Physics Department

Answering nature’s most fundamental questions.

The Department of Physics at the University of Notre Dame offers students more than simply an education in physics; it offers a training ground for the mind, a first-class education in the art and science of problem solving.

Undergraduate and graduate students work with world-class faculty in the University’s excellent campus facilities, as well as in research facilities around the globe, including those in Japan and South America, as well as at Mount Graham International Observatory in Arizona, Fermi and Argonne national laboratories in Illinois, and CERN in Europe. Cutting edge research—research that is truly collaborative, interdisciplinary, and international in scope—is carried out in:

  • Astrophysics
  • Nuclear Physics
  • Elementary Particle Physics
  • Condensed Matter and Biophysics
  • Atomic Physics

With the research opportunities of a large university coupled with the environment of a smaller, private university, the department offers a variety of programs to accommodate the academic and professional interests of its students.

The Department of Physics offers bachelor’s, master’s, and doctoral degrees.