Message from the Dean

Sophia A. Maggelakis

Dean College of Science


The College of Science at RIT plays a vital and central role in contributing to the mission of the university. Our goal is to remain competitive and current in the sciences and mathematical sciences and to maintain excellence in teaching and scholarship where students, faculty, and staff thrive. We constantly seek approaches to strengthen our undergraduate and graduate programs, to build and grow the college’s research programs, and to increase external partnerships and sponsors.

The College of Science houses some of RIT’s most respected programs, including the astrophysical sciences and technology program, already recognized for seminal scholarship in that field. In addition, it is the home college of four of RIT’s eight Ph.D. programs and the parent college to the world-renowned Chester F. Carlson Center for Imaging Science, which offers the only imaging science Ph.D. program in the country. Likewise, the College of Science offers the only mathematical modeling Ph.D. program in the country and is one of the only places in the world that offers a Ph.D. in color science, which combines imaging, chemistry, and materials science. Across every discipline, the college is at the forefront for the remarkable growth in RIT’s undergraduate student research programs and for the growth of peer-reviewed publications and external grants awarded to its faculty each year who are conducting cutting-edge research that is nationally and internationally recognized.

Undergraduates in the College of Science receive a diverse and unique education in the foundations of science and mathematical sciences, have exposure to current methodology, have firsthand experience in successfully applying this knowledge to solve real-world problems as members of interdisciplinary teams, and are receiving a comprehensive liberal arts education in the humanities and social sciences. Our curricula reflect modern trends in the application of science and mathematical sciences while preparing students for graduate study and for successful lifetime careers and immediate employment in business, industry, government, medical science professions, and academia. All students are expected to complete an experiential learning component in their intended career fields as part of their graduation requirement. In addition to its degree programs, the college delivers the required scientific and mathematical underpinnings for most of the programs offered at RIT.

Come be part of the College of Science experience and explore the opportunities.

Sophia Maggelakis
Dean of College of Science