The Department of Physics & Astronomy at the University of Southern California 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 ranging from theory of High Energy Physics, Condensed Matter Physics, Nanoscale Physics, 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.

For undergraduates, we offer majors in Physics, Astronomy, Biophysics, and a joint Physics/ Computer Science program, along with minors in Physics and in Astronomy.  For graduate students, we offer a Physics Ph.D.

Our programs have also proven to be an ideal preparation for a broad range of interdisciplinary areas for which a quantitative training is crucial, including not just 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.

If you are a prospective graduate student, please take a look at the GRADUATE links for all the information on application to our Ph.D. program. 


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