About the Department

Physics is a vital field that is driven by the excitement of understanding and explaining the world around us. Physicists develop powerful quantitative problem-solving skills, using techniques that range across mathematics, computer programming, electronics, and engineering.

At Washington University, our faculty are world leaders in their fields of research. We have active groups working in astrophysics, extraterrestrial materials, condensed matter physics, quantum information and quantum materials, particle and nuclear physics, and biophysics.

Our Community

Our PhD program offers incoming students generous support for their first two years and a friendly community in which to pursue their research aspirations. For undergraduates, our department provides outstanding teaching combined with many opportunities to become involved in the cutting-edge research.

Washington University balances a rigorous academic environment with myriad opportunities for research, learning, and debate, alongside supportive resources that give each of our students the tools they need to thrive.

New leadership for physics department

New leadership for physics department

Viktoria Ohstrom

"The physics department is my home here at WashU. Everyone, (faculty, staff, and students), is so welcoming. The department is full of opportunities for research, exploration, and growth. It's really an exciting place to be!"

―Viktoria OhstromB.A., 2021