Department of Physics and Astronomy

Calling all confident, innovative thinkers.

Our dedicated faculty foster close partnerships with their students through undergraduate research. With so many ways to customize your education, you can build a unique course of study that helps you meet your goals.  

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When you graduate, you’ll be prepared for success, whatever that looks like. Jump into an exciting career or continue your education in graduate or professional school.  

See what our alumni are up to.  

A Growing Field

A peek into your future.


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News & Announcements

Dr. Joe Carson has recieved SCRA's 2024 award for Applied Researcher of the Year. You may read the press release here.

Research Opportunities

Undergraduate research opportunities are available in areas such as:  

  • applied physics. 
  • astrophysics. 
  • atmospheric physics. 
  • biophysics. 
  • computational physics. 

Explore student opportunities

You can conduct research within the department throughout the academic year. We can assist with finding summer research appointments elsewhere.  

Our annual Research Poster Session showcases research activities throughout the school.


* General labor market and salary data are provided by Lightcast.