Faculty of Science

Welcome to the Faculty of Science

We are a thriving community of scholars, researchers and teachers with a passion for learning and exchanging ideas.

Our mission is to create, disseminate, and apply scientific knowledge. We innovate and excel in teaching and research, so as to advance the goals of the University and the development of society.



Carleton welcomes new deans

Meet Chuck Macdonald and Pauline Rankin, newly appointed deans in the Faculty of Science and the Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences.

Throwback 2018: Live Podcast Time! Minding the Brain

The Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences and the Faculty of Science invites you to a live recording of the popular podcast Minding the Brain hosted by world-renowned experts and Carleton professors Kim Hellemans (Department of Neuroscience) and Jim Davies (Institute of Cognitive Science).

Did you know the Bookstore offers Textbook rentals?

Students can now rent textbooks from the Carleton Bookstore, saving them up to 65 per cent off the cost of buying a new book. Students can still write, highlight and add notes in a rented book, just like a purchased copy. They get the textbook for the entire semester, and can choose to convert it to a purchase if they decide they want to keep it.

Visiting Scholars Talk Science Around The Campfire

After a long cold walk in Gatineau Park last winter, Brazilian biodiversity researcher Eliana Cazetta found herself inside a woodstove-warmed backcountry cabin, discussing an academic paper with Carleton Biology Prof. Lenore Fahrig and a group of her students.

Improving Medical Marijuana

Dementia, epilepsy, Tourette’s syndrome. Its fiercest advocates insist that cannabis will cure whatever ails you, and there’s no shortage of anecdotes to support these claims. But when it comes to peer-reviewed research, facts are harder to come by.

Solving the Parkinson’s Puzzle: Carleton researchers try new approach to stopping the devastating disease

DeRosa’s research group, the Laboratory for Aptamer Discovery and Development of Emerging Research (LADDER), wants to develop aptamers for use in fertilizers that seek out specific plants, for instance, or to detect toxins in food and airborne chemicals. And through a series of collaborations with Carleton Neuroscience Prof. Matthew Holahan, she has also started hunting for aptamers that may help stop the second-most common neurodegenerative brain disorder – Parkinson’s disease.

Canada to lead ‘coldbox’ technology for High-Luminosity LHC upgrade with $10M from Government of Canada

In total, there are over 250 researchers, graduate students, and technical staff from leading Canadian universities and TRIUMF involved in the CERN programme. Canadian subatomic and accelerator researchers, engineers, and technicians have longstanding collaborations with CERN in many other areas, including experimental particle physics (ATLAS), rare isotope physics (ISOLDE), low-energy anti-proton and anti-hydrogen (ALPHA and ALPHA-g) including the accelerator aspects (ELENA), accelerator R&D (including AWAKE and HL-LHC developments), rare kaon decays (NA62), and strong synergy in theoretical physics work.

Grad Research: What Happens When Humans Remove Predators?

PhD student Robert Lennox and a team of researchers have discovered that removing predators such as wolves or sharks can have a negative impact on predator and prey populations. Instead, the researchers argue that there are more effective measures that can be taken. The results are available in an academic journal called "Biological Conservation". Lennox wrote about his research in "The Conversation".