OSU Physics is friendly and welcoming, and we will support you and your professional aspirations.

We have an exciting and rich research environment and our students have been employed in rewarding and successful jobs. Corvallis is a great place to live - it is a small city of 58,000 people in the beautiful Willamette Valley in Oregon. Biking, hiking, music and community are hallmarks of our town. The Oregon coast is an hour’s drive to the west, the Cascade mountains are a two-hour drive to the east and we are just 90 miles south of the buzzing Portland metropolitan area. We collaborate widely, with other Departments at Oregon State and internationally through the NanoGrav and DUNE science consortia.

Physics students study ocean waves, exotic materials, gamma ray bursts, brain sensors and cancer cell communication, applying physics concepts to real world and beyond this world problems. Our Physics Education group and strong tradition of supporting graduate teaching assistants both financially and professionally has led to a strong placement record in physics teaching positions both in Oregon and nationwide.

Program Requirements

Bachelor's degree requirements:
A bachelor's degree is required.
Minimum undergraduate GPA: 3.0
GRE Requirements: Required
Physics GRE Requirements: Required
TOEFL Requirements: Required

Description of your department culture

OSU’s Physics Department offers a supportive, welcoming environment. It is small enough to know everyone and large enough to offer many research choices. Research collaboration with other departments is common and encouraged. We have active student clubs including PhIS (Physicists for Inclusion in Science), Astronomy Club, Society of Physics Students. Our weekly colloquium features speakers from academia and industry in many different areas of Physics, and our weekly seminar features local faculty and students presenting their research. We have social events attended by the graduate and undergraduate students, the faculty and staff, and often by alumni.

We pay attention to professional development. Students attend conferences, take presentation and writing courses, and learn to craft resumes. There are opportunities to assist teaching upper and lower division physics and astronomy, with support for teaching and pedagogy throughout that time.