Department of Physics and Astronomy

Welcome to the Department of Physics and Astronomy at The University of Toledo. We are a growing, world-class department with strong programs in research and academics, nationally and internationally recognized faculty members, ties to physics-related industries and a record of student success. We strive to provide students with access to the cutting-edge research efforts of a larger institution, while still maintaining the level of personal interaction with faculty found at smaller places. Our faculty have the highest level of external research funding at UToledo, with a five-year total of more than $42 million! (Source: UToledo Office of Research, 12/2023)

eclipse viewing party at the UToledo Glass Bowl!

Join us at the University of Toledo for the Great American Eclipse on April 8, 2024. This total eclipse of the sun will bring mid-afternoon darkness to Toledo which will not be repeated until 2099! You can view the path of the eclipse on this interactive map. For most of us, this is a once in a lifetime event, so do your best clear sky dance and experience the wonder of this eclipse!

starting median salaries for physics and astronomy careers

In addition to providing a strong education in physics and astronomy, our programs educate students in the areas of critical thinking, modeling, design and development. This allows physics and astronomy majors to be hired in a variety of settings. Salary information is based on AIP statistics.

$115,000
Private sector grad

$60,000
Private sector undergrad

$65,000
National labs

$45,000
Education

Physics and astronomy - study the world and the universe

The study of physics & astronomy allows us to address the age-old questions, “how do things work?” and “where do we come from?” Physics forms the basis for other sciences and much of our technology. Additionally, an understanding of physics plays a crucial role in addressing many important challenges such as energy production, semiconductor technology, and climate change.

Last Updated: 2/19/24