Influential research numbers

Our faculty and students are leading the way in innovation

Our research embraces various fields of academic scholarship

As the intellectual heart of one of the fastest growing research institutions in the country, the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences has established a reputation as a leader in research and discovery. Through use-inspired initiatives and a fusion of academic disciplines, our faculty and scholars are pursuing excellence and societal impact – helping the university maintain its prestigious Research I designation.

Our college personifies a broad vision of academic scholarship in the humanities, natural sciences and social sciences. Our innovative academic units, centers and institutes adapt to new challenges and a changing landscape to make notable contributions to a diverse array of fields, including bioarchaeological research, digital antiquity, global health, human dynamics, mathematics education and space exploration.

Top Sponsors


Department of Defense


National Aeronautics and Space Administration


National Science Foundation


National Institute for Health


Department of Energy

Our faculty

Discover our revolutionary faculty achievements

The College of Liberal Arts and Sciences is home to three Nobel laureates, 24 Guggenheim fellows, 54 American Association for the Advancement of Science fellows, 77 Fulbright American Scholars and more than 1,100 faculty members who are steadfast in their commitment to legendary academic scholarship.

Our distinguished, award-winning faculty members have been recognized for being at the forefront of intellectual inquiry and revolutionary research. From pharming tobacco to beat Ebola to developing a blood test for cancer, our faculty are making momentous discoveries to evoke change globally.

2016 National Science Foundation (NSF) Higher Education Research and Development (HERD) Rankings

HERD Anthropology Rank


HERD Geological and Earth Sciences Rank

Geological and Earth Sciences

HERD Humanities and Social Sciences Rank


HERD Humanities and Social Sciences Rank

Social Sciences

HERD Political Science Rank

Political Science

HERD Sociology Rank


Highlights from our college


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In research proposals


Research proposals submitted

2015 ASU Expenditures (top 5)

Top Grant Awards 2015-2016

NASA - $37,620,702

James Bell (SESE), MESH: Mapping Europa Surface Heights

NIH - $26,685,114

Petre Fromm (SMS), Center for Membrane Protein Drug Discovery

NSF - $2,825,509

John Spence (Physics), MRI: Acquisition of Cryo-EM for Southwest Regional Center

ASU Foundation/State Farm - $6,112,792

Kimberly Scott (SST), Center for Gender Equity in Sciences & Technology

CDC - $3,777,005

Gabriel Shaibi (REACH Institute), Preventing Diabetes’s in Latino Youth

DOE - $2,900,003

Daniel Buttry (SMS ), Electrochemical Capture and Release of Carbon Dioxide