The mission of the Department of Physics of the City College of New York is to combine research, teaching, and service in order to inspire, educate and prepare our students to be leaders in their chosen field of physics. In addition, our mission is to inculcate in students the culture of a rational approach and analysis to any problem or situation; to provide high-quality and comprehensive undergraduate and graduate educational programs that help students acquire an appreciation of the physical world as understandable and explainable in a logical way in terms of the laws of physics; to advance the frontiers of knowledge in physics through the creative research of faculty and students; to provide educational and scientific resources to the larger community.

The Department of Physics has a long tradition of distinguished faculty and students. Many of the Department's alumni have achieved prominence in academic, industrial and governmental physics positions. Three of our alumni, Arno Penzias, Leon Lederman and Robert Hofstadter, have won the Nobel Prize in Physics. Today the Department continues to reflect this tradition of scientific excellence. The faculty include members of the National Academy of Science, the National Academy of Engineering, fellows of the American Physical Society, American Academy of Arts and Sciences, Optical Society of America and the Institution of Electrical and Electronic Engineers. Several of the faculty have also held elective and appointed positions in leading scientific and professional societies.




Theresa Carranza-Fulmer, '11

Theresa Carranza-Fulmer '11



Physics Majors

  • Learn laws of physics and solve problems
  • Design and carry out experiments; analyze and interpret results
  • Communicate by written and oral means
  • Work cooperatively with others
  • Participate in research
  • Use computers and appropriate technology
Other majors taking courses in Physics
  • Learn laws of physics and solve problems at an introductory level
  • Use physics to perform well in advanced courses in their own majors