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Physics is the science that studies the farthest reaches of the universe and the smallest particles of matter. A physicist can map a galaxy, discover the pulsars created by the explosions of massive stars or harness the potential of lasers and light.

How will I focus my studies?

Through courses in physics, math, and astronomy our students develop the creativity and analytical skills needed to make them valuable researchers and scientists in a wide variety of careers. Our outstanding faculty are engaging in research sponsored by NASA, the U.S. Department of Defense, the U.S. Department of Energy, the National Science Foundation and more.

The department has a partnership with the National Radio Astronomy Observatory in Greenbank, WV, the site of the world’s largest fully steerable radio telescope. With these resources, our students aren’t just training to make new discoveries – they are making them right now.

Manaswi Daksha, McLean, Va.

Major: Physics

Manaswi Daksha

In Manaswi’s Modern Physics course, a discussion on the “quantum behaviors of particles such as quantum tunneling,” led to “confusion, awe and elation” that lasted well beyond the class period. Through challenging discussions and programs like the Summer Undergraduate Research Experience, Manaswi has developed a passion for Physics that started long ago looking up at the stars on his great grandmother’s farm. While many of his colleagues have applied to medical school or gone into industry, he plans to earn a Ph.D. in Physics and become a professor.

Learn more at the Physics site