UofL - Department of Physics & Astronomy

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Degree Programs in the Department of Physics and Astronomy



Through the College of Arts and Sciences

The undergraduate handbook offers help navigating the department.

Apply for undergraduate admission to the University of Louisville.

Information for current undergraduates.



Through the College of Arts and Sciences and the School of Interdisciplinary and Graduate Studies

  • BS/MS accelerated (5 year) degree in Physics and Astronomy
  • Master of Science (MS) in Physics and Astronomy
  • Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) in Physics and Astronomy
  • Other PhD options are available via cooperative programs in Chemical Physics, Applied Mathematics and the University of Kentucky.

Graduate Teaching Assistantships (GTA), Graduate Research Assistantships (GRA) or Fellowships are available to support most students.

Application Instructions

Information for current graduate students


Department Snapshot

  • We have 16 full-time faculty, all holding Ph.D.'s and active in research. We also have a number of active emeritus faculty, visiting scholars, and adjunct faculty.
  • We typically have 15-25 graduate students working on their advanced degrees in physics. Most are supported as teachings assistants or research assisstants.
  • We have over 60 undergradraduate majors in physics and many students pursuing minors in physics.
  • Faculty, staff, and students develop a strong sense of community through numerous activities such as sports activites, picnics, and public lectures.




University of Louisville Physics Student Elected to National Council

Physics major at UofL elected by chapters of student organization in four states as representative on Society of Physics Students National Council .


Physics Professor David Brown wins Trustees Award

UofL’s trustees announced the selection of David Brown, a professor in the Department of Physics and Astronomy, at their April 10 meeting.