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  Complejo Amoxcalli
Facultad de Ciencias
Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México

In 1910, the Escuela Nacional de Altos Estudios was founded. It later became the Facultad de Ciencias. The Escuela Nacional de Altos Estudios was organized in three sections. One of the sections was Science, where biology, physics, mathematics and chemistry courses were taught.

Fifteen years later, in 1925, the Escuela Nacional de Altos Estudios was divided in the Escuela Normal Superior (where school  and secondary teachers are prepared), the Escuela de Graduados (Graduate School), and the Facultad de Filosofía y Letras (Faculty of Philosophy and Letters). The latter housed the Sciences section.

The Facultad de Filosofía y Letras was reorganized several times, it was until 1938 when it was created the Facultad de Ciencias thanks to the effort of the heads of schools and institutes:  Ricardo Monges López  of Escuela Nacional de Ciencias Fisicomatemáticas, Antonio Caso of Facultad de Filosofía,  Isaac Ochoterena of Instituto de Biología and Alfredo Baños of Instituto de Ciencias Fisicomatemáticas. The Facultad de Ciencias was then organized in 7 departments: mathematics, physics, chemistry, biology, geology, geography and astronomy. The Facultad de Ciencias was reorganized several times until it finally ended with three departments (physics, mathematics and biology).

The Ciudad Universitaria (University City) campus was opened in 1954, the Facultad de Ciencias was located in the center of it (those buildings now housed the Graduate Studies Coordination), near to the President’s building. The President’s building is one of the most emblematic buildings in the university complex, considered by the United Nation Organization for Education, Science and Culture –UNESCO, for its architectural value, as Cultural Patrimony of Humanity since year 2005.

In 1977, the Facultad de Ciencias was moved to its actual site, at the exterior zone of the Ciudad Universitaria.  At the 1990’s the Amoxcalli Complex (Library Complex) was built, which houses the library “Ricardo Monges López” (first Head of  Facultad de Ciencias). This library has now grown three times its original size. At the complex there are computer rooms, an auditorium, an amphitheater, and a lecture theatre.

In year 2004, the complex Tlahuizcalpan “The place where the light is born” was inaugurated, which has modern laboratories and class rooms for undergraduate classes taught at the Facultad de Ciencias.

Also in 2004 Unidad Multidisciplinaria de Docencia e Investigación (Multidisciplinary Unit for Teaching and Research) was opened the in Sisal, Yucatan. It was the first unit outside Mexico City. In addition, in 2010 another Unidad Multidisciplinaria de Docencia e Investigación campus was opened in Zihuatanejo, Guerrero.

Currently, the Faculty is formed by three departments: Physics, Mathematics and Biology. It has a population of 8,000 students, the number of full time professors and academic technicians is 467; there are in addition 1800 class teachers and teaching assistants.


Eight bachelor degrees are offered in three different campuses:


Campus University City (Mexico City)
Computer Science
Earth Sciences

Campus Sisal, Yucatán
Coastal zone Sustainable Management

Campus Juriquilla, Querétaro
Earth Sciences


Graduate studies are offered in the following areas:

Graduate studies in Sciences (Astronomy)
Graduate studies in Physical Sciences
Graduate studies in Mathematics and Applied Statistics Specialty
Graduate studies in Sciences and Computer Engineering
Graduate studies in Sciences and Materials Engineering
Graduate studies in Marine Sciences and Limnology
Graduate studies in Earth Sciences
Graduate studies in Philosophy of Science
Specialty in Applied Electronic Microscopy to the Biological Sciences
Master Degree in High School Educational Teaching
Master Degree in Medical Physics




La Facultad de Ciencias y Tú. Guía del estudiante de la Facultad de Ciencias de la UNAM. 2013. Sin paginación 


Lozano, J.M. 2011-2013. Génesis de la Facultad de Ciencias. Facultad de Ciencias
. http://www.fciencias.unam.mx/nosotros/historia/Index