Facts & Figures
The School of Physical Sciences was established as one of the founding schools at UC Irvine and accepted its first students in 1965.
Approximately 1,208 undergraduate students are enrolled in Physical Sciences majors and 473 graduate students. Doctoral degrees are also granted from all 4 departments. 140 faculty members, 121 researchers, 75 post-docs, and 130 staff members keep the School of Physical Sciences moving forward.
The school is one of the nation’s largest producers of bachelor’s degree-level graduates, ranking 5th nationally in chemistry and 11th in physics.
John V. Croul Hall, home of the top-ranked Department of Earth System Science, houses the W. M. Keck Carbon Cycle Accelerator Mass Spectrometry Facility, the 1st of its kind in the United States dedicated exclusively to research on the environmental processes that contribute to the greenhouse effect and global warming.
State-of-the-art multidisciplinary research takes place at the School of Physical Sciences’ 12 research units, centers and institutes:
- Center for Chemical and Material Physics Program (ChAMP)
- Center for Chemical and Structural Biology
- Center for Cosmology
- Center for Interdisciplinary Chemical Synthesis
- Center for Mathematical and Computational Biology
- Center for Solar Energy
- Chemistry at the Space-Time Limit (CaSTL)
- The Environment Institute: Global Change, Energy, and Sustainable Resources
- Institute of Geophysics and Planetary Physics (IGPP)
- Institute for Surface and Interface Science (ISIS)
- Southern California Center for Galaxy Evolution (CGE)
The School of Physical Sciences has 13 specialized research facilities:
- Array of Enhanced Nodes Supercomputer (AENEAS)
- Computational and Applied Mathematics Infrastructure
- Earth System Modeling
- Electronics Facility
- Instrumentation Development Facility
- Integrated Nanosystems Research
- Laser Spectroscopy
- Molecular Modeling
- Nuclear Magnetic Resonance Spectroscopy (NMR)
- Stable Isotope Ratio Mass Spectrometry (IRMS)
- UCI Observatory
- W.M Keck Carbon Cycle Mass Spectrometer
- X-Ray Crystallography