About the Division


OlintoThe Physical Sciences Division at the University of Chicago is home to visionary scholars who constantly redefine the frontiers of the physical and mathematical sciences. Many of the accomplishments of the division’s faculty, staff, and alumni have been recognized by awards such as the Nobel Prize, the Fields Medal, and the National Medal of Science, and by membership in the National Academy of Sciences, and the American Academy of Arts & Sciences

The division includes the Departments of Astronomy and AstrophysicsChemistryComputer ScienceGeophysical SciencesMathematicsPhysics, and Statistics. Each department has made fundamental contributions to the history of its field and continues to redefine its boundaries and future.

From the edge of the observable universe to human-computer interaction, from biophysical materials science to the geologic record of seawater composition, from gravitational waves to geometric flows, the Physical Sciences Division is preeminent in research and education. We are at the forefront of discovery, innovation, and impact and seek to understand nature and improve lives. 

Interdisciplinary research is a UChicago tradition that continues to thrive through our institutes, centers, and committees. They include the Enrico Fermi Institute, the James Franck Institute, the Kavli Institute for Cosmological Physics, the Institute for Biophysical Dynamics, and the Committee on Computational and Applied Mathematics. Our centers include the Center for Advanced Radiation Sources (CARS), UChicago STEM Education, Flash Center for Computational Science, Kadanoff Center for Theoretical Physics, Materials Research Science and Engineering Center (MRSEC), and the Stevanovich Center.

Many of our scientists have appointments at Fermi National Accelerator Laboratory and Argonne National Laboratory. The University of Chicago has a management role in both labs.  A number of our faculty and researchers also work closely with other Chicago-based research institutions such as the Toyota Technological Institute of ChicagoAdler Planetarium, the Museum of Science and Industry, and the Field Museum, to name a few.

We invite all who are passionate about understanding how nature works, and how this knowledge can reshape our future, to join this great adventure as students, faculty, alumni, and friends!

Welcome to the Physical Sciences Division at the University of Chicago!

Angela V. Olinto

Dean of the Physical Sciences Division