Auburn University

Leach Science Center Suite 2158, 380 Duncan Drive, Auburn, Alabama 36849, United States of America


Educating the Next Generation of Scientists

The Auburn Physics is a department of the College of Sciences and Mathematics (COSAM) at Auburn University. Our faculty and curriculum provide a proven path for students to pursue rewarding careers in Physics. While a student in our program, you will engage in fascinating and cutting-edge research with faculty that are well-connected and active in the international scientific community. 

In addition to its outstanding people, the Physics Department boasts state-of-the-art facilities for performing research at the forefront of science. These include the following:

The Compact Toroidal Hybrid, a magnetic confinement fusion device, is being used to test new theories of plasma containment and to help understand the intricacies of plasma transport and dynamics.

The Accelerator Laboratory employs a linear accelerator to apply the techniques of nuclear physics to probe the structure of solids, surfaces, and their interfaces.

The Laboratory for NanoPhotonics provides for the use of advances in solid state physics and optics to manipulate, utilize, and study light-matter interaction in a reduced dimension.

The AMO Physics Laboratory houses instruments for studying the interaction of atoms and molecules with ionizing radiation.

The Dusty Plasma Facility houses a powerful magnet to create dusty plasmas with magnetized dust.

Auburn faculty and students make extensive use of Computational Facilities including local clusters and millions of cpu hours on off-site super computers.

Program Requirements

Each student must complete 30 hours of course work with a minimum grade average of 3.0/4.0. No specific residency period is stipulated. A thesis option and nonthesis option are available.

Each student must complete 60 hours of course work including dissertation and research hours. Each candidate must maintain a grade point average of 3.0/4.0 or better. Passage of a general doctoral examination is required of all students. A dissertation based on original research must be completed and defended in a final oral examination.

GRE Requirements: Required
Physics GRE Requirements: Not Required
TOEFL Requirements: Required