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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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What is Physics, Astrophysics?

October 12, 2022

When you think of physics, you typically think of motion and force. When you think of astronomy, you think of space, stars and galaxies. At the University of Cincinnati College of Arts and Sciences, you can combine the study of both disciplines with an eye on the future in a field with an eight percent projected growth rate in the next 10 years, according to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics. The Cincinnati Observatory is known as “the birthplace of American astronomy,” distinguishing UC as a premier location for the study of astrophysics. In fact, planets have been named for UC professors, and our graduates have discovered new ones. Students pursuing a major in physics who want to focus on astrophysics are encouraged to take their electives in their third or fourth years, after taking the basic physics courses. These elective course options include Topics in Astronomy, Intro to Astrophysics 1 and General Relativity/ Cosmology.  

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