Prospective Students

Welcome to the Department of Physics and Astronomy

Our deep engagement with research informs much of the teaching that takes place here. In addition to our core set of physics courses, we help students develop their skills in instrumentation, computation, data analysis, and oral and written communication. We encourage them to see the physics in the real world, and to explore connections with other disciplines.

About the Department
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Undergraduate Programs

Whether you are a current or prospective physics or astrophysics major, an engineering or life sciences student fulfilling a requirement, a liberal arts student looking for a natural science course, or just someone who wants to know more about the physical world, we're committed to providing you with an exciting, challenging and supportive experience exploring what we know and what we are still learning about how our universe works.

Undergraduate Programs Undergraduate Admissions

Graduate Programs

The Department of Physics and Astronomy offers programs of study leading to MS and PhD degrees, with a full range of graduate level courses and research opportunities in astronomy, biophysics, condensed matter physics, cosmology, elementary particle physics, and quantum information.

Graduate Programs Graduate Admissions

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The Department of Physics and Astronomy includes five research programs: Astronomy and Astrophysics, Condensed Matter, Cosmology and Relativity, High Energy Physics, and Physics Education Research. Research in these areas involve faculty, postdocs, visitors, graduate, and undergraduate students.

Department Research

Alumni Stories

There are so many options for graduates with degrees in physics and astronomy, and we are proud of the variety of paths our undergraduate and graduate alumni pursue. We hope you will keep in touch with us and share your latest achievements as well.

Undergraduate Alumni Graduate Alumni

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