Undergraduate Programs

Why Study Physics?

Physics students learn how the laws of nature can be used to explain the many phenomena of our world. Most students are excited to find that elementary principles, many of which are learned in introductory physics courses, may be used to solve seemingly complex problems. This ability to apply the simple principles that underlie complex problems will serve students well in the interests and careers they pursue after graduation.


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Major in Physics

Our students gain a strong foundation in the basics of physics while developing analytical and problem-solving skills essential in any career. A solid grounding in the liberal arts, which includes written and oral communication skills, is an asset sought by most employers.


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Develop Problem-Solving Skills

“I’m sincerely grateful for the guidance and support provided at UO throughout my academic journey. The UO physics department fosters an inclusive environment facilitated by dedicated educators committed to supporting and challenging their students. Apart from gaining valuable experience in a research lab, they equipped me with creative problem-solving skills and prepared me for the UO Knight Campus Master’s Program. Thanks to these experiences I attained an exciting, great-paying job in the high-tech industry, which is a testament to the practical and impactful education obtainable at UO. I'm incredibly grateful for these opportunities and excited to see what comes next.”

—Halle Foster, physics major, '23


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Get Real-World Experience

Physics majors can develop their skills through a variety of hands-on learning opportunities, from designing their own experiments in the Advanced Projects Lab to joining one of our physics research groups.


Advising and Academic Support

Schedule an appointment with an advisor and get your questions answered. 

Departmental Advising and Support

Scholarships and Awards

Explore ways to fund your studies in the Department of Physics.

Scholarships and Awards


Events

¡Juntos! Latinx Support Group
Apr25
¡Juntos! Latinx Support Group Apr 25 Carson Hall, Ramey Room
Speaker Event, Steven Adams
Apr25
Speaker Event, Steven Adams Apr 25 Knight Browsing Room
Steven Adams- Finding Opportunity in Unlikely Places: How to Kickstart Your Career in the Entertainment Business
Apr25
Steven Adams- Finding Opportunity in Unlikely Places: How to Kickstart Your Career in the Entertainment Business Apr 25 Knight Library
Kuponya: Centering Black Healing
Apr26
Kuponya: Centering Black Healing Apr 26
Let's Talk Drop-In - Fridays 1-3PM @ CMAE/Zoom
Apr26
Let's Talk Drop-In - Fridays 1-3PM @ CMAE/Zoom Apr 26 Center for Multicultural Academic Excellence
Organic/Inorganic/Materials Chemistry Seminar
Apr26
Organic/Inorganic/Materials Chemistry Seminar Apr 26 Willamette Hall
Three Novels of Education: "Adam Bede," "Great Expectations," and "If Beale Street Could Talk"
Apr27
Three Novels of Education: "Adam Bede," "Great Expectations," and "If Beale Street Could Talk" Apr 27 Baker Downtown Center
Oregon Center for Electrochemistry Workshop
Apr29
Oregon Center for Electrochemistry Workshop Apr 29 Allen Hall
Film Series: Mafias and Narcotraffic
Apr29
Film Series: Mafias and Narcotraffic Apr 29 Global Scholars Hall
Black CommUnity Table
May1
Black CommUnity Table May 1 Lyllye Reynolds-Parker Black Cultural Center