Physics & Astronomy

Physics & Astronomy

Welcome. Our department provides an attentive, hands-on research and learning community for undergraduate and graduate students up through the PhD level.

Our diverse and dynamic faculty of 12 includes four women and come from seven different countries. Recently, our department was named in a report from the American Institute of Physics for our high percentage (30-40%) of female PhD awardees from the years 2013-2017. Our program was also recognized by the APS among US PhD-granting departments for our high percentage (50%) of female graduates: placing second nationally at the undergraduate level and third at the graduate level (APS data for the period 2011-2013).

Using Fundamental Knowledge to 
Expand Academic Horizons

Specialized courses help tailor undergraduate degree options in the direction of physics, astrophysics or medical physics. Some students pursue our dual-degree with engineering, or utilize a physics education as foundational knowledge before entering medical school or law school. 

Graduate students are integral to progress in research and teaching on campus. They work closely with faculty and undergraduates while pursuing a master's in physics or PhD in physics or biophysics.

Identifying Solutions, Accelerating Research

Zink lab studying silicon computer chips

Our research involves primary faculty investigators leading teams of graduate and undergraduate students toward a better understanding of astronomy and astrophysics, biophysics and condensed matter physics.

We continually collaborate with other departments in the College of Natural Sciences and Mathematics and across campus to drive research forward in the areas of computational biology, imaging analysis, computer technology and big data. 


Applications in Health Sciences

Biophysics symposium
Biophysics at DU

The molecular and cellular biophysics PhD and research program brings together faculty and their labs for interdisciplinary cross-talk. Physicists are key contributors to the program, providing computational analysis and data solutions that propel medical science forward.

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