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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

(Aug. 19, 2022)

A&S Physicist Awarded NSF Grant to Continue Gravitational Wave Detector Research

Professor Stefan W. Ballmer and his students are collaborating with researchers from MIT to increase detector sensitivity – a key to observing some of the Universe’s most energetic events.

Student presenting research to a small group of people.

(Aug. 10, 2022)

A Home-Grown Path for Future Physicists

Syracuse City School District students get a taste for college-level research alongside A&S faculty through the Syracuse University Research in Physics (SURPh) paid internship.

Side by side portraits of Eric Coughlin, left, and Jillian Scheer, right.

(June 27, 2022)

Two A&S Professors Receive Powe Junior Faculty Enhancement Awards

The awards will support physicist Eric Coughlin’s astrophysical research into deep tidal disruptions and psychologist Jillian Scheer’s work with at-risk LGBTQ populations.

(May 9, 2022)

All they need are space and time: Graduate students bring physics to local classrooms with outreach program

Merrill Asp and Sarthak Gupta lead the charge to build bridges between the Syracuse University physics community and local middle- and high-school students.