Welcome to the Faculty of Natural Sciences
The Faculty of Natural Sciences has over 33 years of experience in delivering science degree programmes adopting the Open and Distance Learning (ODL) methodologies. The Faculty functions under the leadership of the Dean, who is the administrative and the academic head. It consists of six Departments: Botany, Chemistry, Computer Science, Mathematics, Physics and Zoology. In keeping with the mission and objectives of the Faculty, it currently offers 14 programmes of study ranging from Certificate to Postgraduate level, as well as stand-alone courses and short courses.
The programmes of study offered by the Faculty of Natural Sciences are designed to develop competency in the area of specialisation, the soft skills and the technology needed for the 21stCenturyworld of work. Further, learners are given several opportunities to enhance their career paths and continuously instil a passion for lifelong learning.
The mission of the Faculty of Natural Sciences:
To be innovative in teaching-learning and research demonstrating leadership in Open Distance Learning (ODL) in science with a commitment to achieve national goals.
Objectives of the Faculty of Natural Sciences:
- To develop motivated personnel successful in their academic, career & lifelong learning goals
- To offer quality programmes informed by current needs and demands
- To support the community and the nation through partnerships and public service
- To promote research, scholarship and enterprise activities
- To increase the outreach of the sciences via open access via distance education.
BSc Degree Programme
Advanced Certificate in Science Programme
Faculty Awards Ceremony – 2021
Faculty Awards Ceremony 2021 of the Faculty of Natural Sciences was held on the 23rd Feb 2022 at the Conference Hall of the OUSL. The Vice Chancellor, Prof. P.M.C. Thilakarathne, of the OUSL graced the occasion as the Chief Guest. This year 88 students, who excelled in their studies in various disciplines / courses in the academic year 2019/2020, have received 99 merit certificates and/or scholarships.