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Division of Natural Sciences & MathematicsDepartment of Physics & Astronomy

Physics & Astronomy

A universe of learning opportunities

Information for first-year students

Welcome, new students of 2016! We're glad you're considering a physics major!
Here's what you need to know about your fall courses (click image to download PDF).

Information for first-year physics majors

 Please also watch this video welcoming you to the department and providing other important information.

If you have any questions regarding your first-year courses or the physics major, check out our list of Frequently Asked Questions. You can also contact Dr. Jennifer Hoffman, She will be happy to help!

News & Highlights

Our Department

The Department of Physics and Astronomy combines a tradition of individualized instruction with a contemporary research focus. We have a young and dynamic faculty whose innovative research programs include astronomy and astrophysics, biophysics, and condensed matter physics. We provide an attentive, hands-on research and learning environment for undergraduate and graduate students up to the PhD level.

DU physics and astronomy students have recently received the Barry M. Goldwater Scholarship, the National Young Astronomer Award, and the Rhodes Scholarship. Recent BS graduates have gone on to graduate study in prestigious physics programs at Dartmouth, Berkeley, and Harvard and obtained employment at national laboratories such as NIST and Space Telescope Science Institute. Recent PhD graduates have gone on to postdoctoral positions at NASA and the Max-Planck Institut für Radioastronomie, and joined the staff of Intel.

We were excited to host the 2013 Four Corners Section Meeting of the American Physical Society on October 18 and 19 in Denver, featuring presentations by four Nobel Laureates as well as a variety of sessions in different areas of physics.

Upcoming events:

  • Sep 28, Colloquium by Prof. Casey Miller, Rochester Institute of Technology