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

UofL Thesis LaTeX package to help you write a thesis or dissertation in correct UofL style, using LaTeX.


Department Snapshot

  • We have 17 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 more than 30 graduate students working on their advanced degrees in physics. Many are supported as teachings assistants or research assisstants.
  • We have over 115 undergradraduate majors in physics and many students pursuing minors in physics.




Mars Today

Dr. Dowling's talk as part of the Public Astronomy Lecture Series will highlight current conditions on Mars and compare with what the planet was probably like 3 billion years ago. The audience will be encouraged to ask questions about the science versus the fiction in “The Martian” and NASA’s plans for future space exploration.


The Weather on Mars

Congratulations to Dr. Dowling who is cited at the end of this Washington post article: “The weather on Mars is both totally alien and somewhat Earth-like all at once.”