Department of Physics
Satisfy your curiosity about the universe, from the largest astronomical scale to the smallest subnuclear particle. Physics will help you strengthen your quantitative reasoning skills and problem-solve through experimentation, simulation and analytical tools.
Imagine yourself exploring the galaxy, building the next quantum computer, dissecting how cells crawl, or shining light on how atoms and the world itself comes together. These exciting experiences can be found within the world of physics. Physics is concerned with the most basic principles that underlie all phenomena in the universe from sub-atomic particles to whole universes and everything in between. In Physics, you will learn about these exciting phenomena along with important skills in logic, problem solving, quantitative reasoning, and experimental design that employers in all fields are seeking. Our graduates from both our PhD and bachelor’s programs go on to work in academia, national labs, engineering industries, data science, in Silicon Valley and on Wall Street.
The Mission of the Physics Department is to create a community of physics scholars dedicated to excellent research and teaching that is welcome to all! We are thrilled to have you on the team for this important mission.
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(Sept. 25, 2023)Syracuse University Announces the Opening of the Center for Gravitational Wave Astronomy and Astrophysics
The new Center, directed by Stefan Ballmer, will bring faculty and students together to advance the design and operation of gravitational wave observatories.
(Sept. 21, 2023)Physics Alum Mark Reed Celebrated as “Quantum Pioneer” in New Book
Though best remembered for his work at Texas Instruments and Yale University, Reed launched his scientific career at Syracuse University.
(Sept. 6, 2023)Annual Lecture Honoring Physics Professor Kameshwar C. Wali to be Held on October 5
This year will feature distinguished speaker and alumna, Mary Schmidt Campbell G’73, G’82, H’21: “Towards a Model of Equity in Graduate Education”.
(Aug. 21, 2023)A Commitment to A&S Excellence
Dean Mortazavi recognizes Kishi Animashaun Ducre and Alan Middleton, outgoing associate deans, for their achievements in fostering equity and inclusion and research excellence in the College of Arts and Sciences.