About

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.

The Department of Physics at Lehigh University offers programs leading to the B.A. in astronomy, the B.S. in astrophysics, and to the B.A., B.S., M.S., and Ph.D. degrees in physics, as well as a summer research program for undergraduates.

Research areas include astronomy and astrophysics; atomic, molecular, and optical physics; biophysics; computational physics; condensed-matter physics; general relativity, cosmology, and string theory; high-energy and accelerator physics; nano science; non-linear optics and photonics; plasma physics; soft-condensed matter and complex fluids; and statistical physics.

The Department of Physics is housed in the Sherman Fairchild Center for the Physical Sciences, containing Lewis Laboratory, the Sherman Fairchild Laboratory for Solid State Studies, and a large connecting research wing.

Bethlehem in the Lehigh Valley of Pennsylvania is 50 miles north of Philadelphia and 90 miles west of New York City, making the cultural, entertainment, and transportation facilities of these cities easily accessible. Founded by Moravians in 1741, Bethlehem has its own rich cultural heritage. Dozens of historic buildings and locales have been remarkably preserved and are in current use, giving the community a charming colonial atmosphere.

Program Requirements

Master's:
Thirty credit hours required, including a research project. No minimum grade point average, but more than four grades below B cause a student to become ineligible for further graduate work. All work for M.S. must be done in residence at Lehigh. No foreign language requirement and no requirement for comprehensive/qualifying examination or thesis.

Doctorate:
Nine credits of coursework beyond M.S. required, but Ph.D. programs usually include 20 or more credits beyond M.S. Minimum time requirement of two years with at least one year in residence. Qualifying examination, general examination, and thesis defense required. No departmental or university language requirements.
GRE Requirements: Required
Physics GRE Requirements: Recommended
TOEFL Requirements: Required

Description of your department culture

Lehigh graduate students enjoy a camaraderie that extends beyond the office and transcends their years at Lehigh. Dinners, softball games, open-door offices, weddings, and other get-togethers keep them in touch and cheerful as they face the work that graduate school presents.