Graduate students in our department are actively engaged in frontier research using state-of-the-art equipment with internationally recognized faculty mentors, and in establishing excellent independent research practices for their future careers.
The Department of Physics and Astronomy aims to promote the physical understanding of nature through dedicated research-based teaching, active learning, service, and innovative research at the highest level.
The graduate program in Physics currently has approximately 85 students, 40 standing faculty, 12 emeritus faculty, and more than 20 postdoctoral fellows and research scientists, plus visiting scholars and full-time scientific support staff.
We offer two programs of study. Our doctoral program has been awarding Ph.D.s in Physics since 1899, and is currently training over 175 students in all areas of physics. Our MS in Physics-Quantum Computing (MSPQC) has been awarding degrees since 2020
The department offers a program of coursework and research leading to the M.S. and Ph.D. degrees in physics. Approximately 40 graduate students are enrolled in the Physics department, supported by research and teaching assistantships and fellowships.