Why study Physics or Astrophysics at UC College of Arts and Sciences?

Because you’re curious about how things work, from the expanse of galaxies to subatomic particles. Because you want to answer the big questions, unlock the secrets of the universe, experience the thrill of new discoveries.

Through UC Physics, you can reach for the stars—and your goals—in more ways than one. Our program offers degrees in both Physics and Astrophysics, and a PhD in graduate study.

You’ll learn from award-winning faculty, concentrating your studies in subjects like astrophysics, high-energy physics, material physics or string theory, and immerse yourself in study on:

  • Machine learning
  • AI
  • Astrophysics/astronomy
  • Quantum computing
  • Computational physics
  • and more

As a Research 1 institution, UC is ranked in the National Science Foundation top 35 public research universities, and research will be a cornerstone of your UC experience.


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*To learn more about our Physics and Astrophysics programs, please select the option Physics (Uptown) in the dropdown menu below.*

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Physics and Astrophysics Careers

Careers within Physics and Astrophysics are becoming more in demand. According to the US Bureau of Labor and Statistics, between 2021-2031 the demand for physics and astrophysics professionals is expected to grow by 8%, which is faster than average. Some of these careers are:

  • Physicists
  • Astronomers
  • Atmospheric and Space Scientists
  • Materials Scientists
  • Biophysicists 
  • Natural Sciences Managers
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Opportunity To Earn A Graduate Degree Faster

Students also have the opportunity to attain a bachelors and masters degree in engineering in 5 years at UC as part of the ACCEND program. This program allows physics students to take graduate level courses while still an undergraduate student, thus expediting their graduate coursework.