Departments

The Faculty of Mathematics and Natural Sciences is divided into eight departments, namely Mathematics, Physics, Chemistry, Pharmacy, Biology, Geography, Geosciences, and Marine Sciences.

These departments collaborate inter-disciplinarily with many institutions of Kiel University. The Clusters of Excellence “Future Ocean” and “Inflammation at Interfaces” as well as the Graduate School “Human Development in Landscapes” and the research focus “Nano Science and Surface Research” are all based upon research in natural science.

Department of Geosciences

Part of the Department of Geoscience is the  Institute of Geosciences, which has its focus on Applied Geoscience and Marine Geoscience.

Museums

The Faculty of Mathematics and Natural Sciences is affiliated with three museums: the Botanical Garden, the Zoological Museum and the Geological and Mineralogical Museum.

The Botanical Garden (in German), part of the Department of Biology, hosts various trees from Asia, America, and Europe. Also on display are diverse biotopes and biological areas, a rose garden (“Rosarium”), a medical herb garden, a collection of Alpine plants, a landscape with Southern European plants, and many more attractions. In seven conservatories, plants from remote climate zones can be viewed – among them the largest water lily in the world. The University-owned herbarium contains 100,000 specimens from a quarter of a millennium. It is the most extensive collection of plants in the state of Schleswig-Holstein and includes particular collections of explorers from all around the world. In addition, visitors can visit the special collection of medical herbaria, the carpological collection and wood samples. Read more…(in German)

The Zoological Museum, affiliated with the Department of Biology, is one of the oldest museums of natural history in Germany. During the 19th century, the museum grew to be one of the most important scientific institutes in Germany.  To this day it hosts unique collections of highly scientific and cultural importance. They are true archives of life and are at the disposal of scientists via on-line databases and collection libraries. Historical files and books are also available to colleges and universities.
The collection on display imparts knowledge of findings in marine science, zoology and with reference to evolution. Naturally, the original specimens are always in the limelight. Read more…

Stones from outer space, which came into existence 4.6 billion years ago in the solar system, fall to Earth rarely and at irregular intervals. A few of these can be viewed at the Geological and Mineralogical Museum (in German), which is part of the Department of Geoscience at Kiel University. Other objects on display are one of the largest plates from an iron meteorite found in Greenland, and a stone meteorite which fell on Kiel in 1962. Fossils and rocks from the Earth’s early history, from the Precambrian period to 600 years ago and even today, objects that originated from space or from the bottom of the sea are filed and displayed at the museum. A highlight is the collection of fossils found in Southern Germany, dating back to the Jura period. Another attraction is the amber collection. Their formation and their variety are part of the exhibition. Visitors can view of the insects caught in the fossils and compare the real amber with artificial ones and similar looking rocks. Another impressive display are the bones of mammals that lived during the ice age. Read more... (in German)