In the first year you’ll build a solid foundation in both theoretical and experimental physics. Over subsequent years you’ll have access to the School’s full range of expertise in physics and astronomy, choosing from specialised modules including quantum mechanics, fluid dynamics, spacetime and gravity, and statistical physics. You’ll be taught by active researchers in these fields, giving you unique insights into higher-level topics. You can tailor your degree with our flexible programme, either taking a broad overview of the whole discipline or focusing on a specialist area. You’ll develop practical skills in lab work and programming that can be applied in commerce, industry or research. In your final year, you’ll further develop your own interests through your independent research project, supervised by one of the School’s academic specialists.
The undergraduate program offers the flexibility to accommodate students with a range of interests, allowing them to take a considerable course load outside the department. Students preparing for graduate school can choose from a variety of advanced-level courses. Graduate study is strongly focused on research, with equal emphasis on theoretical and experimental studies. The department has strong and growing groups in experimental condensed matter physics and biophysics in addition to traditional strengths in theoretical and experimental elementary particle physics, theoretical and experimental gravity and cosmology, experimental nuclear and atomic physics, mathematical physics, and theoretical condensed matter physics.
Physics provides much of the conceptual foundation and instrumentation fundamental to astronomy, engineering and other sciences. It has inspired the creative work of mathematicians, philosophers and social scientists. Drew’s program is designed to provide rigorous preparation for those planning careers in the field, while also serving the needs of liberal arts students interested in a variety of other careers.
Physics is the study of how the universe works and why it works that way, with a focus on understanding matter, energy, and the interactions between the two. Taking this degree will prepare you for a wide range of career options and graduate school, and is a good springboard into other areas of scientific study. The Physics program in the Faculty of Science offers concentrations in biology, chemistry and mathematics. You can start this program at the Surrey campus.
Richard L. Conolly College of Liberal Arts and Sciences Physics is the study of the most fundamental laws governing our universe. LIU Brooklyn’s Department of Physics offers courses that cover the essential subjects necessary for a comprehensive understanding of these basic physical laws. Topics addressed include classical mechanics, energy and its conservation, electromagnetism, optics, relativity, and atomic and nuclear physics. Relevance to such areas as climate change, space exploration, alternative energies and nuclear radiation are also examined. Our world-renowned faculty members are currently engaged in such research areas as theoretical high energy physics and observational radio astronomy.
The Department of Physics at UC Santa Barbara has seen exponential growth since its inception in 1944, comprising then just a small handful of students and faculty interested in pushing the limits of scientific discovery. Today the department is often compared to physics programs at Harvard, Princeton, Berkeley and MIT. Currently housing three Nobel Prize winners, 16 memberships of the National Academies, and a host of award winning faculty, UC Santa Barbara’s relatively small Physics Department is now ranked among the top five graduate programs in the Nation. (2010 National Research Rankings) The Physics Department is located in Broida Hall, named after Herbert P. Broida, a distinguished early member of the Department who made many contributions to molecular physics, laser spectroscopy and related fields.
The Department of Physics at Northeastern University offers a broad range of curricula that reflect the intellectual excitement and relevance of studying physics both within its broadly defined traditional boundaries and at the intersection with other disciplines, in particular the biomedical sciences, where physics is having a growing impact. In addition, the department offers unique opportunities for students to experience frontline research at the undergraduate level through internships in faculty research labs and coops.
This is an algebra-based course with emphasis placed on understanding through problem-solving. Topics include classical mechanics, Newton’s laws, energy, oscillation, wave mechanics, and acoustics. Principles and concepts are explained through applications to the life sciences, sports, and other appropriate topics. A 3-hour laboratory augments and illustrates material covered in class. Offered selectively. Prerequisite: MA 108 or permission.
Physicists play a critical role in applying the principles of matter and energy to solve scientific problems and make beneficial contributions to society. They work on local, national, and global levels within the fields of nuclear energy, space exploration, medical research, and electronics. As a student in the Department of Physics, you will receive individualized support from a network of professors who are experts in the areas including numerical astrophysics, holography, lasers, and black holes. The department offers a variety of courses, including optics, thermodynamics, and electromagnetism. There are internship opportunities at local businesses and organizations, including the world-renowned Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory.
As a physics major, you’ll develop analytical and problem solving skills while being able to customize your studies. You’ll take a common core set of courses and can then choose a concentration that complements the core, such as physics, or an interdisciplinary concentration such as chemical physics, geophysics, astrophysics, biophysics, applied math, philosophy of science, computer science, etc. The combination of biology/chemistry as a concentration is appropriate if you’re pre-med; you can also create an individualized concentration with courses in physics-related economics, history, law or business.
The Physics (PHYS) program at Skagit Valley College is designed to serve the diverse needs of the community by inspiring students with an interest in discovery and a desire for lifelong learning, as well as by promoting critical thinking skills. The Physics program provides courses for interested non-majors, science majors, and engineering majors. Two year-long sequences provide solid foundations in general physics: PHYS& 134, PHYS& 135, PHYS& 136 (algebra-based) and PHYS& 241, PHYS& 242, and PHYS& 243 (calculus-based). Both sequences emphasize lab work to offer students hands-on experience with physical concepts and analysis. Non-science majors with an interest in physics may choose to take PHYS& 100, a non-lab survey of physics concepts or PHYS 111 (Matter and Energy in Physics).
With a physics major, you can study the universe from the largest galaxies to the smallest particles. Physics is the most fundamental science and an integral part of many other disciplines, including astronomy, biology, chemistry, earth science, and engineering. You’ll take courses in classical and quantum mechanics, electricity and magnetism, and modern physics. Since physics incorporates so many other sciences, it’s a versatile degree. Employment rates for physics majors are among the highest nationwide.
This Guide is intended to provide a concise overview of the requirements and procedures of our graduate program in Physics and Astronomy. It is not intended to supplant in any way the regulations or requirements that are spelled out in LSU's General Catalog and Graduate Bulletin. Graduate students are expected to know and comply with the regulations of the Graduate School. In any instance where this Guide is in conflict with the Catalog or Bulletin, the Catalog or Bulletin information takes precedence. The Catalog and the Bulletin are available online at the web site of the LSU Graduate School. The graduate program is designed to provide a general post-graduate education in Physics and/or Astronomy. At the Ph. D. level, the goal of the program is to develop a professional-level competence in creative research. At the Master's level, the program is intended to provide a general competence in Physics and/or Astronomy suitable either for teaching or for technical employment in a related field. The department also offers a Masters Degree in Medical Physics and Health Physics, as well as a Medical Physics concentration for the PhD Degree, described in Appendix B.
The Department of Physics offers work leading to degrees in Physics at both the master’s and doctoral levels. Experimental and theoretical work leading to a graduate degree is available in the following general areas: atomic, molecular, and laser physics; biophysics; condensed matter and materials physics; high-energy particle physics; and high-energy nuclear physics.
A background in physics prepares students for diverse fields such as astronomy, medicine, engineering, architecture, consulting, acoustics, science education, science policy, as well as physics. Physics courses explore physical phenomena and properties of the universe like mechanics, gravitation, electricity and magnetism, atomic and nuclear structure, waves and optics, and the properties of matter and energy. During coursework, students acquire skills with the theoretical and experimental tools required for the practice of physics and astronomy. At the same time, students come to appreciate how the intersection of science and technology has shaped history and society. The department's education facilities include laboratories equipped with modern technology and multiple teaching spaces tailored to foster interactive learning. All physics majors are required to participate in undergraduate research experiences mentored by faculty members or by colleagues at any of the many science research institutions in the Washington, DC area. The department's faculty members are active in research in multiple subfields of physics including optics, atomic and condensed matter theory, astrophysics, particle physics, physics education, quantum information, and gravitational physics.
Physics is the study of motion, matter, and energy. It is the most fundamental of the sciences, and it provides the essential underpinnings for chemistry, biology, astronomy, and geology. Physicists probe the structure of atomic nuclei, use lasers to study antimatter at ultra-low temperatures, and develop theories that predict the origin and destiny of the universe. Physics also has applications to a wide variety of tasks, such as creating large-scale circuits, producing high efficiency solar cells, and developing nanomachines. Physics at CSU is a close-knit community in which you will get to work alongside your fellow students and professors.
Physics is everywhere in our world, including: Your car negotiating an icy turn The imaging techniques that have revolutionized modern medicine Exotic objects like quasars and black holes in the outermost reaches of space Near or far, everyday or exotic, everything in our universe has to obey the laws of physics. The aim of physics is to find the rules by which everything in the universe plays. The challenge of applied physics is to be creative within the rules. You may want your bridge to be beautiful and get traffic across quickly, but you also don't want it to collapse. The physics program at Curry College stresses broadly applicable concepts and analytical skills. Whether your career goal is medicine, law, forensic science, finance, or education, a minor in physics can provide you with an additional powerful perspective on the world.
Graduate education in physics at Harvard offers students exciting opportunities extending over a diverse range of subjects and departments. In the Department of Physics, talented and hardworking graduate students work in state-of-the-art facilities with renowned faculty and accomplished postdoctoral fellows. The department's primary areas of experimental and theoretical research include atomic and molecular physics, quantum optics, condensed-matter physics, computational physics, the physics of solids and fluids, biophysics, astrophysics, statistical mechanics, mathematical physics, high-energy particle physics, quantum field theory, string theory, and relativity. The department is committed to fostering a welcoming, inclusive environment and attracting the widest possible range of talents, and currently has more than 50 faculty members (including emeriti), over 100 postdoctoral fellows, and over 200 graduate students. The on-campus buildings of the Department of Physics include Jefferson Laboratory and Lyman Laboratory. Jefferson Laboratory is the oldest physics laboratory in the country and today includes a wing designed and renovated specifically to facilitate study and collaboration among the department's graduate students.
The Department of Physics at City College has a long tradition of distinguished faculty and students. Many of our alumni have achieved prominence in academic, industrial and governmental physics positions; three of them, Arno Penzias, Leon Lederman and Robert Hofstadter, have won the Nobel Prize in Physics. Today the Department continues to reflect this tradition of scientific excellence. The faculty include members of the National Academies of Sciences and National Academy of Engineering, fellows of the American Physical Society, and the American Academy of Arts and Sciences. They are deeply engaged in cutting-edge research, including biophysics, high-energy physics, condensed matter and soft-condensed matter physics, ultrafast spectroscopy and photonics, to name just a few.
The MIT Physics Department is one of the best places in the world for research and education in physics. We have been ranked the number one physics department since 2002 by US News & World Report. In recent years we have produced the largest numbers of undergraduate and doctoral degrees in physics of any university in the US. Our successes are widely admired and emulated. The Department has about 75 faculty, 280 undergraduate majors, and 245 graduate students. Our research is organized into four primary research areas, pushing back the frontiers of human understanding of space and time and of matter and energy in all its forms, from the subatomic to the cosmological and from the elementary to the complex. We have had five Nobel Prize winning faculty members since 1990. Five of our alumni have won Nobel Prizes since 1998, which reflects the outstanding quality of students we attract and the superb education they receive. The Department has been the source of innovation in physics education for decades. Eight members of our Department have won the Oersted Medal, the most prestigious award of the American Association of Physics Teachers. Our most recent educational initiatives are the Technology Enabled Active Learning approach to freshman physics, and an alternative flexible SB degree that has helped to more than double the number of physics majors since a decade ago.
From subatomic particles to galaxies with billions of stars, physics studies what the universe is made of and how it works. As a physics major at UC Davis, you will learn about our present understanding of the universe and also have the opportunity to join with our faculty in research that pushes forward the frontier of knowledge. This research ranges from the very smallest distances associated with elementary particle physics through nanophysics and superconductivity and on to the structure and evolution of the entire universe. We offer A.B. and B.S. degrees in physics as well as a B.S. with astrophysics specialization.
Major, Minor Through GW’s physics program, you can study the fundamental laws discovered in physics and see how they apply to all the sciences and the world in which we live. Physics is part of the natural, mathematical and biomedical sciences discipline in the Columbian College of Arts and Sciences. Through courses ranging from classical mechanics to electromagnetic theory, the physics program aims to strengthen students’ abilities to use mathematical logic, deductive reasoning, developed intuition and careful observation.
The graduate student in physics has two primary responsibilities: to broaden and deepen his or her own understanding of physics, and to contribute in a significant way to the progress of physics as a research discipline. Neither of these efforts can be completely separated from the other. Your understanding of physics is necessarily reflected in your research, and your research will help to deepen your understanding of physics. However, the relative emphasis gradually shifts during graduate study from early concentration on formal course work to the original research necessary for a PhD dissertation. At Case Western Reserve University, the formal requirements for the PhD degree are a course requirement, a qualifying examination, and a dissertation requirement. Exceptions to these departmental requirements are possible, and individual requests for changes will be carefully considered. There is no foreign language requirement. Although most students apply to the department’s PhD program, the department maintains a master’s degree program as well. This program involves fewer courses than the PhD program, and may or may not involve a dissertation, depending upon the student’s needs and interests. The requirements for the master's degree are outlined in the relevant section below. The department also has a master’s track in Physics Entrepreneurship. This program is designed for students who have a background in physics and a passion for innovation, entrepreneurship, and working for small companies and startups. Students study graduate-level physics, practical business, and technology innovation while working on a real-world entrepreneurial project with an existing company or their own startup. The Physics Entrepreneurship Program helps connect students with mentors, advisors, partners, funding sources and job opportunities. The requirements for this master’s track are outlined in the relevant section below.
Discoveries in physics and astronomy expand our understanding of the components and interaction laws that govern nature from the smallest of scales – the quarks that are the building blocks of protons and neutrons – to the overwhelming largest of scales – the collections of galaxies in the universe. In the realms between, physicists generate new materials, develop the scientific basis for new technologies, and find the motifs and rules that make nature understandable. In courses in physics and astronomy, students learn fundamental knowledge about mechanics and Newton’s laws, the magnetic and electrical properties of matter, quantum and statistical mechanics, dark matter and dark energy as well as the applied, quantum mechanical properties of nanodevices, the uses of lasers in genetics research and surgery, and the forces cells use to move. No matter what the question – How and when did the universe come to be? Why is matter sometimes left- and other times right-handed? How does a cell respond to the physical stimuli in its environment? Or even why does matter exist at all? – physics and astronomy contribute to discovering the answers.
Physicists seek to understand nature at the most fundamental and quantitative level. The physics curriculum provides a broad background in scientific inquiry, quantitative problem solving, emerging research frontiers, and communication skills. Students can pursue either a B.S. or a B.A. according to their career goals. The B.S. is recommended for students interested in graduate study or in leadership or technical positions in industry or government. It may lead to a 5-year B.S./M.S. for qualified students.The B.A. allows students to pursue a more flexible program with a strong background in physics. It is ideal for students interested in science-education certification or as a pre-med or pre-law degree. Students are strongly encouraged to participate in undergraduate research opportunities. Many of these projects are highly interdisciplinary. Internships and study-abroad experiences can be arranged. The department offers excellent computer facilities and a student machine shop.
Appleby College is a prestigious private Canadian school, especially known for high results of its graduates upon admission to the university. A joint type of training has been adopted since the 1990's (since its founding in 1911 it was a school for boys), and today there are about 750 children from 12 to 18 years of age:
Students from 9th grade and older can live in a boarding house on the campus - this is approximately 270 people. The group of students is international: here are trained both Canadians and foreigners representing 35 world countries.
Classes are formed in small, up to 16 people, on average 1 teacher is 9 students. The teaching staff of the college consists of experienced professionals of high qualification, about half of teachers have academic degrees. The quality of academic preparation of students is so high that it allows them to enter the most rating universities of the USA, Canada, Europe and Great Britain without problems: