Why study physics at ASU?

Excel in physics and propel your career forward

With the resources of a Research One University, the Department of Physics at ASU offers unparalleled opportunities to learn from some of the finest researchers, teachers and mentors in the field.

Undergraduates and graduates alike are encouraged to contribute to the groundbreaking research we’re conducting in areas such as nanoscience, biophysics, cosmology, particle physics, complex systems and emergent phenomena. And when you graduate, you’ll be in demand in the job market. In fact, physics is one of the top majors for employment — with an impressive 95.5 percent employment rate. With a degree in physics, students go on to work in a wide variety of diverse fields.

Career opportunities
Architecture and Design
Chemistry Education
Chemical Research
Device Engineering
Engineering Sciences
Health Sciences
Nanoscience and Nanotechnology
Physics Research
Physics Teaching

Opportunities in research

With an undergraduate or graduate degree in physics, you’ll have a solid foundation for advanced study or employment in a wide range of scientific endeavors. Our leading-edge research spans four main areas of physics.

Spring 2016 Outstanding graduate - Natural Sciences

A dynamic program that meets your needs

Internationally recognized faculty

ASU’s Department of Physics faculty members are among the best researchers, teachers and mentors in the field. They are recognized nationally and internationally as experts and innovators. They are members of prestigious science organizations and are published in leading scientific journals. Plus, their acclaimed work has elevated ASU’s position as a premier institution for electron diffraction physics and high-resolution electron microscopy.

Support for PhD students

Full-time physics PhD students generally receive full financial support throughout their studies, in the form of a teaching assistantship or research assistantship or fellowship. Students receive a full tuition waiver, health insurance and a monthly stipend.

Undergraduate research opportunities

Undergraduates have a number of opportunities to engage in physics research on campus. Getting involved in research early in your career enhances your education and makes you a more competitive candidate for future advanced studies as well as employment. Our acclaimed faculty members conduct innovative research in biological physics, cosmology and astrophysics, nanoscience and materials physics, and physics and society.