Examine matter, energy, and interactions at the fundamental level to understand the applied and theoretical influences at work in our world.

Academic Highlights: The multitrack undergraduate program for majors includes a flexible curriculum and diverse career-development opportunities in research, teaching, and outreach. The comprehensive graduate program offers MS and doctoral students opportunities in forefront areas of physics research. The department values quality and innovation in teaching, and consists of approximately 260 undergraduate majors (including second majors) and 100 graduate students.

Research Areas: Topics include theoretical cosmology, gravity, nuclear, and particle physics, both formal and phenomenological; experimental nuclear astrophysics, and particle physics, dark-matter and neutrino experiments, and collider particle physics. The Amherst Center for Fundamental Interactions unites the department's research in nuclear and particle physics. Theoretical and experimental hard and soft condensed­ matter physics, quantum matter, and quantum information.

Degrees: BA, BS, MS, PhD


  • Tenure-track faculty: 31
  • Lecturers: 7
  • Postdoctoral fellows: 14
  • Undergraduate majors: 260
  • Graduate students: 109

Research Expenditures: $5.6M

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