The University of Maine Department of Physics and Astronomy is a student-centered research department that fully involves our student colleagues into the research enterprise.

Our department is characterized by active participation by students in the learning process. Our faculty use state-of-the-art pedagogical methods and materials developed from research on learning and teaching of physics. Students are actively engaged in building conceptual understanding as well as solving traditional problems – from introductory mechanics to quantum mechanics.

The state’s land grant and sea grant university and the flagship institution in the University of Maine System, UMaine is one of New England’s premier universities. Our students create success stories — with a wide variety of programs and opportunities — and we do so with world-class faculty members; internationally recognized research; first-rate facilities; a friendly, safe atmosphere; and easy access to some of the best year-round recreation sites in the nation, including Acadia National Park (60 miles away).

Program Requirements

Bachelor's degree requirements:
Bachelor's degree in Physics is normally required.

Minimum undergraduate GPA: 3.0
GRE Requirements: Required
Physics GRE Requirements: Required
TOEFL Requirements: Required

Description of your department culture

The Department of Physics and Astronomy is strongly student-centered, with faculty and staff eager to support students throughout their programs of study and research. We offer a curriculum designed for students to become highly competent in the subject matter of Physics and Astronomy, and our research programs are largely built around student participation. Faculty members are readily available to meet with students, as needed, to guide and encourage student progress.

There is an active Society of Physics Students chapter (designated an Outstanding Chapter for the past 2 years), and graduate students are active in the university's Graduate Student Government. Both graduate and undergraduate students frequently participate in K-12 and public outreach activities across the state.

The department’s faculties are concentrated in six broad research fields of physics: experimental condensed matter (including surface and interface science, sensor research and development, and nanophysics), physics education research, biophysics, environmental/health physics, astrophysics, and theoretical/computational physics, with an emphasis on the modeling of condensed matter systems.