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Division of Natural Sciences & MathematicsDepartment of Physics & Astronomy

Physics & Astronomy

About Us

The University of Denver (established in 1864) is a medium-size research-intensive private university, currently ranked in the top-100 universities in the country. The University is located in the Denver metropolitan area in close proximity to the Rocky Mountains.

Benefits of physics and astronomy at DU

The Department of Physics and Astronomy at the University of Denver offers a low student-to-faculty ratio in all advanced and graduate Physics and Astronomy courses and guarantees individualized attention to each student. Faculty, not graduate students, teach all lecture courses. We have earned national recognition for the large proportion of women among our majors (usually, a third to half). Undergraduate physics and astronomy majors (and most earning minors) normally join research teams with graduate students, postdoctoral researchers, and faculty.

Conducting major research

The department has major research thrusts in astronomy and astrophysics, biophysics and condensed matter physics. Our faculty are internationally recognized and accomplished researchers. The department is a part of two major interdisciplinary centers recently founded at DU: the Molecular and Cellular Biophysics program and the Center for Nanoscale Science and Engineering. Major state-of-the-art instrumentation is available in the department and through collaborations with nearby national institutes in the region ( NIST, NREL, and NCAR), where many of our faculty hold associate appointments.