Physics

Degree Types: PhD, MS

Graduate Programs in Physics prepare students for careers in research, teaching, or industry. Students first acquire a strong theoretical background in quantum mechanics, statistical physics, electrodynamics, and classical mechanics. 

Our department is particularly strong in multi-disciplinary research, with joint faculty in materials science, chemistry, and electrical engineering. Theoretical research in many fields is carried out with the aid of parallel supercomputers on campus and at the National Center for Supercomputing Applications in Champaign, Illinois. We also have strong ties to the Argonne National Laboratory, Fermi National Accelerator Laboratory, and ground-based observational facilities around the nation.

It is not unusual for students to conduct the bulk of their research with physicists outside the department, and in some cases outside the nation.

See Physics Degree Requirements for specific classes and procedures needed to complete this program.

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