Before FMIPA was established, a basic science lecturer group in UNS who were supported by the head of the university has been cooperating with the International Development Program (IDP) Australia. They collaborated in hosting workshops and consultations from 1986 to 1994. The establishment of FMIPA with Mathematics, Physics, Chemistry, and Biology programs was supported by expert lecturer staff from various faculties who graduated with basic science backgrounds, and 90% of them hold master’s and doctoral degrees. They were from the Faculty of Engineering, Faculty of Medicine, Faculty of Agriculture, and Faculty of Teacher Training and Education. Besides that, new lecturers were also recruited through the student work system and candidates for civil servants (CPNS).
The mathematics program of FMIPA UNS was the embryo of FMIPA UNS that was pioneered in 1982. In 1986-1994, a cooperation between UNS with IDP Australia was established to develop basic sciences, especially mathematics. This event triggered the establishment of the Mathematics program in Civil Engineering program UNS based on the Decree of Directorate General of Higher Education number 206/D2/1989 on 26 January 1989.
The Faculty of Mathematics and Natural Sciences (FMIPA) Sebelas Maret University (UNS) in Surakarta was established based on the decree of the Ministry of Education and Culture on 1 October 1996 number 0297/O/1996 and was inaugurated on 2 May 1997 with four programs, i.e., Mathematics, Chemistry, Physics, and Biology.
On 29 January 2007, the Indonesian government, through the Directorate General of Higher Education (DIKTI), Department of National Education issued decree number 163/D/T/2007 about the permit to establish bachelor’s program in computer science at UNS. Therefore, in the same year, UNS was allowed to recruit new students through SPMB Nusantara. In 2009, based on a decree from Directorate General DIKTI number 163/KEP/DIKTI/2007 about regulation and codification of study program, the Computer Science program changed into Informatics program.
The permit to establish a bachelor’s program in Pharmacy at UNS was issued in the decree by the Indonesian Minister of Education and Culture number 209/E/O/2013 on 22 May 2013.
Based on the decree of the Indonesian Minister of Education and Culture number 419/E/O/2014 on 17 September 2014, the Indonesian government gave a mandate to UNS to open several study programs. One of them was the Statistics program.
Based on the decree of the Indonesian Minister of Research, Technology, and Higher Education number 556/KPT/I/2017 issued on 2 October 2017, the Indonesian government gave a mandate to UNS to establish bachelor’s program of Environmental Sciences. In the same year, UNS was also permitted to open Biology doctoral program through the decree of the Indonesian Minister of Research, Technology, and Higher Education number 453/KPT/I/2017 on 21 August 2017.
In 2018, the Indonesian Minister of Research, Technology, and Higher Education gave UNS permission to open a Physics doctoral program based on decree number 31/KPT/I/2018 on 10 January 2018.