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.


Congratulations to our Undergrad & PhD graduating students!

The Faculty and Staff look forward to celebrating with you and your families at our Physics and Astronomy reception in SSL 150 immediately following the satellite ceremony on Friday, May 13th.

For more details, please visit the official USC Commencement 2016 website:



Colloquium Series

Stay tuned for details about our upcoming Fall 2016 Colloquium talks....

Faculty Promotions

Congratulations to Moh El-Naggar on his recent promotion to Associate Professor with tenure.

Faculty Awards

Congratuations to Prof. Clifford Johnson for being named a 2016 Simons Fellowship recipient in Theoretical Physics! 

Prof. Johnson's project is titled "Implications of Extended Gravitational Thermodynamics". 

The Fellows Programs provide grants to faculty who wish to pursue research while on leave from their teaching/administrative obligations. Doing so can promote creativity and intellectual stimulation, and the goal of the Simons Fellowship is to facilitate this type of growth. 

To honor the 2016 Simons Fellowship recipients, the Simons Foundation has placed an advertisement in the "Science Times" section of the New York Times. It will appear in the March 22 edition. 

Congratulations to Prof. Christoph Haselwandter on his NSF CAREER award.

CAREER: The Faculty Early Career Development (CAREER) Program is a Foundation-wide activity that offers the National Science Foundation's most prestigious awards in support of the early career-development activities of those teacher-scholars who most effectively integrate research and education within the context of the mission of their organization. Such activities should build a firm foundation for a lifetime of integrated contributions to research and education.

Faculty Activities

Radio show host Rob Simone featured Quantum Worlds with Vahé Peroomian

You can catch the replay of quantum physics, super position, the Higgs paticle, time dilation and the recent discovery of gravity waves with Prof. Vahé Peroomian from the Dept of Physics at the University of Southern California 

Listen Online Sun 4pm & replay Thurs 11pm (PST) or in London on 104.4 FM Sun @ Midnight & replay Fri. @ 7am

Giving Website

  • Department of Physics and Astronomy
  • University of Southern California
  • 825 Bloom Walk
  • ACB 439
  • Los Angeles, CA 90089-0484