In RIT’s physics degree, you'll gain an in-depth understanding of the basic principles governing the structure and behavior of matter, the generation and transfer of energy, and the interactions of matter and energy within the world around us.
The curriculum begins with mathematics, science, and liberal arts courses covering the breadth of the discipline from condensed matter to cosmology. In the third or fourth years, advanced topics are introduced such as statistical physics and quantum mechanics. You’ll also participate in advanced laboratory work and a capstone project.
Program facilities equipment
Students are exposed to numerous laboratories throughout their studies: X-Ray and Surface Science Laboratory, Atomic-Scale Microscopy Laboratory, Laser Light Scattering Laboratory for complex and biological fluid studies, Optics Laboratory, Materials Laboratory, Quantum Optics Teaching Laboratory, Physical Optics Teaching Laboratory, Modern Physics/Advanced Physics Teaching Laboratory, Electronics Teaching Laboratory, Instrument/Detector Development Laboratory for Experimental Cosmology, Observatory, Granular Materials Laboratory, Supercomputer Clusters, and the Nanopower Research Laboratories (NPRL).
Program job titles reported
Optical Coatings Engineer; Physicist; Data Analyst; Coating Technician; Research and Development; Warfare Analyst
Program significant points
- RIT Astrophysical Sciences and Technology Program ranked 69th in Top US Physics Graduate Programs in 2019 U.S. News & World Report: America’s Best Graduate Schools
- 4 national awards and recognitions for RIT BS physics program or its students
- Average of 11 undergraduate coauthors on peer-reviewed publications annually
Select program hiring partners
A+E Television Networks, BAE Systems, Inc., Epic, Federal Reserve Board of governors, Griffiss Institute, Hirose Electric, Intelligent Artifacts, IPG Photonics, L3Harris, Optimax Systems, Inc., Rochester Institute of Technology - Center for Imaging Science, Rochester Museum & Science Center, Schneider Electric, Summit Lubricants
|Outcome||% of Students|
|Full-time Graduate Study||67.00%|
Cooperative education, or co-op for short, is full-time, paid work experience in your field of study. And it sets RIT graduates apart from their competitors. It’s exposure–early and often–to a variety of professional work environments, career paths, and industries. RIT co-op is designed for your success.
Co-op is optional but strongly encouraged for students in the physics degree.
National Labs Career Fair
Hosted by RIT’s Office of Career Services and Cooperative Education, the National Labs Career Fair is an annual event that brings representatives to campus from the United States’ federally funded research and development labs. These national labs focus on scientific discovery, clean energy development, national security, technology advancements, and more. Students are invited to attend the career fair to network with lab professionals, learn about opportunities, and interview for co-ops, internships, research positions, and full-time employment.