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Physics seeks to discover How Things Work, and Why, using advanced mathematical, analytical, and technical means. Students of Physics experience the thrill of discovery while gaining tremendously marketable skills. Our faculty, nationally and internationally known researchers, welcome undergraduate and graduate student participation in research.

The University of Cincinnati was the first institution west of the Appalachian mountains to offer a PhD in Physics. We are located just north of downtown Cincinnati, Ohio, a scenic city of "Seven Hills" nestled in the Ohio River Valley with a remarkable range of cultural and recreational activities.

Our undergraduate program is small and friendly, an oasis in a large institution. Our flexible BS and BA degrees prepare students for a variety of careers. Independent research is required for the degree; many take this opportunity to work with faculty on forefront research, and the majority go on to highly ranked PhD programs.

Our graduate program focuses mainly on the PhD. In addition to the research areas inside the department, interdisciplinary options in chemistry, medical imaging, physics education, and engineering are available.


Department of Physics
University of Cincinnati
400 Geology/Physics Bldg.
PO Box 210011
Cincinnati, OH 45221-0011
Ph: (513) 556-0501

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UC hopes to inspire physics teachers with latest discoveries

June 29, 2023

Sponsored by the National Science Foundation and the U.S. Department of Energy, QuarkNet helps high school teachers bring real research experience into their classrooms. A group of Cincinnati-area teachers joined physics faculty in UC’s College of Arts and Sciences in June to learn more about the startling discoveries taking place in labs around the world.

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