Prospective Students

Why major in Physics/Astrophysics?

Physics encompasses a broad range of topics, from the study of the largest galaxies to the investigation of the smallest subatomic particles—as well as the matter that surrounds us in everyday life. Physicists seek to discover unifying fundamental principles that connect disparate phenomena, identify and characterize new kinds of matter and unravel the history of the universe.

A physics major not only gives you academic knowledge but also provides you with practical skills which can be utilized in a variety of careers and fields of study. Students who major in physics pursue many different career paths — from graduate studies in physics, engineering, or other sciences to jobs in government, industry, schools, and other organizations.

For more information and resources about careers of interest to physics majors, check out the American Physical Society (APS), the American Institute of Physics (AIP), and the Society of Physics Students (SPS).

What's special about studying Physics and Astrophysics at Tufts?

The Department of Physics and Astronomy is proud to offer a challenging and enriching academic experience in a welcoming and supportive community. Undergraduates have opportunities to explore a wide variety of topics in physics and astronomy through stimulating yet accessible courses at all levels. Courses are taught by faculty who are leading researchers in their fields and are also deeply committed to teaching undergraduates. Our brand-new lab facilities support students both in their coursework and in research experiences.

Our students have opportunities to engage in meaningful research with the guidance of our faculty both in the summer and during the academic year. We host regular speaker series that are open to all students, and the undergraduate Society of Physics Students meets weekly for pizza and conversation. Tufts also has an active chapter of oSTEM and our students regularly attend the annual Conference for Undergraduate Women in Physics. If you visit our building you will almost always find our students collaborating on projects, studying together, sharing advice, and just having fun.

Our majors are regularly accepted to many of the top graduate programs in the country, as well as to top medical schools, and find work in a wide range of fields.

How do I apply to Tufts as an undergraduate?

For information about applying to Tufts for your undergraduate education, please visit the Admissions website.

If you are interested in majoring in Physics or Astrophysics, there's nothing special you need to do beyond the regular Tufts application. Once you arrive at Tufts you will have plenty of time to take courses, discuss your academic plan with your advisor, and declare your major. If you have questions and would like us to put you in touch with a current Tufts undergraduate Physics or Astrophysics major, please contact us.