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Physics Department

Welcome to the Physics Department at the University of Massachusetts Boston.

In the minds of many students, physics is often conflated with mathematics and to counter this view our program design places strong emphasis on the empirical motivation behind physical concepts. This is implemented both through experimental and computational courses as well as a growing number of cross-disciplinary offerings which serve to illustrate the physical approach to problem solving and the recognition of patterns. The research interests of our faculty all reside under a common rubric of “the physics of systems away from equilibrium” and many of these interests are manifested in the cross-disciplinarity seen in the curriculum. With this as overall motivation, the Physics Department offers graduate degrees at both the master’s and doctoral levels, and three undergraduate baccalaureate degrees. In addition, a minor in physics is offered to undergraduate students majoring in any discipline from any college in the university.