Physics is the study of nature at its most fundamental. Its scope covers everything from the tiniest particles of matter — such as atoms, electrons and quarks — to the structure of the entire universe, encompassing innumerable galaxies and stars.
Physicists seek to understand complex phenomena in terms of simple, unifying principles. Their queries have ranged from the seemingly innocuous, like “What causes an object to fall?”, to the more elemental, like “What is the true nature of light?” Such questions led to the discovery of the gravitational force, which governs the motion of planets and stars, as well as to the biggest breakthrough of the twentieth century — quantum mechanics — which governs the very small. Answers to physicists' questions have revolutionized society, not only altering our basic understanding of the universe, but also profoundly affecting our day-to-day lives, laying the foundation for numerous technological innovations such as the laser, computer, and cellular phone. And physics continues to evolve and excite us, with unanswered questions from a multitude of active and emerging fields of research, such as Quantum Computation, Superconductivity, Chaos, Biophysics and String Theory, to name a few.
The School of Natural Sciences sets a new standard for graduate studies in the modern age. Our individualized graduate groups are led by energetic faculty with a passion for interdisciplinary research and academic exploration. We have cutting-edge masters and doctoral programs as well as distinctive emphases within the Individual Graduate Program (IGP).
As a graduate student, you aren't merely a number. You are valued as a critical member of a small, tightly knit lab where everyone — faculty, postdocs and students — works together in an informal atmosphere conducive to professional growth and the generation of new ideas. We offer competitive financial support and resources to our graduate students, which can come in the form of fellowships, teaching assistantships (TA), and graduate student researcher (GSR) assistantships.