Type of entity
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- Dal Science
- Dalhousie University. Faculty of Arts and Science (1906-1988)
- Dalhousie University. Faculty of Pure and Applied Science (1891-1906)
- Dalhousie University. Faculty of Science (1880-1891)
- Dalhousie University. Faculty of Arts. Department of Science (1878-1880)
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Dates of existence
The Faculty of Science was established 1 July 1988, composed of science departments within the former Faculty of Arts and Science. The restructuring of the Faculty began in 1986 with the establishment of a committee to consider its future direction. The Smith Report, drafted in 1987 by Rowland Smith, McCulloch Professor of English and Acting Dean of Arts and Science, recommended the division of Arts and Science, which was followed by a faculty-wide referendum resulting in marginal favour of the decision.
Historically, a Department of Science was first established in connection with the Faculty of Arts in 1878. In 1880 it became the Faculty of Science, reorganized in 1891 as the Faculty of Pure and Applied Science. By 1906, that faculty had been divided and the Department of Pure Science united with the Faculty of Arts to become the Faculty of Arts and Science, a title which lasted until the administrative division in 1988. The Faculty of Applied Science became the first (short-lived) Faculty of Engineering, discontinued after the 1909 opening of the Nova Scotia Technical College.
Dal Science is currently Dalhousie University's largest faculty, with eight departments offering 19 undergraduate degree programs and 10 programs leading to graduate degrees.
Functions, occupations and activities
The Faculty of Science administers and delivers undergraduate and graduate programs in departments and academic units including: Biology; Chemistry; Earth Sciences; Economics; Environmental Science; Marine Affairs; Medical Sciences; Mathematics & Statistics; Oceanography; Physics & Atmospheric Science; Psychology & Neuroscience. The Faculty also collaborates with the Faculty of Medicine's departments of Biochemistry & Molecular Biology and Microbiology & Immunology to offer undergraduate degrees in those disciplines.
The Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences Research Office facilitates research in humanities, social sciences and performing arts at Dalhousie University in four strategic research areas: Critical Health and Technology; Culture and Identity; Ethics and Social Justice; and Governance, Security and Global Affairs. It works to raise the institutional and external profile of research through lectures series, exhibitions and displays, and publications.