The mission of the University of Rochester Department of Physics and Astronomy is to actively engage in meaningful ways to explore, understand and predict the behavior of the physical world around us, including everything from subatomic particles to the large-scale structure and evolution of the universe itself. We are a community in which all are welcomed and respected, and where all can pursue and achieve their highest objectives for themselves, their community, and the world. We value our differences, our environment, and our individual and collective contributions and openly embrace freedom of ideas, inquiry, and expression.

Our department combines the best features of a small liberal arts college and a major research university. We are a moderately sized department with internationally renowned and accessible faculty dedicated to excellence in research and teaching. Our degree programs have substantial room for electives. This flexibility produces a broad range of customized study plans available to our students.

A degree in physics or physics and astronomy can be applicable to a wide range of careers including:

  • Cutting edge research
  • Education
  • Computer science
  • Medicine
  • Communication
  • Finance
  • Environmental science
  • Law
  • Business
  • Engineering
  • Space and earth sciences

Interested in applying? Visit our application page for instructions and a link to our online application. 


Have questions? Contact Linda Case at grad@pas.rochester.edu