How to Apply

Physics, the most basic of the natural sciences, entails the discovery and elucidation of elementary principles which shape our physical universe. Students who pursue a degree in physics will learn how these principles can systematically be applied to understand diverse phenomena and solve seemingly complex problems. Because of its fundamental nature, the study of physics is important for understanding other natural sciences, as well as for students who want to succeed in our technological world.

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Incoming Students

Transformative research and development often take place at the interfaces between different scientific disciplines, such as biophysics, materials science (chemistry and physics), and geophysics. The University of Oregon undergraduate physics program emphasizes laboratory instruction and hands-on research. Over 40% of our majors get involved in substantive research.

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Current UO Students

Thinking about a career in science? Physics majors have ample opportunities to develop practical job skills by participating in undergraduate research groups, teaching as co-leaders of physics tutorials, and working in the physics demonstration room and teaching labs.

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Graduate Programs

The Department of Physics offers graduate programs that lead to MA, MS, and PhD degrees. Our graduate program provides students with a unique, interdisciplinary approach to research, teaching, and learning.

Scholarships and Funding

Need help funding your education? Apply for undergraduate scholarships from a variety of sources and learn more about funding options to support your graduate studies.