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Michael Kotlarchyk

The RIT School of Physics and Astronomy offers the undergraduate BS program in Physics and a graduate program in Astrophysical Sciences & Technology leading to a Ph.D. or MS degree. Additionally, the School offers a minor in Physics and a minor in Astronomy for undergraduates, as well as a combined dual degree allowing a student to earn the BS in Physics and the MS in Materials Science & Engineering in five years.

The BS program in Physics offers a broad curriculum which prepares students for employment in research, industry, or teaching after graduation, as well as for graduate study in physics and related areas. The structured core curriculum provides a broad and solid foundation in experimental, computational, and theoretical physics, with an emphasis on laboratory training and the development of analytical and problem-solving skills. The curriculum is also sufficiently flexible so that the student can plan a minor or course sequence in such areas as astronomy, optics, materials science, mathematics, biological or chemical sciences, engineering, or computer science. Students also may prepare for entry into medical, law, or business school.

There has never been a more exciting time to study the physical universe. A new generation of advanced ground-based and space-borne telescopes, as well as enormous increases in computing power, are enabling a golden age of astrophysics. The doctoral and master's degrees in the Astrophysical Sciences and Technology Program offer a comprehensive curriculum and a broad range of research opportunities that span forefront topics in stellar, galactic and extragalactic astrophysics, numerical general relativity and gravitational wave astronomy, and instrument and detector development. With 14 research active faculty drawn from the School of Physics and Astronomy, the School of Mathematical Sciences, and the Center for Imaging Science, the multidisciplinary emphasis of this program sets it apart from conventional astrophysics graduate programs at traditional research universities.

Sincerely, Dr. Michael Kotlarchyk, Head and Professor of Physics





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