Our students receive the most comprehensive education in scientific and mathematical methods and the problem-solving process.

Learning Without Limits

The opportunities to be found here at this smaller Ivy League university are vast. Our department faculty members include two Nobel Prize winners, two AAAS Fellows, six Sloan Research Fellows, six American Physical Society Fellows, a Guggenheim Fellow, and two recipients of the Presidential Early Career Award for Scientists and Engineers, among other honors. They conduct research in astrophysics and cosmology and in high energy, condensed matter and biological physics that is interdisciplinary and international in scope.

Students have full access to the most advanced research facilities and our world-renowned faculty, who care very much about them. Students also benefit from our strong links to the School of EngineeringChemistry and Earth, Environmental and Planetary Sciences departments.

Physics is the scientific study of the fundamental principles governing the behavior of matter and the interaction of matter and energy. As the most fundamental of sciences, physics provides a foundation for other scientific fields. The Physics Department is unique because of the breadth of its faculty expertise and research and the relatively intimate size of Its classes above the introductory level.
The Physics Ph.D. program provides students with opportunities to perform independent research in some of the most current and dynamic areas of physics. Students develop a solid and broad physics knowledge base in the first year through the core curriculum, departmental colloquia, and training.