About the Department of Physics and Materials Science
Physics and Materials Science is a broad and complex field that uses mathematical models to explain the nature and behavior of all manner of physical systems from the smallest particles inside the nucleus to the entire universe in which we live.
The Department of Physics and Materials Science has faculty expertise that reflects the diversity of opportunities available within the discipline. The bachelor's degree offered in the department includes five concentrations
- General Physics – for students interested in fundamental research and academia,
- Applied Physics - for students interested in engineering and industry
- Astronomy - for students interested in astronomy
- Materials Science – for students interested in industry and research
- Physics for Medical Science – for students interested in medical school, medical industry, and health professions
Undergraduate research is a vital part of our curriculum. We encourage early participation in the freshman year through our three unique undergraduate research courses. Students have the opportunity to participate in cutting edge research using our state-of-the-art facilities.
The department also has a graduate program at the master and doctoral levels. The master's degree program has concentrations in General Physics, Computational Physics, and Materials Science. Our Engineering Physics PhD concentration is offered through the Herff College of Engineering PhD program.
The department has active research in the areas of biomaterials, biophotonics, nanoscience, nanotechnology, condensed matter physics, theoretical physics, fractional calculus, astrophysics, and solar physics.