Schools and Centers

The College of Science is RIT’s dynamic math and science education powerhouse. You’ll study the life and physical sciences, mathematics, and more in an engaging environment that promotes your exploration of innovative, technical, and laboratory-intensive interests.

School of Chemistry and Materials Science

Chemistry has revolutionized modern society through synthesizing new materials and probing the fundamental processes of life. RIT offers chemistry and biochemistry undergraduate degree programs that prepare you for professional work in both research laboratory and industrial settings. We encourage collaboration with physicists, biologists, imaging scientists, geologists, and other scientists in team settings.

Certified by the American Chemical Society, RIT's undergraduate programs in chemistry and biochemistry meet a wide variety of quality standards in their curriculum, teaching, research, and intellectual climate. This certification ensures a rigorous program and strong career preparation.

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Chester F. Carlson Center for Imaging Science

The Chester F. Carlson Center of Imaging Science is dedicated to pushing the frontiers of imaging in all its forms and uses. Through education leading to bachelor’s, master’s, and Ph.D. degrees in imaging science, we produce the next generation of educators and researchers who develop and deploy imaging systems that answer fundamental scientific questions, monitor and protect our environment, help keep our nation secure, and aid medical researchers in their quest to conquer disease.

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Integrated Sciences Academy

The Integrated Sciences Academy was created in 2017 as the innovative home to multidisciplinary academic and research programs in RIT’s College of Science. Current programs include science exploration, a first-year program that allows students to gain hands-on experience across the range of scientific disciplines in order to best select a major, and the color science program, which includes Master of Science and Ph.D. tracks that explore all aspects of color from lighting, through material properties, to human perception. The academy also houses the Munsell Color Science Laboratory, the preeminent academic laboratory dedicated exclusively to the science of color.

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Thomas H. Gosnell School of Life Sciences

Explore the organic universe from DNA strands to global systems in a supportive academic environment at the Thomas H. Gosnell School of Life Sciences. From the beginning, our students master biology through hands-on, in-depth laboratories, experiential learning, and by participating in research projects designed for real-life challenges in the life sciences.

We prepare the next generation of innovative researchers, environmental scientists, computational biologists, medical doctors, pharmacists, and genomic data analysts. Whether it’s a cancer researcher developing a new vaccine or a biologist protecting our clean water, our students confront the toughest life science issues facing the world today and find solutions to them.

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School of Mathematical Sciences

The School of Mathematical Sciences is recognized for its contributions to research and applications of mathematical and statistical science, and it’s also known for expertise in mathematical and computational modeling, data science, and scientific inference. Since mathematics is at the root of many social, technical, medical, and environmental issues faced by society today, we equip our graduates with a deep understanding of mathematical and statistical principles, tools to apply those skills to real-world problems, and the ability to express complex ideas in everyday language. We provide our students with research and experiential learning opportunities and nurture curiosity and creativity.

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School of Physics and Astronomy

There has never been a more exciting time to study the universe beyond the confines of the Earth. The School of Physics and Astronomy at RIT offers a comprehensive curriculum to prepare students for employment in research, industry, and teaching, and preparation for graduate study in physics and related fields.

Our core curriculum provides a solid foundation in experimental, computational, and theoretical physics, emphasizing laboratory training and developing analytical problem-solving skills. The astrophysical sciences and technology doctoral and master’s programs offer extensive curricula and research opportunities spanning topics in stellar, galactic and extragalactic astrophysics, general relativity and gravitational wave astronomy, and instrument/detector development.

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