The Department of Physics and Astronomy (DPA) traces its ancestry back to a small teaching department which began in 1920.

The Department of Physics and Astronomy offers graduate programs leading to the Ph.D. and M.S. degrees. The 2010 NRC ranking which is the most prestigeous ranking in the US, ranks us among to the top 50 programs in the country. The Department is located in Sharp Laboratory, which houses a physics library, research and teaching laboratories, excellent machine and electronics shops and ample of advanced computing facilities.

Research opportunities:

A graduate physics education should stimulate intellectual excitement and instill the knowledge, skills, confidence, independence, and versatility needed for a successful career in either the sciences and other quantitative or technical fields. Essential to this goal is a talented, enthusiastic, and imaginative faculty committed to the professional development of graduate students.

Graduate Program faculty and students are involved in a variety of experimental, theoretical, and computational research activities. In-house experimental research laboratories are well equipped for studies of condensed and molecular matter. Off-campus research activities involve high altitude balloon flights, a worldwide network of neutron monitors, and cosmic ray and solar observatories in Antarctica. Faculty and students also conduct research at national laboratories, both in the U.S. and abroad, and make use of a variety of ground- and space-based astronomical observatories.

Program Requirements

Twenty-four credit hours of classroom courses plus six credits of M.S. thesis.
Thirty credit hours for M.S. without thesis.

Thirty credit hours of classroom courses, passing the Ph.D. written and oral candidacy exam, Ph.D. thesis. Students entering the program with a Master's degree may follow the Ph.D. fast track which has a reduced course requirement of 12 credit hours.
GRE Requirements: Required
Physics GRE Requirements: Required
TOEFL Requirements: Required

Description of your department culture

Graduate student events hosted by Academic Support Coordinator and PAGSS to promote comradery and student support. With the graduate study cohort consisting of individuals from a variety of nationalities, the Department of Physics & Astronomy aims to foster and celebrate diversities while welcoming new experiences.