Facts and Figures

Students and faculty in the School of Physical Sciences are often recognized for their outstanding contributions to the sciences. Our outstanding faculty have earned many prestigious awards and accolades. Some of the highlights are listed below:

Nobel Prizes in Physics and Chemistry



The school gained international prominence in 1995 when professors F. Sherwood Rowland (Chemistry) and Frederick Reines (Physics) each received Nobel Prizes, making UC Irvine the first public university with faculty honored in two different fields in the same year.



The National Academy of Sciences

The National Academy of Sciences is an honorific society of distinguished scholars engaged in scientific and engineering research, dedicated to the furtherance of science and technology and to their use for the general welfare. Members and foreign associates of the Academy are elected in recognition of their distinguished and continuing achievements in original research; election to the Academy is considered one of the highest honors that can be accorded a scientist or engineer. Twelve faculty members from the School of Physical Sciences have been elected; including:


The American Academy of Arts and Sciences


The American Academy of Arts and Sciences is an independent policy research center that conducts multidisciplinary studies of complex and emerging problems. The Academy’s elected members are leaders in the academic disciplines, the arts, business, and public affairs. Nine faculty members from the School of Physical Sciences have been elected; including:


*(d) deceased 

To learn about more faculty and student awards and achievements, please visit the department pages for Chemistry, Earth System Science, Mathematics and Physics & Astronomy.



Undergraduate Student Enrollment (2015-2016)

  • Chemistry: 414
  • ESS: 209
  • Math: 748
  • Physics and Astronomy: 197
  • Total: 1568

Graduate Student Enrollment (2015-2016)

  • Chemistry: 219
  • ESS: 48
  • Math: 96
  • Physics and Astronomy: 160
  • Total: 523

Degrees Awarded (2015-2016)

  • Bachelors: 289
  • Masters: 66
  • Doctorate: 84
  • Total: 439

189 Faculty Members (2016)