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Physical Sciences at University of Pennsylvania

If you plan to study physical sciences, take a look at what University of Pennsylvania has to offer and decide if the program is a good match for you. Get started with the following essential facts.

UPenn is located in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania and has a total student population of 26,552. In the 2020-2021 academic year, 80 students received a bachelor's degree in physical sciences from UPenn.

Want to know more about the career opportunities in this field? Check out the Careers in Physical Sciences section at the bottom of this page.

UPenn Physical Sciences Degrees Available

  • Basic Certificate in Physical Sciences (Less Than 1 Year)
  • Bachelor’s Degree in Physical Sciences
  • Master’s Degree in Physical Sciences
  • Doctorate Degree in Physical Sciences

Online Classes Are Available at UPenn

Don't have the time or the flexibility in your schedule to take traditional classes? Online courses may be the perfect solution for you. They allow independent learners to study when and where they want to while offering the rigor of in-person classes.

UPenn does offer online education options in physical sciences for the following degree levels for those interested in distance learning:

UPenn Physical Sciences Rankings

The following rankings from College Factual show how the physical sciences progam at UPenn compares to programs at other colleges and universities.

Note: Although rankings can help you see some information about a school, it's not a good idea to depend on them alone. Be sure to check out other things about the school before making your decision to attend.

Bachelor’s Degree Overall Quality & Other Notable Rankings

The physical sciences major at UPenn is not ranked on College Factual’s Best Colleges and Universities for Physical Sciences. This could be for a number of reasons, such as not having enough data on the major or school to make an accurate assessment of its quality.

Ranking Type Rank
Most Focused Physical Sciences Basic Certificate Schools 20
Most Popular Physical Sciences Bachelor’s Degree Schools 80

In 2021, 70 students received their master’s degree in physical sciences from UPenn. This makes it the #21 most popular school for physical sciences master’s degree candidates in the country.

There were 49 students who received their doctoral degrees in physical sciences, making the school the #38 most popular school in the United States for this category of students.

Physical Sciences Student Demographics at UPenn

Take a look at the following statistics related to the make-up of the physical sciences majors at University of Pennsylvania.

UPenn Physical Sciences Bachelor’s Program

29% Women
33% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*
Of the 80 students who graduated with a bachelor’s in physical sciences from UPenn in 2021, 71% were men and 29% were women.


About 55% of those who receive a bachelor's degree in physical sciences at UPenn are white. This is typical for this degree on the nationwide level.

The following table and chart show the race/ethnicity for students who recently graduated from University of Pennsylvania with a bachelor's in physical sciences.

Race/Ethnicity Number of Students
Asian 16
Black or African American 3
Hispanic or Latino 3
White 44
International Students 10
Other Races/Ethnicities 4

UPenn Physical Sciences Master’s Program

36% Women
23% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*
The physical sciences program at UPenn awarded 70 master's degrees in 2020-2021. About 64% of these degrees went to men with the other 36% going to women.


The following table and chart show the race/ethnicity for students who recently graduated from University of Pennsylvania with a master's in physical sciences.

Race/Ethnicity Number of Students
Asian 10
Black or African American 3
Hispanic or Latino 2
White 32
International Students 22
Other Races/Ethnicities 1

UPenn also has a doctoral program available in physical sciences. In 2021, 49 students graduated with a doctor's degree in this field.

Concentrations Within Physical Sciences

The following physical sciences concentations are available at University of Pennsylvania. The completion numbers here include all graduates who receive any type of degree in this field from University of Pennsylvania. Some of these focus areas may not be available for your degree level.

Concentration Annual Degrees Awarded
Physics 99
Chemistry 76
Geological & Earth Sciences 27

Careers That Physical Sciences Grads May Go Into

A degree in physical sciences can lead to the following careers. Since job numbers and average salaries can vary by geographic location, we have only included the numbers for PA, the home state for University of Pennsylvania.

Occupation Jobs in PA Average Salary in PA
High School Teachers 50,460 $64,830
Architectural and Engineering Managers 7,220 $150,400
Chemists 5,460 $77,250
Natural Sciences Managers 4,480 $147,810


*The racial-ethnic minorities count is calculated by taking the total number of students and subtracting white students, international students, and students whose race/ethnicity was unknown. This number is then divided by the total number of students at the school to obtain the racial-ethnic minorities percentage.

More about our data sources and methodologies.

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