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Natural Sciences & Mathematics

Message from the Dean

Dean KutateladzeWelcome to the Division of Natural Sciences and Mathematics (NSM) at the University of Denver. If you are a prospective student still contemplating your field of study, this is the right time for an inquisitive mind - sciences and math are cool again! We are proud to be a part of sustained effort to reinvigorate the STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics) education, which is critical for the nation's future as the world's leader in cutting-edge science and technology. Our academic departments which include Biological Sciences, Chemistry and Biochemistry, Geography and the Environment, Physics and Astronomy, and Mathematics, together with The Eleanor Roosevelt Institute (a biomedical research center), offer a broad range of exciting programs of study leading to undergraduate B.A. and B.S. degrees or graduate M.A., M.S., and Ph.D. degrees.

Our students enjoy unprecedented access to research opportunities, which greatly enhance their educational experience here at DU. Still not sure if studying sciences and math is your passion? Feel free to browse web pages of individual departments and programs within NSM. Observe Physics undergraduates applying Atomic Force Microscopy to reveal the shapes of nanometer-sized objects; or Chemistry undergraduates probing the quantum states of electrons and nuclei with the help of modern Magnetic Resonance instruments; or Biochemistry students designing new smart molecules to help fighting nasty diseases; or Biology students deciphering the workings of tiny compartments in living cells with state-of-the-art Confocal Fluorescence Microscope; or Geography students working with cutting-edge geospatial software to map out population and natural resource information and make it readily available at your fingertips; or Mathematics students uncovering the mysteries of chaos theory and proving new theorems in their senior honors thesis; or Astronomy students peering into the endless Universe through the telescope at DU's very own Meyer-Womble Observatory atop Mt. Evans, one of Colorado's 53 "fourteneers".

Groundbreaking research of NSM faculty is supported by grants from federal and private funding agencies, such as the National Institutes of Health, National Science Foundation, Department of Energy, Department of Defense, Petroleum Research Fund, and others. The Office of Provost makes additional internal funds available to seed high-impact studies and to support research projects of our undergraduates through the PINS (Partners IN Scholarship) grants.

On our web site you will find detailed information about the NSM programs and degree requirements. Please, let us help you achieve your educational and career goals. Join a vibrant community of more than nine hundred undergraduate majors and graduate students in the Division of Natural Sciences and Mathematics, and enjoy the journey.

Welcome to NSM.

Andrei Kutateladze

More about Dr. Kutateladze

Dr. Andrei Kutateladze has led the Division of Natural Sciences & Mathematics as Dean since 2012. An organic chemist educated at Russia’s Moscow State University, he joined the faculty of DU’s Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry in 1995 and was named a John Evans Professor in 2008.

Kutateladze is a leading expert on organic photochemistry who, for more than a decade, has served on the field's governing body, the sub-committee for Photochemistry of the International Union for Pure and Applied Chemistry (IUPAC). He is a member of the editorial board of the Journal of Photochemistry and Photobiologyand also served on the Advisory Board of the Inter-American Photochemical Society.

Kutateladze has authored more than 130 peer-reviewed papers in top scientific journals, as well as the CRC Press book “Computational Methods in Photochemistry.” He also has five patents to his name. He is a recipient of DU’s Distinguished Scholar Award and the National Science Foundation’s CAREER Award.

In addition to mentoring undergraduate and graduate students in organic photochemistry — which studies interactions of organic molecules and light — Kutateladze and his team have developed a number of fundamentally new light-triggered synthetic transformations to rapidly access complex alkaloid-like polyheterocyclic molecular architectures as potential drug candidates. These lead compounds are tested for biological activity in collaboration with scientists around the world and the National Cancer Institute. Kutateladze’s lab is also a part of Eli Lilly’s Open Innovation Drug Discovery program.