University of Vermont

The College of Arts and Sciences

Department of Physics

Physics is concerned with the mathematical formulation of the fundamental laws of nature. An education in physics provides students with the foundation for a variety of careers. In addition to preparation for graduate study in physics and related fields, undergraduate study in physics is an excellent preparation for professional careers in engineering, management, teaching, law and medicine. The curriculum consists of core courses on the fundamentals of physics such as mechanics, electromagnetism and quantum theory. Students can then choose from an array of electives to explore subfields in physics such as astrophysics, biological physics, condensed matter physics, general relativity, nanotechnology, quantum optics, nuclear and particle physics.

Undergraduate Physics

Small innovative classes - Students are thoroughly trained by distinguished teacher-scholars. Physics majors learn "hands-on" performing innovative experiments in well-equipped labs.

Exciting undergraduate research - Students work closely with our faculty on research projects. Fellowships are available for students interested in engaging in summer research.

Why study physics? - Some things to consider in choosing physics as a major.

Graduate Physics

Opportunities for advanced study - Under the close supervision of faculty members, graduate students pursue research at the frontiers of physics. Graduates receive excellent training to prepare them for careers in academia, industry, or a variety of government agencies.

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