Physics is the fundamental science underlying the investigation of all natural phenomena. Its elegant experiments and fundamental theories have provided much of the advancements in present-day science and technology. From the smallest sub-atomic particles to the vastness of cosmic expansion, and at the intermediate scales of our lives, in such areas as solid-state electronics, superconductivity, biological function and geologic events — physics profoundly impacts our understanding of nature and our ability to harness its secrets for the progress of human kind.
The Mathematical Physics program is overseen by the Department of Physics and co-administered by the Department of Mathematics. It is designed for students who wish to pursue graduate degrees in theoretical physics or applied mathematics and careers in these areas.