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Physics, Ph.D.

College of Arts and Sciences

Whether you're studying subatomic particles or investigating the mysteries of distant galaxies, you’ll find supportive mentors here as you prepare for a career in research and academia.

Enjoy state-of-the-art research facilities, such as the Center for Experimental Nanoscale Physics, and join our internationally recognized faculty in world-class research. All incoming doctoral students are offered a graduate assistantship, which provides a tuition waiver and health insurance.

Program Highlights

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    Top Facilities

    Research at world-renowned facilities such as CERN, Fermilab, Jefferson Lab and NASA.

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    Exciting Research

    Explain the principles that shape the universe and life as we know it through experimental and theoretical research.

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    A Notable Faculty

    Learn from our award-winning faculty with significant networks in private industry, agencies and partner institutions.

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    Funding Your Future

    Incoming Ph.D. students receive funding through a graduate assistantship, which provides valuable teaching experience.

What You’ll Study

Students gain high-level expertise in physics, with specializations in high-energy physics, nuclear/intermediate energy physics, condensed matter physics/nanoscience and astrophysics. Conduct a program of original research to complete a doctoral dissertation. Build teaching skills by serving as an instructor.

Building Skills

Gain the professional and personal intelligence it takes to have a successful career.

  • Laboratory Research

    Conducting experiments and analyzing data to gain new knowledge and insights in a scientific field

    Analytical Reasoning

    Breaking down complex problems or situations to identify patterns, connections and solutions

    Data Analysis

    Examining and interpreting information to uncover insights and inform decision making

  • Problem Solving

    Identifying, analyzing and resolving problems or challenges using creative and effective strategies

    Critical Thinking

    Analyzing and evaluating information to make informed decisions or judgments


    Gathering and analyzing information to increase knowledge or solve problems

Using your degree

Make your college experience the foundation for a successful future.

Potential Careers

  • Educator
  • Physicist
  • Researcher
  • College Instructor
  • Engineer

Workplace Settings

  • Academia
  • Industrial Research
  • Government Agencies
  • Military
  • Business