Why physics? It's the world.

Department picture

The subject of physics is the entire world – from the smallest elementary particle to the universe itself, and everything in between. To accomplish the ambitious task of studying physics, students will learn how to design and run experiments, develop theories and simulate nature on computers. To gain hands-on experience, all undergraduates are encouraged to work on a research project under faculty guidance. Critical thinking, problem-solving and programming are examples of the skills you'll learn here and are essential for many careers you might choose to pursue.

Department research

Magneto-Optical Trap

All graduate students in the department are actively involved in research done by faculty members. Students have a choice among theoretical, computational or experimental, fundamental or applied physics in the areas of Atomic, Condensed Matter and Cloud and Atmospheric physics. Many faculty members are engaged in research collaborations on and off campus and are well recognized nationally and internationally. Five faculty members are distinguished as American Physical Society (APS) fellows. Research efforts are supported by external funding agencies and industrial partners.


Also, visit us on facebook

Welcome to visiting scholar Dr. Yingguang Liu from Baoding, China, who will be working with Dr. Aleksandr Chernatynskiy next year.

Big congratulations to Dr. Julia Medvedeva and Dr. Ulrich Jentschura who have been selected as recipients of the 2018 Faculty Research Award, and to Dr. Greg Story who received the 2018 Faculty Teaching Award.


Nov 15: Kaya Wei (The National High Magnetic Field Lab) will present a colloquium titled "The Pursuit of Materials Research for Potential Energy Conversion Applications"

Nov 29: Thomas Vojta (Missouri S&T) will present a colloquium about this year Nobel Prize award.

Dec 6: Schearer Prize competition: Graduate students research.