Welcome to the Faculty of Science (PMF) of the University of Zagreb! The PMF is an institution whose educational and research excellence has been recognised both domestically and internationally. The Faculty designs and conducts relevant university studies and scientific research programmes which are an integral part of the higher education process in the fields of biology, physics, geophysics, geography, geology, chemistry, and mathematics.
The entire scientific, professional, and teaching activity of the Faculty of Science serves the development of science and technology in the Republic of Croatia and contributes to science and education globally. The scientific disciplines cultivated at PMF are, because of their importance, represented in primary and secondary education programmes, except for two – geology and geophysics – which students encounter only peripherally through geography. They are all part of the so-called STEM areas (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics), extremely important for technological development and progress.
The Faculty of Science of the University of Zagreb provides high quality and effective university education in the fields of natural science and mathematics at all three levels of university studies. The study programmes are founded on research and the most recent scientific knowledge, whereas teaching is an important part of innovation and international collaboration. Among our highest values are good and motivated students who, with their knowledge and skills, should become the protagonists of economic and social development of the Republic of Croatia and elsewhere. Scientific research is carried out within the fields of natural sciences (fields: mathematics, physics, geology, chemistry, biology, geophysics, and interdisciplinary natural sciences) and interdisciplinary areas of science (geography), accounting for about 20% of the total scientific production of the University of Zagreb. The Faculty of Science is organised into seven departments, each of which possesses great autonomy in scientific, teaching, and professional activity.
The seven departments of the Faculty of Science (Biology, Physics, Geophysics, Geography, Geology, Chemistry, and Mathematics), organized into 28 divisions, are home to about 4000 students enrolled in undergraduate, integrated undergraduate and graduate, and graduate university studies within 35 study programmes and about 1000 students at seven postgraduate studies and one postgraduate specialist study.
It is less known that the PMF also comprises the Seismological Service and its seismological stations all over Croatia, the mareographic station in Bakar, the geomagnetic observatory in Lonjsko polje, and the green jewel located in the very heart of Zagreb – the Botanical Garden. And in the background of it all are nearly 500 scientists and teachers for whom you will not only be just another name on a sheet of paper but a truly personal and (hopefully) successful story about your future and ours.