About

The FSU Physics Department offers research programs that are well-funded, diverse, and provide a breadth of learning and teaching experience to over 300 graduate and undergraduate students.

Ranked in the top five by the Joint Task Force on Undergraduate Physics Programs and named among the best in the nation for Graduate Physics by U.S. News and World Report, the department is comprised of over 60 faculty members specializing in condensed matter, nuclear, high energy, atomic, and astrophysics.

The Physics Department also houses unique experimental facilities such as the John D. Fox Nuclear Accelerator Laboratory and the National High Magnetic Field Laboratory, which is the largest and highest powered magnet lab in the world.

Program Requirements

Minimum requirements for admission are a 3.0 grade point average in upper-level (junior and senior year) undergraduate course work. The Physics subject GRE is not a requirement, but will be considered as part of your application if you choose to provide it. Students whose native language is not English must complete the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) with a minimum score of 550 on the paper-based test, 213 on the computer-based test, and 80 on the Internet-based test. Meeting these minimum criteria is a prerequisite for, but not a guarantee of, admission.
GRE Requirements: Required
Physics GRE Requirements: Not Required
TOEFL Requirements: Required

Description of your department culture

The Department is very proactive with extracurricular activities, outreach and diversity programs directed at scientific careers where graduate students play important roles as leaders, mentors, participants, tour guides, and interview hosts, and innovators. Over the course of the academic year, the Department runs the Saturday Morning Physics program for area high school students, hosts a Flying Circus of Physics department-wide open house, schedules monthly shows in the Planetarium, and participates in the annual National High Magnetic Field Lab open house. Together with the Office of Science Teaching Activities, the Department offers Science on the Move that makes resources, materials, and training needed to conduct high-tech physical science labs available to teachers and students in area elementary, middle, and high schools. Graduate students also play significant roles in diversity programs and in visits to schools and colleges to encourage greater participation of underrepresented groups in our undergraduate and graduate programs. A Physics faculty member directs the Women in Math, Science & Engineering program, and faculty and their graduate students regularly act as judges at science fairs and perform science shows at local schools, summer camps for kids, and scout troops. Finally, graduate students play important roles both as participants and facilitators in Southeast Area conferences (APS, SCUWiP etc.) hosted by the Department.