Physics is concerned with the mathematical formulation of the fundamental laws of nature. An education in physics provides you with the foundation for a variety of careers: in addition to preparation for graduate study in physics and related fields, this major is an excellent platform for professional careers in engineering, management, teaching, law and medicine.

Undergraduate Physics

Students are thoroughly trained in small, innovative classes by distinguished teacher-scholars. Majors learn perform innovative experiments in well-equipped labs. Undergrads conduct research that has a real-world impact, under the guidance of faculty. Fellowships are available for students interested in engaging in summer research.


Graduate Physics

At UVM, you’ll have opportunities for advanced study under the close supervision of faculty members and fellow graduate students pursuing research at the frontiers of physics. Graduates receive excellent training to prepare them for careers in academia, industry, or a variety of government agencies.


Cutting-edge Facilities

Last year, UVM completed the Discovery Building, a new STEM (science, technology, engineering, mathematics) complex. This state-of-the-art facility houses laboratories, classrooms and research facilities to ready our students for promising careers in STEM fields. Construction on a second building, Innovation Hall, will be completed in time for the fall 2019 semester. As an incoming student, you'll have access to these world-class learning spaces, helping you develop your academic interests and preparing you for a rewarding career.

Did we mention that physics is FUN?

The most interesting courses with the coolest names.

Our core curriculum covers the fundamentals of physics such as mechanics, electromagnetism and quantum theory. Students then choose from electives to explore subfields in physics such as: astrophysics, biological physics, condensed matter physics, general relativity, nanotechnology, quantum optics, nuclear and particle physics.