Our Mission

The College of Science encourages students to discover their potential while expanding fundamental scientific knowledge and developing new technologies. We prepare our graduates by providing academic programs in STEM disciplines to meet the challenges of a complex world.

When you attend the College of Science, you take part in innovative, world-class research projects and programs. Our dynamic environment of faculty, staff and students help foster professional and personal growth while encouraging new ways of thinking and doing.

Our partnerships with other RIT colleges provide you with an unrivaled selection of program options; committed, professional faculty; a myriad of undergraduate research and co-op opportunities; and access to state-of-the-art laboratory equipment and facilities.

Here, you realize your potential while acquiring essential scientific knowledge and developing new technologies. Upon graduation, you are prepared to expand the frontiers of science and mathematics.

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Blurring the line between disciplines

The best way to discover your potential is to explore your options. At the College of Science, we provide a solid grounding in fundamentals while providing customizable options like double-majors, multiple minors, and advanced stackable certificates.

Whether you’re intrigued by chemistry and physics or you want to explore emerging fields like computational mathematics or biotechnology, you’ll find a degree to propel you forward. Some of our degree programs—like imaging science, biotechnology, or computational mathematics—intentionally blur the line between disciplines, calling upon diverse skills, bodies of knowledge, and research experiences.

About RIT College of Science


Experiential Learning

All of our students are required to complete experiential learning such as a co-op, REU, paid research, and research for credit at the College of Science.


Alumni Worldwide

Our alumni are valued resources who help us keep our programs relevant. As mentors, they help us prepare the next generation of scientists and mathematicians.


Clubs and Student Organizations

The College of Science is home to 13 clubs and organizations, including the College of Science Student Advisory Board (COSSAB).


Undergraduate Majors

The College of Science is home to 11 undergraduate majors in science and mathematics with an exceptional range of program specialties and undergraduate research opportunities.


BS Degree in Biotechnology

RIT was the first university in the nation to offer a Bachelor of Science degree in biotechnology in 1983.


Largest Source of Undergraduate STEM Degrees

RIT is the third largest source of undergraduate STEM (science, technology, engineering, and math) degrees among all private universities in the nation.


Ph.D. Programs

The College of Science Ph.D. programs include: astrophysical sciences and technology, color science, imaging science, and mathematical modeling.


For Diversity

RIT was awarded $1 million from the Howard Hughes Medical Institute’s Inclusive Excellence Initiative to increase diversity and inclusivity among undergraduate science majors.

By the Numbers

Student Body
Undergraduate 821
Graduate 318
Male 681
Female 458
Fall 2019 Total 1,139
Full-Time Faculty 197
Staff 80
Degrees Offered
Advanced Certificate 2
Master of Science 9
Bachelor of Science 12
BS/MS 12
Ph.D. 4
Minors 10
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Rankings and Recognition

Research Expenditures

RIT is classified as a “high research activity institution” under the Carnegie Classification of Institutions of Higher Learning. The majority of awards received from the federal government were from the National Science Foundation. And our Center for Advancing STEM Teaching, Learning and Evaluation (CASTLE) received $1 million from the Howard Hughes Medical Institute to support its Inclusive Excellence Initiative.

Princeton Review

RIT was listed in 2019 edition of The Best Value Colleges, as well as 2018’s “Best 382 Colleges” and “Best Northeastern Colleges” edition, and in the 2017 edition of “Colleges That Create Futures: 50 Schools That Launch Careers by Going Beyond the Classroom.”

U.S. News & World Report

2019 edition of “America’s Best Graduate Schools:” RIT tied for 69th among the country’s top physics graduate programs, climbing two spots from the last rankings compiled in 2014.

Goldwater Scholars

Since 2005, a total of 27 undergraduate students at the College of Science have earned the prestigious Barry M. Goldwater Scholarship.

Peer-Reviewed Articles

RIT faculty consistently publishes more than 100 peer-reviewed articles per year including high profile journals such as Science and Nature.