The Department of Physics and Astronomy in the University of Southern California's Dana and David Dornsife College of Letters, Arts and Sciences is a research and teaching department. Our faculty are leaders in their research disciplines and are among USC's most distinguished teachers.


Physics and Astronomy are both going through revolutionary times mirrored by the research programs in the department, which range from theory of High Energy Physics, Condensed Matter Physics, Nanoscale Physics, and Solar Physics to Cosmology. Large Scale Computation is an important field with several state-of-the-art facilities available to students and faculty.


Emerging areas of research in our department include the rapidly developing fields of Quantum Information Science and Physical Biology. Physical Biology is where the quantitative skills of physicists address important problems coming from biological systems.


Our programs have proven to be an ideal preparation for a broad range of interdisciplinary areas for which a quantitative training is crucial: this includes not only traditional physics careers, but also engineering, business, and finance. Our department is currently introducing innovative courses in biological physics at both the undergraduate and graduate levels.

Undergraduate Education

For undergraduate students, we offer majors in Physics, Astronomy, Biophysics, and a joint Physics/Computer Science program. We also offer minors in Physics and Astronomy.

Graduate Studies

For graduate students, we offer a Ph.D. in Physics. If you are a prospective graduate student, please take a look at the Ph.D. section for all the information on application to our Ph.D. program.

March 2, 2015
Speaker: Pepi Fabbiano
Title: "The Chandra X-Ray Observatory"
Location: SLH 102 at 4:15pm.
Refreshments will be served at 4:00pm.

March 9, 2015
Speaker: Stefan Vajda
Title: TBA
Location: SLH 102 at 4:15pm.
Refreshments will be served at 4:00pm.


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  • University of Southern California
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  • ACB 439
  • Los Angeles, CA 90089-0484