Physics & Astronomy

Physics is broad by nature. It is the most fundamental science; it is the basis for wide range of life-altering discoveries: from the Internet to cancer treatments, lasers to sustainable energy, to finance models.

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Undergraduate Programs

The study of physics incorporates a variety of other disciplines and fields. The USF physics curriculum opens up multiple paths for subsequent development, including graduate studies in science (physics, astronomy, math, chemistry, biology, etc), engineering, medicine, law, and other fields.

Our Curriculum

USF’s physics and astronomy department provides a thorough foundation in classical and modern physics, theory, experimentation, and computation. Our major and minor curricula—in physics, astronomy, and astrophysics—focus on preparation within the physical sciences, as well as an astronomy minor for non-science majors. USF Physics, additionally, provides the basis for students interested in a 3+2 physics & engineering dual undergraduate degree program, in conjunction with University of Southern California.

Our Research

Our faculty engages in cutting-edge, award-winning research. Students gain hands-on experience through research opportunities and summer research internships, in state-of-the-art labs and world-class observatories—with our faculty.

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Beyond the Classroom

  • Student Clubs
    Our physics students are invited to join the Society of Physics Students and Astronomy Club. These organizations organize interactive field trips, social gatherings, and visit Bay Area science facilities.
  • Colloquium Series
    The Physics and Astronomy Colloquia at the University of San Francisco are talks given by invited research scientists, on topics of current interest. The Physics Colloquium Series has been in place since 1994.

"If I were to give any advice to any current students, I would say attend as many of the colloquia that you can. It really is a great opportunity to hear about what's going on in Physics!"

Kanani Lee, Alumna

Contact Info

Department of Physics

Harney Science Center 144, 2130 Fulton Street, San Francisco, CA 94117-1082 (415) 422-6155 (415) 422-2567