Pushing the limits to take you further

The College of Arts and Sciences is a diverse community of exceptional scholars working together toward the common goal of excellence in the pursuit of knowledge, both for its own sake and in service to society.

The College is the University’s largest academic unit and provides the liberal arts foundation for a UAlbany education. In our programs, students explore big ideas and timely, important problems; unleash their creativity and develop their aesthetic sensibility; investigate and analyze the natural world; and develop the flexible intellect required to be engaged local and global citizens.

Message from the Dean

Welcome to the College of Arts and Sciences at the University at Albany.

We are home to departments, centers, institutes, and programs in the arts, sciences, humanities, technology, and beyond. Serving the largest proportion of students at UAlbany, the College strives to be a home for those looking to expand their knowledge and understanding as they prepare for their futures, personally and professionally. Whether focusing on economics, biology, theatre, atmospheric sciences, philosophy, English, sociology or any of our three dozen majors, you'll find the College is on the cutting edge of new developments in learning, teaching, and research.

We are in the midst of celebrating our Silver Anniversary — 25 years of the College of Arts and Sciences — and the achievements of our faculty, staff, students, and alumni. I am pleased to call the College my home, having been part of the Department of Psychology for over 25 years. I am honored and humbled to return as Interim Dean to a College that is steeped in a tradition of research and creative engagement, ready to step into the next decade of scholarship.

Dr. Jeanette Altarriba
Interim Dean, College of Arts and Sciences

Featured News

  • UAlbany art professor JoAnne Carson art

    UAlbany Art Professor JoAnne Carson's 25 Year Survey of Work at OPALKA Gallery

    The Opalka Gallery in Albany is currently exhibiting a twenty-five year survey of the work of University at Albany studio art professor JoAnne Carson. There will be a reception on Friday, February 7, from 6-8 p.m., with an artist's tour at 5 p.m. There will also be an artist's lecture on Tuesday, February 18 at 6:30 p.m. Read more

  • xCITE Lab's Kara Sulia

    A Look Inside the xCITE Laboratory

    Tucked into a converted office space at the Atmospheric Sciences Research Center (ASRC), Kara Sulia and Arnoldas Kurbanovas are helping scientists better visualize and communicate their story. The two lead operations at the xCITE (ExTREME Collaboration, Innovation, & TEchnology) laboratory, a state-of-the-art data and visual analytics center that is connecting atmospheric science research and applications with emerging technologies – such as artificial intelligence (A.I.) and machine learning, data analytics, virtual reality, and application development.   Read more

  • Marlene Belfort receiving honorary degree from University of Cape Town

    Distinguished Professor Marlene Belfort receives honorary doctorate from the University of Cape Town

    Distinguished Professor Marlene Belfort of the departments of Biological Sciences and Biomedical Sciences at UAlbany, received her honorary doctorate in recognition of her exceptional contributions to the field of molecular genetics, and for the generous support and mentorship she has offered countless other women scientists, technicians, students and even high school pupils over the years. Watch acceptance speech.   Read more

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    Albany Visualization and Informatics Lab Cited for Work on MitigateNY

    The Albany Visualization and Informatics Lab (AVAIL), a data science and planning laboratory at the University at Albany partnered with the NYS Division of Homeland Security and Emergency Services to transform the state’s hazard mitigation plan from a static, linear, 2,000-page document into a living, data-forward, nonproprietary, web-based planning platform called MitigateNY.  Read more


Women in Science and Health (WISH) Seek to Improve the Environment for Women in STEM fields

The science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) fields have long been dominated by men, but fortunately that is changing. The number of women choosing STEM careers is increasing. However, the support needed to continue and strengthen this trend is still lacking.

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Contact Us

Arts & Sciences 217
1400 Washington Avenue
Albany, NY 12222
PH: 518-442-4651
Email the Dean's Office

Fall & Spring Semester Office Hours:
M-F 8:30 a.m.- 4:30 p.m.
Closed for lunch 12:00 - 1:00 p.m.

Summer & Intersession Hours:
M-F 8:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.
Closed for lunch 12:00 - 1:00 p.m.

Office Closed:
New Year’s Day
Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Holiday Monday
Washington’s Birthday Holiday Monday
Memorial Day Monday
Independence Day (July 4th)
Labor Day Monday
Columbus Day Monday
Veteran’s Day
Thanksgiving Day and the day after
Christmas Day