Department: Physics and Astronomy


The Department of Physics and Astronomy has graduate and post-graduate research programs in theoretical and experimental physics. Students may obtain the MA in Physics or MA in Adolescent Education from Hunter College, and/or the joint PhD degree in Physics from Hunter College and the City University Graduate Center. The Department offers all levels of graduate courses jointly with the Graduate Center.  Faculty of the department are pursuing projects in the forefront of modern research. The focuses include experimental research in astronomy, optics and spectroscopy, biophysics and biomedical optics, nuclear magnetic resonance and renewal energy materials, and theoretical research in nanophysics, quantum information and quantum optics, chemical physics, and time-frequency analysis.  The research programs are well funded by nine different government agencies.  Many of our faculty members are leaders of their fields, won prestigious awards, and earned international recognition.

Programs and Courses

Programs and Courses in Physics and Astronomy 

Program for Teachers of Adolescent Education (Grades 7-12) – Physics MA

Adolescent Physics - MA / Advanced Certificate 

Doctor of Philosophy

Doctor of Philosophy in Physics 

What can I do with my degree in Physics?

The doctoral program is designed to train highly qualified research scientists who are fully equipped to teach and direct research in a wide variety of university and industry programs in physical sciences.

Administration and Faculty


Ying-Chih Chen
1238 North
(212) 772-4526

Department Office:

Hours of Operation: Monday – Friday 9:00 AM – 5:00 PM

1225 North
(212) 772-5248