UMass Boston

Website in Beta
Physics Department

Welcome to the Department of Physics

UMass Boston's Department of Physics in the College of Science and Mathematics offers a unique approach to the study of physics, emphasizing empirical foundations through experimental and computational courses. We showcase the physics approach to problem-solving and pattern recognition through cross-disciplinary offerings.

Academic Programs

About Our Department

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.



Department of Physics
Wheatley Building
(617) 287-6050