Our department is renowned for the breadth and quality of its research. Our faculty include two Nobel Prize winners, three National Academy of Science members and twelve University Distinguished Professors. There are presently nine endowed chairs in the department. Numerous faculty awards include Guggenheim, Humboldt, Sloan Fellowships, and a variety of teaching and research awards. The George P. and Cynthia Wood Mitchell Institute for Fundamental Physics and Astronomy is housed in a facility adjacent to the new Mitchell Physics Building, and its endowment supports fundamental research in high energy physics, cosmology and astronomy. The Institute for Quantum Science and Engineering (IQSE) addresses problems in quantum science from the most fundamental level to applications in optics, nano materials and bio sciences. The adjacent Cyclotron Institute houses much of the nuclear science activities on campus and has undergone a recent accelerator upgrade and building expansion.
Graduate degree options in our department include Physics, Applied Physics, and Astronomy degrees, addressing a wide range of interests and career options. What can you do with a degree in Physics and Astronomy?
Graduate students in Physics and Astronomy participate in cutting edge research, with many going on to careers in fundamental research in National Laboratories or in Universities. Many graduates also choose to focus on teaching physics or astronomy. However our graduate programs also include research tracks that are strongly interdisciplinary, and ranging from fundamental to applied, with many of our graduates highly sought after by semiconductor, medical, and other industries. Training for physics degrees also includes important skills that will open jobs in fields such as quantitative finance and other areas of big data and information technology, oil/gas exploration and analysis, defense, and related industries.