Message from the Dean

Welcome to the website of the Faculty of Natural Sciences.

 If you are a prospective student still contemplating on your field of study, this is the right time to cultivate an inquisitive mind for sciences and mathematics! Study in the sciences can take you anywhere. Your science studies would lay the foundation for your journey to become a scientist or science-based professional in the 21st century. The skills in critical and quantitative analysis, and communication that you will develop on the way can be a highly valuable foundation for a vast array of other careers.

The Faculty of Natural Science at OUSL has over 30 years of experience delivering Science degree programmes through Open and Distance Learning (ODL) methodologies. Due to the nature of its teaching methodology and infrastructure, OUSL is able to serve a large student population spread throughout the country successfully. Currently, the Faculty of Natural Science offers a wide range of quality academic programmes in various disciplines in the sciences. You can choose from a collection of programmes leading to Certificates, Diplomas, Degrees and Post-Graduate qualifications based on your interest and career prospects.

All our programmes are specially designed to suit those with other commitments such as full-time employment, financial obligations and family commitments. Our unique system of ODL, developed over the years, gives you the flexibility to engage in your studies at your own place and at your own pace, at an affordable price.

The degrees awarded by the OUSL are given the same recognition as those awarded to students studying at other Sri Lankan national universities who offer programmes through the face-to-face mode. The courses on offer at OUSL are suited to all those who wish to obtain up-to-date knowledge, skills and insights into the various disciplines of science to meet the challenges of today’s dynamic, complex and competitive environment. Further, your training in the sciences involves not only acquiring new knowledge, but also applying findings to improve our world, and developing the critical reasoning and problem-solving skills required to use scientific knowledge wisely. It will equip you with the ability to contribute to the new frontiers in science discovery.

You will find that the staff members in the Faculty are committed to sharing their expertise with the students. Our Faculty has successfully educated thousands of individuals throughout the country. Our learner support system will guide you and assist you at every stage of your academic career from your very first day of registration up to completion of the programme.

Studying at a university is a challenge. Being a distance learner can be even more challenging. As I mentioned earlier, you have the flexibility to choose the place, time and space at which you will pursue your studies at OUSL. However, you should be self-motivated, persistent, learn to work independently, learn to manage your time and be determined to work hard to complete your studies.

We are proud to say that many of our past students hold responsible positions today and make a valuable contribution to the nation through their work in different fields such as research, teaching and administration both in the state and private sector. Hope you too will find our courses interesting, motivating and useful and your learning experience rewarding and enjoyable.

On our web site you will find detailed information about the academic programs, requirements and other relevant details. I invite you to take advantage of the university-level prospects to reach your personal and career goals. I wish you good luck in all your future endeavours.

On behalf of our Faculty I wish you good luck in all your future endeavors.

Professor J. C. N. Rajendra
Dean/Faculty of Natural Sciences
The Open University of Sri Lanka Nawala, Nugegoda
Sri Lanka
Tel: 94 11 2881258

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