Physics

The Department of Physics offers programs leading to degrees of Master of Arts and Doctor of Philosophy in Physics.

The Department of Physics provides many research opportunities in experimental and theoretical physics. Research areas include elementary particle physics, condensed-matter physics, statistical physics, econophysics, material physics, and biological physics.

The Metcalf Science Center, at 590 Commonwealth Avenue, houses department headquarters, instructional laboratories, lecture rooms, and offices, as well as laboratories devoted to low-temperature physics, surface physics, condensed matter physics, molecular biophysics, and materials research. The Physics Research Building, located nearby at 3 Cummington Mall, houses classrooms, laboratories dedicated to high-energy and condensed-matter physics, and outstanding facilities for the fabrication of scientific instruments and the design of sophisticated electronics equipment. In addition, several physics research groups have laboratories in the Photonics Center at 8 St. Mary’s Street. Researchers at Boston University also perform experiments at a variety of national and international facilities. For a complete list, please visit the department website.

An extensive network of computational facilities supports the research activities of the department. There are many networked multiprocessor servers and centralized workstations. For computationally intensive applications, students have access to supercomputing resources supported through the Center for Computational Science and Information Technology. Full details of departmental facilities can be found on the department website.