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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
Graphic with photos of Jennifer Ross and Jason Wiles with text that reads AAAS Fellows.

(Jan. 31, 2023)

Pair of A&S Professors Receive Prestigious Distinction from the American Association for the Advancement of Science

Jennifer Ross of the Department of Physics and Jason Wiles of the Department of Biology are honored in recognition of their commitment to the advancement of science.

Exterior of Hall of Languages in winter.

(Jan. 18, 2023)

A Warm Winter Welcome to A&S’ Newest Faculty Members

The College of Arts and Sciences welcomes eight new professors this semester.

This illustration shows a glowing stream of material from a star as it is being devoured by a supermassive black hole in a tidal disruption flare.

(Jan. 12, 2023)

A Star’s Unexpected Survival

A team of physicists devise a model that maps a star’s surprising orbit about a supermassive black hole – revealing new information about one of the cosmos’ most extreme environments.

Physics Professor Lisa Manning leading a discussion at the Convergence Accelerator workshop in Cambridge, Massachusetts.

(Dec. 23, 2022)

Nature-Inspired Designs Could Offer Solutions for Global Challenges

Syracuse physics professor is leading an effort to translate research into real-world applications.