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Overview and History


The Faculty of Science consists of the Departments of Botany, Chemistry, Computer Science, Mathematics, Physics and Zoology. In addition, there is a Computer Unit, which caters to the needs of the faculty, and the University in general. The Faculty offers primarily undergraduate courses via. the Bachelor of Science (B.Sc.) and Bachelor of Computer Science (B.C.S) General Degrees of three year duration and B.Sc. and B.C.S. Special Degrees of four-year duration. The undergraduate programme comprises of a large number of course units offered by individual departments. The Faculty offers postgraduate degree programmes leading to the M.Sc., M.Phil. and Ph.D. All the departments possess well-equipped laboratories and other infrastructure facilities for teaching and research work. At present, the Faculty admits 130 students for Biological Science, 210 students for Physical Science and 50 students for Computer Science streams annually. The selection of students for undergraduate courses is done by the University Grants Commission of Sri Lanka, based on the performance of students in the relevant General Certificate Examination (Advanced Level).

Vision Statement

“To be the outstanding internationally respected academic center of excellence which proudly affirms its Sri Lankan identity and which is committed to rigorous scholarship, academic freedom, sound moral values and social responsibility”

Mission Statement

“To produce outstanding internationally accredited graduates who are innovative, analytical, articulate, balanced and adaptable, with lifelong interest of learning; and to strive, through quality teaching, research and community service, to contribute to the advancement of scholarship and the enrichment of the education, cultural, economic and natural environments of the people we serve”

Aims of the Faculty

The main objective of the faculty is to produce high quality Science graduates in both biological and physical sciences to cater in diverse fields of science in the country itself and outside. The degree programmes offered by the faculty have been designed to develop the following attributes in each student:

  • Sound knowledge in subject matter
  • Effective communication
  • Work in a team to achieve a set target
  • Use computers for specific purposes
  • Managing a team to fulfill a particular target effectively and efficiently
  • Responsibilities towards the fellow community

In order to achieve the above aims the students are free to select well designed course units that provide:

  • A sound knowledge in basic scientific concepts in various subjects
  • A basic understanding of principles of scientific methods and their application
  • Apply knowledge to solve real world problems
  • Learn effective and efficient communication methods through report writing, presentations,
    brainstorming sessions etc.
  • Participating in various outreach activities

The University of Ruhuna Science graduate has secured a place in the society as an innovator, inventor, researcher, scholar, manager and a creative and global thinker.