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Welcome to the Department of Physics & Astronomy





About the Department

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The primary mission of the Department of Physics and Astronomy is to provide an outstanding education for our students through a variety of undergraduate and graduate degree programs. 

Our undergraduate curriculum serves undergraduate liberal arts students who seek, by the study of Physics, to acquire critical thinking skills and develop the understanding and problem-solving abilities which are increasingly needed in our technological society.  We prepare our undergraduate physics majors for graduate and professional schools or a variety of careers, including teaching and industrial research and development.  Undergraduate science majors pursue courses of study such as pre-medicine and computer science, in which a sound foundation in physics is essential to further advancement.

Our graduate programs offers research and training 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.  Presently all graduate students in the Doctoral Program receive full financial support.


Nobel Prize-Winning Hunter Alumnae

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Gertrude B. Elion
(1918 - 1999)
Rosalyn S. Yalow
(1921 -2011 )
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