Department of Physics
Satisfy your curiosity about the universe, from the largest astronomical scale to the smallest subnuclear particle. Physics will help you strengthen your quantitative reasoning skills and problem-solve through experimentation, simulation and analytical tools.
Imagine yourself exploring the galaxy, building the next quantum computer, dissecting how cells crawl, or shining light on how atoms and the world itself comes together. These exciting experiences can be found within the world of physics. Physics is concerned with the most basic principles that underlie all phenomena in the universe from sub-atomic particles to whole universes and everything in between. In Physics, you will learn about these exciting phenomena along with important skills in logic, problem solving, quantitative reasoning, and experimental design that employers in all fields are seeking. Our graduates from both our PhD and bachelor’s programs go on to work in academia, national labs, engineering industries, data science, in Silicon Valley and on Wall Street.
The Mission of the Physics Department is to create a community of physics scholars dedicated to excellent research and teaching that is welcome to all! We are thrilled to have you on the team for this important mission.
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Recent Physics News
The APS recognized Ballmer for his role in designing gravitational-wave detectors and interpreting their observations.
A team of A&S physicists develop one of the first 3D simulations capturing how cells containing the protein vimentin move through body tissue.
A&S Physicist Part of a Five-University Team Programming Biological Cells to Design Futuristic Materials
The group’s NSF-funded project will provide a framework for the design of synthetic materials that accomplish biological functions.
The Kashi and Kameshwar C. Wali Lecture Presents Wildlife Conservation Scientist Krithi K. Karanth September 27
The annual lecture was renamed this year to honor Kameshwar C. Wali's late wife, Kashi.