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Our Mission

The College of Science prepares graduates for careers in the physical, life, and mathematical sciences and provides mathematical and scientific foundations for all RIT students through academic programs and impactful innovative research that expand scientific knowledge and develop new technologies to advance the sciences and their application to society and our environment. We embrace social justice and equity related to but not limited to education, research, and the scientific community at large. 



Ph.D. Programs

Programs include astrophysical sciences and technology, color science, imaging science, and mathematical modeling


Research Centers and Laboratories

College of Science boasts state-of-the-art facilities with specialized labs and equipment for conducting research


Largest Source of Undergraduate STEM Degrees

RIT is among the top producers of undergraduate STEM (science, technology, engineering, and math) degrees among all private universities in the nation


Research Experiences for Undergraduates

REUs allow students to conduct research away from home universities

Discover Your Passion

Meet the Dean

Sophia Maggelakis

Scientists and mathematicians challenge accepted truths and seek new discoveries. The College of Science encourages students to leverage this passion and prepares world leaders who will expand the frontiers of science and mathematics and their application in making our communities and our world better.

Sophia Maggelakis
Dean, College of Science

Faces of RIT

Latest News

  • April 23, 2021

    College of Science 2020-2021 Distinguished Alumnus: Rob Hochstetler

    College of Science 2020-2021 Distinguished Alumnus: Rob Hochstetler

    The Distinguished Alumni Awards are presented annually by each of RIT’s nine colleges and the School of Individualized Study to alumni who have performed at the highest levels of their profession or who have contributed to the advancement and leadership of civic, philanthropic, or service organizations.

  • April 21, 2021

    environmental portrait of scientist Andrea Ghez.

    Black hole Nobel Prize winner Andrea Ghez is RIT’s 2021 commencement speaker

    Andrea Ghez, a 2020 Nobel Prize winner in physics for her research in discovering one of the most exotic phenomena in the universe—the supermassive black hole at the center of our galaxy—will be a 2021 RIT commencement speaker on May 14 and 15. Ghez joins Eric Avar ’90 (industrial design), Nike’s vice president and creative guide of innovation design who was honored with the College of Art and Design Distinguished Alumni Award in 2016, as the university’s first-ever dual commencement speakers.

  • April 19, 2021

    environmental portrait of faculty member Jeyhan Kartaltepe.

    James Webb Space Telescope program aims to map the earliest structures of the universe

    When the James Webb Space Telescope—the long-awaited successor to the Hubble Space Telescope—becomes operational in 2022, one of its first orders of business will be mapping the earliest structures of the universe. A team of nearly 50 researchers led by principal investigator Jeyhan Kartaltepe and other scientists at RIT and University of Texas at Austin will attempt to do so.

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