Explore Physical Sciences

Founded by Nobel laureates and members of the National Academy of Sciences, our Departments of Chemistry and Biochemistry, Mathematics, and Physics have all played a central role in UC San Diego’s rapid rise to national and international prominence. Just as it was at its founding, the division is broad in scope and inherently interdisciplinary.

Career Paths

The Division of Physical Sciences includes the Departments of Chemistry and Biochemistry, Mathematics, and Physics. Researchers within the division delve into scientific and computational issues that are of critical relevance to all facets of society. We address climate change, fabricate nanoparticles to image tumors and deliver drugs, probe the fundamental nature of matter, trace the evolution of the universe, hunt for elusive subatomic particles, design detection systems for toxins and explosives, to name only some of the faculty’s achievements. Graduate students have the opportunity to work with leaders in their fields.

Below is a list of sample job titles within the Division of Physical Sciences. Please note that this is not a comprehensive list. These job titles link to the Occupational Outlook Handbook.

Gain Experience

Join professional associations.

Join a student organization at UC San Diego!

For a comprehensive list of clubs, check out the Center for Student Involvement webpage.

Get Involved With an Internship or Research.

Prep for Graduate School

Before applying to graduate school, you want to consider whether graduate school is right for you. You want to ask yourself if you actually need a graduate degree to do your ideal job. To explore that, try looking at some job descriptions of the types of positions you want and see what they are asking for in an applicant. Once you've determine if graduate school is necessary then you want to select and apply to the program that best fits your professional goals.

Researching programs

Application Process

Paying for graduate school

Get the Job