Study the World from the Ground Up

Physics students, Alyssa, Asia and Aiden share their experience conducting hands-on research alongside their supportive faculty-mentors, participating in paid professional internships at national labs and living on the Bluff with their Duquesne family.

We train versatile, creative scholars for a broad array of careers in quantitative fields. The Physic's department is opening doors for all aspiring physicists, from new faculty to new students, and for the great discoveries of tomorrow. 

Faculty and Staff

Simonetta Frittelli, Ph.D.

Simonetta Frittelli, Ph.D.

Chair and Associate Professor, Physics

Fatiha Benmokhtar, Ph.D.

Fatiha Benmokhtar, Ph.D.

Associate Professor, Physics

Ted Corcovilos, Ph.D.

Ted Corcovilos, Ph.D.

Associate Professor, Physics

Darryl Ozimek, Ph.D.

Darryl Ozimek, Ph.D.

Instructor, Physics

Monica Sorescu, Ph.D.

Monica Sorescu, Ph.D.

Associate Professor, Physics


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Authentic research experiences

We provide authentic research experiences with leaders in nuclear physics, laser physics and nanomaterials.

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Flexible degree pathways

We offer flexible degree paths toward a second major, a physics-teaching certification or an advance degree.

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Dual-degree opportunities

We offer dual-degree programs with prestigious partner institutions.


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Bachelor of Science in Physics

The Bachelor of Science (BS) program combines a strong mathematics foundation with an intense physics curriculum. Our approach emphasizes undergraduate research and hands-on skills (particularly in instrumentation, optics and electronics), as well as computing skills.

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Bachelor of Arts in Physics

The Bachelor of Arts degree combines the basic physics foundation with the flexibility to choose advanced coursework that appeals to you.

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Binary Engineering Program

The Binary Engineering program is an accelerated track to complete two STEM bachelor degrees in an average of five years: a bachelor of arts in physics from Duquesne University and a bachelor of science in an engineering major from one of our partners: the University of Pittsburgh (Pitt) or Case Western Reserve University (CWRU).

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Physics-Teaching Certifications

We offer a BA/BS Physics + MAT Secondary Education program that combines a bachelor degree in physics with a master's degree in education in the span of five years. The BSED program provides a bachelor’s degree in education with a second major in physics. Our BSED in secondary science + BA in Physics program provides two undergraduate degrees in nine semesters, with an accelerated track to graduate in eight semesters.

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Hear from the Chair

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Why major in physics? Physics seeks to answer the most fundamental questions in nature, opening unforeseeable paths to the future of knowledge and technology. Many of the comforts that we enjoy in our standard of living currently came out of research that started over one hundred years ago in a physics lab. Other sciences are reliant on the concepts and techniques developed through physics and we depend on this research for our standards of living to keep evolving with us.

Simonetta Frittelli, Ph.D. Department Chair and Associate Professor, Bayer School of Natural and Environmental Sciences

Duquesne - Pittsburgh Connection

Students engage with the Pittsburgh community in activities that promote science literacy and empower kids to learn STEM skills.


As part of the Undergraduate Research Program, students participate in ten weeks of research, community engagement, and a research symposium.

90%knowledge retention rate through experiential learning.

Our collaborations include nearby Carnegie Mellon University, University of Pittsburgh, and the Thomas Jefferson National Accelerator Facility.

Alumni contribute their talents to local tech and industrial enterprises.

$106kMedian average salary for Physicist in Pittsburgh, PA.

Questions? Contact us!

Simonetta Frittelli, Ph.D.

Chair and Associate Professor, Department of Physics

Simonetta Frittelli