The Old Dominion University Department of Physics is focused on the academic and career success of all of our students.

We are a close-knit and supportive faculty, with many inter-disciplinary research and teaching collaborations. Our strong connections to nearby Jefferson Laboratory provide important research opportunities for students and faculty in nuclear physics, accelerator science, and our developing program in low temperature condensed matter physics. Nearby NASA Langley Research Center provides collaborative research opportunities in atomic physics. Norfolk is located in the southeast corner of Virginia, has a mild climate in winter and is only 10 miles from Atlantic coast beaches.

Physics is the study of forces and matter, from the structure of the atom to the structure of the universe. It is also the basis for the applied sciences and engineering which have taken our world from the horse and buggy to the supersonic jet, from the candle to the laser, from the pony express to the fax, from the beads of the abacus to the chips of a computer. Physics is a field of study full of excitement where future discoveries will continue to change the world in ways beyond our wildest imagination.

Physicists work in industry and government, in laboratories and hospitals, and on university campuses. Some physicists serve in the military, teach in high schools and universities, design science museum exhibits, write books and news articles about science, give advice to federal, state, local and foreign governments, work on Wall Street, and run businesses.

Program Requirements

Bachelor's degree requirements:
Bachelor's degree in physics or closely related field is required.
Minimum undergraduate GPA: 3.0
GRE Requirements: Required
Physics GRE Requirements: Required
TOEFL Requirements: Required

Description of your department culture

The Physics Department provides a supportive environment for all students. Activities include a weekly colloquium series, a welcome BBQ, public open houses and planetarium shows, and a yearly Holiday Party. Student groups include the Physics Graduate Student Association (PGSA), the Society of Physics Students (SPS), and the Women in Physics Group.