Physics and Astronomy

Office: Physics Building, Room 211
Mailing Address: 2112 East Wesley Ave., Denver, CO. 80208
Phone: 303-871-2238

The Department of Physics and Astronomy at the University of Denver combines a tradition of individualized instruction with a contemporary research focus. The department underwent a strong expansion with nine tenure-track and two teaching professor positions filled since 2006. Our diverse and dynamic faculty of 12 includes four women and come from seven different countries. We provide an attentive, hands-on research and learning community for undergraduate and graduate students up to the Ph.D. level. The department also offers a low student-to-faculty ratio in all advanced and graduate physics and astronomy courses and stresses individualized attention to each student. The program is recognized by the APS among US PhD-granting departments for our high percentage (50%) of female graduates: placing second nationally at the undergraduate level and third at the graduate level (APS data for the period 2011-2013).  

The department has major research thrusts in stellar astronomy/astrophysics, biophysics, and condensed matter/materials physics. Our faculty members are internationally recognized and accomplished researchers. The department is a part of the University of Denver's interdisciplinary Molecular and Cellular Biophysics program. Major state-of-the-art instrumentation is available both in the department and through collaborations with nearby national institutes in the region (NIST and NREL). Also, the University of Denver maintains our own Linux cluster for in-house high-performance computational needs.