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Programs in Physics

From large questions such as dark energy to the science underlying solar cells, discover new phenomena and gain a deeper understanding of our world.

Physics is the most fundamental of the sciences, and by choosing to study this exciting and challenging field, you have the potential to have an enormous impact on our society.

UTulsa programs combine theoretical knowledge in fields such as quantum mechanics and condensed matter physics and practical experience in nanotechnology, optics, lasers, or solid-state physics. You will join a collaborative environment led by our faculty and embark on a broad spectrum of research projects in string theory, particle physics, quantum mechanics, nanotechnology, optics, astrophysics, and more.

97% Job Placement Rate

$150K Annual Median Pay for Physicists

#7 For Engineering Majors,

3:1 Student-Faculty Ratio

Professional Opportunities

students engaging in a hands-on physics activity

There are numerous opportunities for practical research in UTulsa’s state-of-the-art laboratories, and our faculty will support you in interdisciplinary and collaborative research with other departments, national laboratories, federal agencies (NASA), research institutions, and in fostering strong connections with the industry. Our programs are designed to prepare you for industry, government, and higher education careers. UTulsa alumni find employment at leading companies like Google, Intel, and Williams. 

Job opportunities: 

  • Physicist
  • Engineer
  • Educator
  • Researcher
  • Data analyst

UTulsa was the best place I could have been, the relationships I've developed with faculty and graduate students and the opportunities to excel in physics.

Isa Fite, 2024 Goldwater Scholar second-year physics student

Beyond the Classroom

    • Set the stage for lifelong learning and success.

      Learning is an individualized journey that extends far beyond a major or the walls of a classroom. UTulsa’s Office of Integrative and Experiential Learning (OIEL) provides opportunities for scholars to enliven their studies through global education, research, scholarship, and interdisciplinary programs. Our real-world academic enrichment opportunities are designed to challenge students and enhance their personal and professional educational experience.


    • Make your UTulsa experience as rich and diverse as you like.

      UTulsa students have abundant opportunities to get involved with clubs and organizations to develop new skills, meet new friends, and make lifetime memories. From international clubs, music groups, and intramural sports to Greek life, student government, and on-campus leadership, there’s truly something for everyone at UTulsa. Our multi-faceted extracurricular options perfectly complement our multidisciplinary academic approach.


    • Be the change you want to see.

      UTulsa encourages students to give back to the community and see societal problems through a different lens. In considering issues ranging from low-income to racial biases, students analyze the intricacies of cyclical social issues to gain broader perspectives and insights, which they can share with others and act on in the community.


    • Pursue success with confidence — backed by UTulsa’s job placement guarantee.

      UTulsa is committed to our students’ professional success, which is why our Center for Career Development, aka CaneCareers, offers a job placement guarantee program. We promise that students who follow the program will land an entry-level job in their chosen field or continue their education within six months of graduation, or we’ll give them a free semester of grad school.


    Learn more about the department

    Physics majors obtain a solid foundation in physics and mathematics in preparation for a technical or scientific career. Our students can study theoretical topics in fields such as quantum mechanics and condensed matter physics and gain experimental experience in nanotechnology, optics, lasers or solid-state physics.

    Department of Physics & Engineering Physics