975 Financial 1938-1940,  Publications 1909-1981 Bound offprints of staff research publications. See also: Faculty of Arts and Science; Walter E. Harris; Byron G. Kratochvil
The first computer services at the University were provided by the Committee on Electronic Equipment (1957) and the Computing Centre (1958-1970) before the Department of Computing Science, an academic unit, was founded in 1964. Significant areas of research conducted in the Department include artificial intelligence, networks, databases, graphics, and computer chess.
Directors 1960-1964 Donald Burton Scott Heads 1964-1971 Donald Burton Scott Chairs 1971-1972 John Penny (Acting) 1972-1977 Arthur Wouk 1976-1977 John Tartar (Acting) 1977-1981 John Tartar 1981-1982 L. Wayne Jackson (Acting) 1982-1983 Wayne A. Davis (Acting) 1983-1988 Lee J. White 1988-1989 Robert Crawford (Acting) 1989- Paul Sorenson Text, 1958-1980, 1.03 m Chairís office 1958-1975 Correspondence; notes. Memorabilia 1965-1975 Student Oriented Batch Facility. Publications -1980 See also: University Computing Systems; General Faculties Council; Department of Mathematics.
Originally a division of the Department of Political Economy, the Department of Geography offers programs in both the Faculty of Science and the Faculty of Arts in the areas of physical, applied and human geography, as well as a specialization stream in meteorology.
The Department is equipped for research in cartography, biogeography, geomorphology, meteorology and hydrology. It is co-sponsor of the Canadian Circumpolar Institute (formerly the Boreal Institute for Northern Studies) and supports the University Map Collection.
Heads 1957-1967 William Clare Wonders Chairs 1967-1975 Peter J. Smith 1975-1980 Ian Alexander N. Campbell 1980-1985 Robert G. Ironside 1985- M. John Hodgson Text, 1954-1989, 2.59 m Chairís office 1954-1969 Professional congresses 1972-1976 Includes organization of meetings; publications. Publications 1969-1974 Research 1989 Tornado study project, by members of the Division of Meteorology. See also: W.C. Wonders; Canadian Circumpolar Institute; International Geographical Union
One of the early departments at the University, the Geology Departmentís surveys of the geology and stratigraphy of Alberta contributed to the development of the provinceís natural resources. In addition to undergraduate and graduate studies in geology, the Department offers an undergraduate program in palaeontology in cooperation with the Department of Zoology. Researchers in the Department have done work in fields such as ore geology, invertebrate and vertebrate palaeontology, stratigraphy and isotope geochemistry.
Heads 1912-1949 John Andrew Allan 1949-1955 Percival Sidney Warren 1955-1969 Robert Edward Follinsbee Chairs 1969-1970 Robert Edward Follinsbee 1970-1980 Richard St. J. Lambert 1980- Nathaniel W. Rutter 1989- Brian D.E. Chatterton Multiple media, 1907-1970, 14.36 m Chairís office 1921-1968 Consulting 1927-1956 Departmental library 1921-1954 Equipment 1922-1951 Field work 1921-1936 Includes maps; photographs, 1910-1936. Memberships 1923-1968 Museum 1920-1951 Photographs 1907-1954, 1968 Includes field work photographs taken by John A. Allan, 1909- 1912. Publications 1919-1965 Reports 1920-1935 Research 1955-1969 Includes coal; oil sands. Speeches, talks, addresses 1921-1935 Includes radio broadcasts. Staff 1922-1966 Students 1922-1970 Includes studentsí research reports. Guide to photographs, 1909-1954; See also: Faculty of Arts and Science; Department of Mining, Metallurgical and Petroleum Engineering; Alberta Research Council
In existence since the Universityís opening classes, the Department of Mathematics offers undergraduate and graduate programs with interdisciplinary components in statistics, physics and computing science, as well as an undergraduate program in the Faculty of Arts. The Department has done active research in areas such as mathematical physics, topology, differential equations and mathematical biology. It is associated with the Applied Mathematics Institute at the University.
Professors 1908-1910 Henry Marshall Tory 1910-1947 Ernest Wilson Sheldon 1947-1954 John William Campbell 1954-1961 Ernest Sydney "Frank" Keeping Heads 1961-1963 Max Wyman 1963-1964 Leo Moser 1964-1966 Andrew Lloyd Dulmage 1964-1966 Arthur E. Livingstone 1966 Leo Moser Chairs 1966-1971 John Ross McGregor 1969-1970 W.A. Al-Salam (Acting) 1971-1975 Sudhish G. Ghurye [1975-1976] L. Amram Meir (Acting) [1976-1981] Murray S. Klamkin 1981-1986 Jack W. Macki [1986-1987] Herbert I. Freedman (Acting) [1987-1991] Lynn H. Erbe - Ronald D. Bercov Text, 1913-1975, [0.05] m Departmental minutes 1913-1961 Examinations 1947-1949, 1975 Publications 1966-1971 Includes E.S. Keeping: A Short History of the Mathematics Department, 1971. See also: Department of Physics; Department of Computing Science; Mathematics Club; Science Association; Max Wyman; Ernest S. Keeping; Ernest W. Sheldon
Established at the same time that the University opened, the Department of Physics has conducted research in the area of astrophysics, geophysics, solid state physics, medical physics, nuclear physics and theoretical physics. It operates the Universityís Observatory and houses two institutes, the Theoretical Physics Institute (founded 1960) and the Institute of Earth and Planetary Physics (1970). The Department is one of the contributors to the TRIUMF particle accelerator project located at the University of British Columbia.
Professors 1909-1912 [Mr.] Hargraves 1912-1929 Robert William Boyle 1929-1932 Stanley Smith (Acting) 1932-1942 Stanley Smith Heads 1942-1945 Robert James Lang 1945-1948 George Otty Langstroth 1948-1949 Robert James Lang 1949-1964 Hugh Grayson-Smith Chairs 1964-1967 Harry Schiff 1967-1976 Jack T. Sample 1973-1974 Ernest R. Kanasewich (Acting) 1976-1980 W. John McDonald 1980- Abdul Naim Kamal [1985-1989] George Leslie Cumming  Abdul Naim Kamal (Acting) 1989- Henry R. Glyde Multiple media, 1917-1980, 0.56 m Departmental committees 1968-1980 Examinations 1942-1973 Memoirs 1964 By Dr. Hugh Grayson-Smith, 1949-1964. Photographs 1917-1967 Mainly military courses, 1941-1944. See also: Department of Mathematics; Department of Radio and Television; Institute of Earth and Planetary Physics
This department has undergone a number of discipline permutations, beginning as the Philosophy and Psychology Department, then becoming the Philosophy, Psychology and Education Department in the 1920s, and finally being granted its own department in 1960. Spanning the Faculties of both Science and Arts, its research interests have recently lain mainly in the realm of experimental psychology. It is also associated with the Universityís interdisciplinary Centre for Advanced Study in Theoretical Psychology.
Heads 1909-1945 John Malcolm MacEachran 1945-1952 John Macdonald 1952-1957 Douglas Elstow Smith 1957-1960 Anthony Manuel Mardiros 1960-1967 Joseph Russell Royce 1967-1969 Thomas M. Nelson Chairs 1969- Thomas M. Nelson 1986- Eugene C. Lechelt Text, 1939-1968, 0.01 m Correspondence 1939-1941 J.M. MacEachran - D.E. Smith, on the Canadian Psychological Association. Departmental history 1968 Covers the years 1909-1968. See also: Faculty of Arts and Science; Faculty of Arts; J.R. Royce; J.M. MacEachran; Department of Educational Psychology; Faculty of Medicine; Faculty of Science
The Department is a centre of work in northern ecology and physiology, and has contributed to the study of teleost fish, reproductive physiology and behaviour, and the ecology of parasites. Research facilities include a departmental museum, biological stations throughout Alberta, biological stations and the Bamfield Marine Station on Vancouver Island in association with the Western Canadian Universities Marine Biological Society. The Department offers a program in palaeontology jointly with the Department of Geology.
Heads 1921-1956 William Rowan 1956-1959 Richard Birnie Miller 1958-1960 John Ralph Nursall (Acting) 1961-1964 Donald Murray Ross 1964-1969 John Ralph Nursall Chairs 1969 John Ralph Nursall [1970-1974] William A. Fuller 1974-1978 John Ralph Nursall 1978-1983 Fu-shiang Chia 1983- Richard E. Peter Multiple media, 1923-1986, 1.26 m Examinations 1975-1977 Photographs , 1975 Includes staff portraits; opening of Rowan Memorial Laboratory. Publications 1923-1968 Reports 1952-1960 Alberta Biological Station research reports. Sound recordings 1986 Memorial service for Professor D.M. Ross. Tundra conference [1968-1970] Relates to the Conference on Productivity and Conservation in Northern Circumpolar Lands, Edmonton, 1969. See also: William Rowan; Faculty of Arts and Science; J. Dewey Soper; Office of the Vice-President (Research); Faculty of Science