Physics, PhD

The PhD in physics is intended for highly capable students having the interest and ability to follow a career in independent research. Graduates find positions in a variety of settings, such as:

  • academic faculty
  • administration
  • government labs
  • industrial labs
  • management

The recent advent of the graduate faculty initiative at ASU extends the spectrum of potential physics doctoral topics and advisors to include highly transdisciplinary projects that draw upon:

  • biochemistry
  • biology
  • chemistry
  • electrical engineering
  • materials science
  • other related fields

Consequently, students and doctoral advisors can craft novel doctoral projects that transcend the classical palette of physics subjects. Transdisciplinary expertise of this nature is increasingly vital to modern science and technology.

Current areas of particular emphasis within the department include:

  • biological physics
  • cosmology
  • electron diffraction and imaging
  • nanoscale and materials physics
  • particle physics and astrophysics

The department has more than 90 doctoral students and more than 40 faculty members.

Degree Offered

Physics, PhD
Liberal Arts & Sciences, College of


Plan of Study

The Plan of Study is the required curriculum to complete the program.

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