Stats and Strengths

The College of Sciences is NC State’s home for the physical, chemical, mathematical, statistical, biological and earth-system sciences. With nearly 4,000 students and more than $40 million in annual research expenditures, we're one of the largest and most research-intensive colleges at the university.

World-class scholars, world-changing research

College of Sciences faculty and students are working across disciplines to solve society’s greatest challenges and make bold new discoveries. We’ve compiled a select list of national honors received by our faculty.

  • Nearly 400 active research projects
  • $41 million in research expenditures annually
  • More than 850 graduate students
  • 37 winners of highly competitive Faculty Early Career Awards since 2004
  • 1 member of the prestigious National Academy of Sciences: David Aspnes (physics)
  • 12 elected fellows of the American Association for the Advancement of Science
  • 8 faculty honorees at NC State’s 2018 Celebration of Faculty Excellence (out of 29 honorees university-wide)
  • 7 winners of 2018 Alumni Association faculty awards (out of 22 honorees university-wide)
  • Fifth nationally in total R&D expenditures in the mathematical and statistical sciences
  • Third nationally among land-grant universities in National Research Council ranking of research doctorate programs in genetics

37 winners of Faculty Early Career Awards since 2004

These highly competitive awards from national agencies are among the most prestigious honors young faculty can receive.

Producing tomorrow's science leaders

The college is committed to diversifying the science and mathematics pipeline and promoting science literacy nationwide.

  • More than 4,000 students
  • 16 bachelor’s, 23 master’s, 14 doctoral degree programs
  • Producer of a significant portion of the nation’s African-American math and physics PhDs over the last decade
  • The Science House education and outreach program, with offices across the state, serves 4,000 teachers and 67,000 students annually
  • State of the Sciences, serving hundreds of scientists and science fans, is NC State’s premier science education outreach initiative

8,000 teachers and 57,000 students served annually

The Science House, the college's K-12 outreach unit, serves students and teachers across the state

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Partnerships that advance science

The college works with nationally recognized partners to advance science knowledge.

  • Center for Marine Sciences and Technology (Morehead City, NC)
  • Cooperative Institute for Climate and Satellites — North Carolina (Asheville, NC)
  • North Carolina Museum of Natural Sciences (Raleigh)
  • Southeast Climate Science Center (Raleigh)
  • State Climate Office (Raleigh)