Faculty of Science

University of Peradeniya

Faculty of Science

University of Peradeniya

Dean's Message

Faculty of Science is one of the largest academic bodies of the University of Peradeniya. Founded in 1942 and shifted to its present location in 1961, this Faculty has spearheaded Science Tertiary Education in the country for over 70 years. Home to over 90 academic staff, 1700 undergraduate and 100 postgraduate research students, the Faculty offers students a journey of learning and discovery into the natural and computational sciences.

Faculty consists of eight academic Departments, two Units (Computer Science Unit and Science Education Unit) and the Science Education Resource Centre. Faculty annually admits about 500 students and offers several four-year degree programmes, B.Sc. Special Degree in Biology, Botany, Chemistry, Computer Science, Geology, Mathematics, Molecular Biology & Biotechnology, Physics, Statistics and Zoology; B.Sc. in Statistics and Operational Research, and B.Sc. in Computation and Management (jointly with the Faculty of Arts). Faculty continues to offer its three-year B.Sc. General Degree giving the students an option of spending an additional year learning industry-related courses and an industry placement, and obtain B.Sc. in Applied Sciences.

The faculty take great pride in the high quality of our teaching and research. The faculty use imaginative and innovative teaching approaches that not only communicate critical information but also make subject matter delivery alive to the students. We are also proud on the personal attention that we afford on students. Our courses are designed to allow the students acquire skills in laboratory techniques, field work, problem solving etc. and skills in team work, leadership and effective communication to meet the needs of the contemporary society. Our Degree programmes are highly regarded in the world over and provide excellent career opportunities, nationally and internationally. In addition to serving various sectors in the country, a significant number of our graduates are enrolled in M.Sc., M.Phil. and Ph.D. Degree programmes in the most prestigious Universities in the world where they excel.

The faculty is also engaged in ground breaking research and investigations, while being deeply dedicated to undergraduate teaching. Some have won international recognition, prestigious national or international awards and research grants. Substantial numbers of staff receive Presidential Awards in successive years in recognition of their research published in prestigious journals. Research excellence that the faculty has achieved not only contributes to and raises its profile but also affords students an opportunity to engage in cutting edge research projects. Hundreds of undergraduates every year work individually with faculty members in independent studies and research projects.

Most of the laboratories in the Faculty are well equipped with state of the art scientific equipment. Some of the recently acquired equipment include the Scanning Electron Microscope, DNA Sequencer, Atomic Force Microscope, NMR spectrometer, Scanning Tunneling Microscope, X-ray Diffractometer, X-ray Fluorescence Spectrometer, Polarizing Microscope, and quantitative-PCR. In addition there are many other equipment, apparatus and instruments that are routinely used in laboratories.

University of Peradeniya consists of seven other Faculties, three Postgraduate Institutes for Agriculture, Science and Social Sciences and Humanities and several Centres and Units offering numerous services. On campus residential facilities provide the students a unique opportunity for interactions with students in diverse academic disciplines, communities and social backgrounds. The advanced sports and recreational facilities together with a range of life-style options available within the Campus offer the students a memorable learning experience. Our efforts also are enhanced by a worldwide network of inspirational alumni, serving as shining examples of the exceptional Degree programmes that the Faculty offers. For those who consider studying Sciences, the University of Peradeniya has been the obvious choice for their academic home.

Whether you are a newcomer to Science, planning a visit to the Faculty or already a member of our community, I invite all of you to explore this website and learn about the exceptional learning environment, diverse range of study programmes and wealth of services that the Faculty of Science offers.

Dean/Prof. Saluka R. Kodituwakku