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.




Kudos to Professor Kielkopf

Congratulations to Prof. Kielkopf on his recent Phase II Small Business Technology Transfer (STTR) contract funded by the Office of Naval Research (ONR).


Prof. Jian Du-Caines receives NSF CAREER Award

Prof. Jian Du-Caines of the University of Louisville Atmospheric Science Program, Dept. of Physics & Astronomy, has received a prestigious NSF CAREER Grant. Her project is "Physical Causes of Multi-Scale Temporal Variability in Atmospheric Tides from the Troposphere to the Dynamo Region." The grant is worth $500,000 over five years.