Student life

The undergraduate experience

As an undergraduate student in ASU’s Department of Physics, you have the opportunity to explore various facets of this in-demand field through coursework and research. You’ll begin with a small-group, studio-workshop introductory physics sequence specifically for physics majors. Upper-division work includes the study of classical and quantum physics as well as opportunities for research in nanoscience, biophysics, cosmology, particle physics and more. Consider joining The Society of Physics Students, a professional physics association for students, and pursue your personal and social interests through ASU’s many campus clubs and organizations.

The master's experience

The Master of Natural Science degree program at Arizona State University is aimed primarily at in-service science teachers seeking to enhance their career through interdisciplinary graduate training in physics, physical science, physics education or related sciences. The focus is natural science and students are expected to emphasize coursework in two or more areas of concentration. Classes for the MNS degree, which requires 30 hours of formal coursework, are offered primarily in the summer semesters to be compatible with the school calendar.

The PhD experience

Our PhD program features great flexibility, allowing for the selection of coursework that suits each student’s personal interests. Graduate students also have the opportunity to choose a faculty research mentor from the group of 40 core physics faculty or from the group of 40 affiliate faculty in departments and centers across campus. All first-year physics PhD students are offered support through a teaching assistant position, which can often be continued through the second year. As they accelerate their PhD research in their second or third year, students typically move into a research assistant role.