Welcome to the Department of Physics and Astronomy!
Congratulations for choosing such an exciting and challenging program of study! If you like mathematics, computing, experiments, and wish to contribute to the future progress of humankind, the exciting intellectual adventure of physics or astronomy at the University of Utah will maximize your career options.
Our program is one of the most rigorous at the University and our students and faculty are exhilarated by the difficult challenge of figuring out how the world works! Studying Physics, Astronomy, and Mathematics is a very effective way to develop imagination, as well as critical and abstract thinking, whether or not you aspire to a career in science or technology. In addition, it is important to develop a solid understanding of principles that govern science and technology, so that as a society of well-informed citizens, we can make rational decisions on important issues, even as the pace of scientific and technological development continues to increase dramatically.
Studying Physics & Astronomy provides inherent pleasure and satisfaction, and additionally our graduates are prepared to pursue a variety of technical-related careers, ranging from academic or industrial scientist, to physician or patent attorney. If you aspire to a career in one of these areas, have something else in mind, or are simply intrigued by the challenge of mastering Physics, the faculty and staff of the Department of Physics and Astronomy are committed to helping you, our students, obtain the best education and training possible and to help you achieve success!