The History of the Faculty

The History of the Faculty

Educational units
ELTE's Faculty of Science is the largest institution in Hungary, where all natural sciences are represented on the highest standard.

The intellectual capital accumulated here provides students with a unique opportunity to broaden their minds, use their personal resources, and thus move closer to knowledge-intensive information societies. More than 460 researchers work at ELTE's Faculty of Science's five scientific Institutes. Several of our current lecturers were awarded the Széchenyi Prize, the Szent-Györgyi Albert Prize, or other similarly honorable prizes. Our programs encompass the full spectrum of natural sciences. Our Faculty has five Institutes encompassing seven scientific fields and one educational organization, all under the direct leadership of the Dean. All of them take part in our environmental sciences program.

ELTE's Institute of Biology is home to Hungary's most diverse community of biologists. The fact that we are a research university ensures that our graduates are welcomed in numerous fields of medicine, environmental protection, healthcare, and environmental industry both in Hungary and the world. We were the first to compare the brain activity of dogs and humans during emotional reactions. We created new possibilities in the therapy of heart attack and brain hemorrhage by developing active agents through directed protein evolution.

ELTE's Institute of Geography and Earth Sciences is the largest and most diverse Institute of the Faculty. The focus of research is Earth, humanity's home, and its broader and narrower cosmic environment. During its 130 years history, the Institute's predecessors have always been decisive actors of the country's geographer and geography teacher training. Our actors have active connections with domestic and international research institutes, market actors, governmental and municipal decision-makers. The Institute is divided into two centers: the Center of Geography focuses on our planet's surface, its formation, and the connection between nature and society, while the Center of Earth Sciences focuses on sciences dealing with Earth's structure, its history, its atmosphere and its cosmic environment (geology, paleontology, geophysics, meteorology, and astronomy).

The most diverse educational and research activity is conducted in ELTE's Institute of Physics among Hungarian university institutes. Our interests range from astrophysics to biological physics, from complex systems to experimental and theoretical particle physics, from material physics, through reactor physics, to space theory. We are training excellent researchers for Hungarian and international universities and research institutes, but the training of industrial physicists and teachers is also underlined. We actively participate in large international cooperations, including astrophysics and gravitational waves observation projects, such as LIGO, LSST, Pan-STARRS, or CERN's CMS experiment.

Individual research plays a significant role in ELTE's Institute of Chemistry; therefore, a substantial number of our students continue their studies in the doctoral school of the Institute after receiving their Master's Degree in Chemistry. Our graduates can find a career in several industrial and academic research development and innovation fields, especially in medicine, food chemistry, environmental protection and environmental evaluation, analytics, the development of alternative energy sources, petrol chemistry, and the plastics industry. The educational and research activity of ELTE's Institute of Chemistry has been internationally recognized for decades. This is demonstrated by the fact that three of our colleagues received the Széchenyi-prize in 2017 for their research in theoretical chemistry.
Our most prominent research fields include protein research, the chemistry of biological systems, food- and environment analytics, synthetic chemistry, electrochemistry, and nanosciences.

The lecturers of ELTE's Institute of Mathematics have been honored with several international (Wolf, Kyoto, and Ostrowsky Prize) and domestic (Széchenyi Grand Prize and Széchenyi Prize) awards. Among others, a "Lendület" research group of the Hungarian Academy of Sciences and the PIT Bioinformatics Research Group is operating in our Institute. The latter is a pioneer in describing the human brain's graph and connections and the biological and chemical application of mathematics. The United States-based CareerCast annually rates the best professions around the world. Of the top 10 professions of 2017, the following are being taught in ELTE's Institute of Mathematics: 1.statistician; 3.operations research analyst; 4. information security analyst; 5. data scientist; 6. university professor; 7. mathematician; 8. software engineer. So ELTE's Mathematics program prepares you for seven of the ten professions considered the best in the United States today!