About the Department of Physics

The most fundamental of the basic sciences, Physics seeks answers to the most intrinsic questions in nature. Physics opens new and often unforeseeable paths to the future of knowledge and technology.

Student in optics labA physics degree is either an end in itself for individuals interested in contributing skill and expertise to science and technology businesses, or a solid foundation for those seeking advanced degrees, not only in academic disciplines such as physics, astronomy, chemistry, atmospheric science and mathematics, but also in professional fields as diverse as engineering, medicine, business, dentistry and law.  Physics graduates across the nation opt for one or the other career path in roughly equal numbers.

Physics Student working in optics lab.Globalization poses a challenge to American leadership in science and technology. American science and technology rely on the strength of the number of individuals with training in physics and the other basic sciences to maintain a leading edge in making possible countless improvements in the quality of life around the world. Now, more than ever, young people with an inclination to the sciences are called upon to consider joining the scientific workforce.

What's So Exciting about Physics at Duquesne University?

Students in the Physics programs at Duquesne University enjoy the many benefits of a small student-to-faculty ratio, including student-centered instruction, close mentoring by faculty, hands-on learning, participation in ongoing Department research and attention to individual needs and interests.

Our faculty members are inordinately passionate about teaching. They'll go to great lengths to help students experience first-hand the thrill of learning about nature.  Our faculty are dedicated teachers and scholars with active research interests spanning a broad spectrum of physics — from quantum information and science of materials to cosmology.

Unique, Specialized Courses and Research

The unique undergraduate program in the Department of Physics at Duquesne University offers competitive education with the advantages of top-quality instruction in a small liberal arts setting.

Duquesne University's Physics program offers:

  • Physics Student working in optics lab.Small student-to-faculty ratio, conducive to intensive training and well-earned grades
  • A strong tradition of teaching excellence at all levels
  • A well-rounded curriculum, with emphasis on high-quality education in science, mathematics and the liberal arts
  • Unconventional electives designed to bring the leading edge of the field into the classroom
  • Program flexibility, with the opportunity to specialize in three different areas or two different depths
  • Accessibility to double-majoring in mathematics
  • A dual-degree program for students planning to become high school teachers
  • A 3/2 program for a double major in physics and engineering
  • Opportunities to work with experienced faculty members on basic and applied research projects
  • Opportunities to work for pay as tutors or lab assistants, gaining invaluable professional training

Individual Attention and Mentoring

Addressing the individual needs of our students is our top priority. In addition to a Bayer School academic advisor, each student is assigned to a Physics faculty mentor who guides the Physics Student working in optics lab.student in his or her program choices.

Our small class sizes create vast opportunities for students to receive individual attention from the faculty.

The Department provides facilities and resources for students to work on course-related assignments and research, or simply to “hang out” between classes. We foster a family atmosphere among students and faculty, where junior and senior majors act as big siblings to the younger students by mentoring them along.