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What do oceans, black holes, atoms, computers, and traffic jams have in common? Physics. Physics is the most fundamental and all-inclusive of the sciences. Physicists probe the far reaches of space and the depths of the ocean; investigate the structure of the atom; design and program computers; solve environmental problems; and develop new manufacturing materials. Research in physics has paved the way for technological innovations such as the Internet, cell phones, lasers, fuel cells, diagnostic techniques in medicine, and solid-state electronics. Physicists lead some of the world's major technology companies.

Why You Should Study Physics at UMass Dartmouth

The Best of a Research University... in a Friendly, Tight-Knit Physics Community

The UMass Dartmouth Physics Department packs the powerhouse of a major research university in a friendly, small setting. Class sizes are small, and each of your instructors will know your name. The hallways are buzzing with the excitement of active cutting-edge research, and you will have the opportunity to join in this research as an undergraduate. You will be able to give back to the community as a learning assistant, sharing your physics knowledge with your student peers (and getting paid to do so!).

An Outstanding Physics Education

The department offers a top-notch physics education rivaled by few programs its size. You will be able to take courses in all of the major disciplines in physics, including classical and quantum mechanics, electricity and magnetism, electronics, statistical and condensed-matter physics, astronomy and astrophysics, environmental physics, earth science, physics of music, and courses dealing with the impact of science on society. You can even dig deeply into the physics of black holes and string theory from outstanding instructors who are also research leaders in their fields.

Opportunities to Engage in Cutting-Edge Research

You will have amazing opportunities to do work with faculty on research in oceanography, atomic and nuclear physics, theoretical physics, traffic engineering, computational physics, and astrophysics. In addition, you will even have the opportunity to branch out and to study and participate in research in areas such as computer science, acoustics, electro-optics with faculty in closely-related departments. In 2013, Peter Jumper, was one of only seven finalists nationwide for the highly-prestigious American Physical Society Apker Prize for research conducted in the UMass Dartmouth Physics Department.

Training for Great Careers in Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics

Whether you wish to pursue a career in industry, education, or research, the physics training you will receive at UMass Dartmouth has you covered, including critical problem-solving and applied computational skills essential to any STEM discipline. Our alumni include leaders of major industrial firms. Each year, we place our graduating seniors in some of the top physics Ph.D. programs in the country. Alumni have also gone on to outstanding careers in education, including Jeffrey Schoonover (BS Physics, '94; MS Physics '99), who was selected by President Obama to receive the prestigious Presidential Award for Excellence in Mathematics and Science Teaching.

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Rise above the crowd...major in Physics at UMass Dartmouth

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