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The Department of Physics offers students the opportunity to pursue some of nature’s deepest secrets.  Physics students discover the structures and interactions that constitute the Universe, from the smallest components inside atoms to the largest galaxies, and from living cells to new materials.

UR: A Great Physics Department

  • The American Institute of Physics has named UR's Physics Department to its list of large programs.  We have a high number of majors!
  • We teach engaging introductory classes in small workshop format, intellectially sophisticated advanced theory and laboratory courses, special topics courses, and first year seminars
  • Our faculty and students publish research in journals and present at conferences and universities throughout the country and around the world
  • Our faculty are awarded grants from the National Science Foundation, Department of Energy, and other sources, and serve in leadership positions in their fields

The Physics Department has instituted a registration policy for PHYS 131 and 132. Students interested in either of these courses should read the updated policy on the department blog.

Physics: Great Career Preparation


No matter what you have planned for your future, a physics education can provide you with a great foundation to get there.

Undergraduate physics majors have:

  • The second highest average MCAT score. Only economics majors scored higher.
  • The second highest average LSAT score. Only mathematics majors scored higher.
  • The highest mean GMAT score.
  • One of the highest starting salaries for Bachelors degree recipients.
  • Excellent prospects for graduate study in physics, engineering, applied mathematics, astronomy, and other fields.

More Career Information

Department News

Congratulations to our UR physics seniors of the class of 2018, including those who are moving on to top graduate programs and landing jobs at leading companies.  This year's graduating students will be starting graduate programs in Physics, Astronomy, Applied Mathematics, and Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering, at UC Davis, UCLA, University of Chicago, Carnegie Mellon, and Rensselaer Polytechnic.

Dr. Jack Singal was recognized with the 2018 Outstanding Mentor Award.

Feature Stories

Faculty Highlights

  • Bunn Grant

    Physics professor Ted Bunn has received funding from The Royal Society for a collaborative project with a colleague at the Imperial College London. The project will focus on the development of techniques for the analysis of weak lensing surveys.

  • Singal Article

    Dr. Jack Singal and colleagues published “The Radio Synchrotron Background: Conference Summary and Report,” in Publications of the Astronomical Society of the Pacific.

  • Dias Article

    Dr. Mariama Rebello de Sousa Dias, along with collaborators at the University of Maryland, published "Lithography-Free, Omnidirectional, CMOS-Compatible AlCu Alloys for Thin-Film Superabsorbers" in Advanced Optical Materials. The article was chosen for the inside front cover of the journal.

  • Dias Article

    Dr. Mariama Rebello de Sousa Dias, along with international collaborators, published, "Temperature tuning from direct to inverted bistable electroluminescence in resonant tunneling diodes," in the Journal of Applied Physics.

  • Helms Grant

    Dr. Christine Helms received a grant from The Thomas F. and Kate Miller Jeffress Memorial Trust which will assist her in broadening understanding of electrospun nanofibers.

  • Singal Grant

    Dr. Jack Singal received a grant from the astrophysics division of the National Science Foundation for a conference on “The Radio Synchrotron Background.”

  • Bunn Grant

    Dr. Ted Bunn is primary investigator on a three year grant from the National Science Foundation that will explore RUI: Cosmic Microwave background polarization analysis with several undergraduate student researchers.

  • Society of Physics Students Awarded Lilly Prize

    The UR chapter of the Society of Physics Students was awarded the Blake Lilly Prize from the national Society of Physics Students organization. The Lilly Prize recognizes SPS chapters and individuals who make a genuine effort to positively influence the attitudes of school children and the general public about physics. This is the second honor for the chapter, which was also recognized as an outstanding chapter earlier this year.

  • Gilfoyle Grant

    Dr. Jerry Gilfoyle has received a three year grant from the U.S. Department of Energy for his project, "Nuclear and Particle Physics at the University of Richmond."

Spider Talks: Jack Singal

Contact Information

Mailing address:
Department of Physics
Gottwald Center for the Sciences
138 UR Drive
University of Richmond, VA 23173

Phone:
(804) 289-8783
Fax: (804) 484-1542

Administrative coordinator: Mary Ann Stewart
Chair: Ted Bunn