The Department of Physics prepares majors for graduate education or careers in diverse fields such as astronomy, medicine, engineering, architecture, acoustics, science education, science policy, and physics. Courses focus on the physical phenomena and properties of the universe: gravitation, electricity and magnetism, quantum mechanics, atomic and nuclear structure, fundamental particles, light and energy, and the properties of matter. Faculty research interests include atom and quantum optics, Bose-Einstein condensates, condensed matter (including superconducting qubits, ultracold matter in optical lattices, and nanomagnetism), particle physics, cosmology and general relativity, physics education, quantum information theory, quantum computing, and quantum teleportation.
Educational facilities include introductory and advanced laboratories equipped with modern technology and multiple teaching spaces tailored to foster interactive learning. Although not a formal requirement of the major, most physics majors participate in undergraduate research experiences through paid internships and independent studies.