PHYSICS (PHYS)College of Computer, Mathematical, & Natural Sciences
1120 John S. Toll Physics Building, 301-405-5979
Chair: S. Rolston (Prof)
Professors: S. Anlage (Dist Scholar-Teacher), T. Antonsen, A. Baden, J. Banavar (Prof And Dean), P. Bedaque, E. Beise (Dist Scholar-Teacher), A. Buonanno (College Park Professor), T. Cohen (Dist Scholar-Teacher), S. DasSarma (Dist Univ Prof, Dist Faculty Research Fellow), W. Dorland (Dist Scholar-Teacher), J. Drake (Dist Univ Prof), T. Einstein, S. Eno (Dist Scholar-Teacher), V. Galitski, S. Gates (Regents Prof, Dist Univ Prof, Dist Scholar-Teacher, Toll Chair), J. Goodman (Dist Univ Prof, Dist Scholar-Teacher), R. Greene, N. Hadley, A. Hassam, K. Hoffman (Assoc Chair), B. Hu, T. Jacobson (Dist Scholar-Teacher), C. Jarzynski (Dist Univ Prof), A. Jawahery (Dist Univ Prof), X. Ji, T. Kirkpatrick, D. Lathrop, C. Lobb (Dist Scholar-Teacher), W. Losert, J. Mather ( College Park Prof, Nobel Laureate), H. Milchberg (Dist Scholar-Teacher), R. Mohapatra (Dist Scholar-Teacher), C. Monroe (Dist Univ Prof), L. Orozco, E. Ott (Dist Univ Prof), J. Paglione, K. Papadopoulos, W. Phillips (Dist Univ Prof, Nobel Laureate), E. Redish (Dist Scholar-Teacher), R. Roy, E. Seo, A. Skuja, P. Sprangle, G. Sullivan, R. Sundrum (Dist Univ Prof, Toll Chair), F. Wellstood, E. Williams (Dist Univ Prof, Dist Faculty Research Fellow), V. Yakovenko
Associate Professors: K. Agashe, I. Appelbaum, Z. Chacko, M. Girvan, C. Hall, K. Kim, M. Ouyang, D. Roberts, P. Shawhan, A. Upadhyaya
Assistant Professors: M. Barkeshli, A. Belloni, V. Manucharyan, J. McKinney, J. Sau, J. Williams
Senior Lecturer: D. Buehrle (Senior Lecturer)
Lecturers: S. Picozzi
Affiliate Professors: W. Hill, P. O'Shea (Dist Scholar-Teacher), G. Oehrlein, R. Phaneuf, I. Takeuchi, J. Weeks (Dist University Professor)
Affiliate Associate Professors: J. Aranda-Espinoza, A. Childs, J. Cumings, A. Elby, E. Waks
Affiliate Assistant Professors: M. Hafezi, M. Leite, Y. Mo, J. Munday, E. Rodriguez
Adjunct Professors: G. Bryant, C. Clark, P. Julienne, P. Lett, J. Lynn, A. Migdall, S. Moseley, J. Porto, G. Solomon, I. Spielman, E. Tiesinga, R. Tycko, C. Williams
Adjunct Associate Professors: G. Campbell, J. McEnery, K. Osborn, B. Palmer, J. Taylor
Adjunct Assistant Professors: N. Butch, A. Gorshkov, H. Shroff, K. Tanner
Research Scientist: F. Ipavich, B. Kane (Sr Res Sci), R. Kellogg, M. Moody
Associate Research Scientist: E. Blaufuss, H. Breuer, A. Smith
Assistant Research Scientist: M. Cetina, K. Hudek, G. Jenkins, N. Klimov, P. Li, J. Mizrahi, K. Nakahara, Y. Pan, X. Shao, A. Sushkov, M. Tonjes (Lecturer), R. Vispute
Associate Research Professor: A. Smith
Assistant Research Professor: A. Gupta, S. Jabeen (Lecturer)
Professors Emeriti: J. Anderson, S. Bhagat, D. Boyd, D. Brill, G. C. Chang, C. Chang, N. Chant, D. Currie, A. DeSilva, J. Dorfman, A. Dragt (Sr Res Sci), H. Drew (Res Prof), R. Ellis, D. Falk, M. Fisher (Dist Univ Prof Emeritus), A. Glick, G. Gloeckler (Dist Univ Prof Emeritus), G. Goldenbaum, O. Greenberg (Res Prof), H. Griem, J. Griffin, D. Hamilton (Res Prof), H. Holmgren, C. Kacser (Assoc Prof Emeritus), Y. Kim, V. Korenman, D. Langenberg (Chancellor Emeritus), J. Layman, C. Liu (Res Prof), G. Mason, C. Misner, H. Paik (Res Prof), R. Park, J. Pati, J. Richard, P. Roos, R. Sagdeev (Dist Univ Prof), J. Sucher, S. Wallace (Res Prof), J. Yorke (Dist Univ Prof Emeritus, Res Prof)
Visiting Faculty: C. Alvarez Ochoa, D. Berley, S. Bludman, K. Dienes, C. Doran, G. Dudnikova, R. Ellsworth, T. Ferbel, K. Gebbie, T. Hubsch, J. Kogut, G. Lubkin, J. Nico, S. Nussinov, V. Rodgers, I. Rothstein, L. Schmid, R. Sinclair, J. Starr, J. Su, S. Tonwar (Lecturer), G. Yodh
Physics is an exciting and rewarding field of study. Physicists make important discoveries that often change the way we live by examining the way things work, and there are still many discoveries to be made.
Program Learning Outcomes
Students are expected to fully engage with the curriculum and the opportunities presented for learning and research. Having completed the degree program, students should have acquired the following knowledge and skills:
Requirements for the Major
In the Education Physics area of concentration: PHYS401 may be replaced by PHYS420 - Principles of Modern Physics (3). PHYS375 may be replaced by one additional non-seminar 400-level approved Physics course of 3-4 credits.
Students who are considering pursuing the Education Physics area of concentration are encouraged to enroll in EDCI280-Introduction to Teaching, for a survey of education and teaching. The Education Physics area of concentration is designed to accommodate students obtaining a teaching certificate through the College of Education. However, completing all the courses in the Education Physics area of concentration does not in itself satisfy all requirements for obtaining a teaching certificate. Students pursuing the Education Physics area of concentration who want to also obtain a teaching certificate in secondary education must first apply and be admitted to the Secondary Education Program in the College of Education and then complete additional courses in that program.
Other Requirements for the Major
Students must complete all courses required for the major with a grade of "C-" or higher.
Requirements for the Minor
This minor provides a rigorous foundation in physics for students who choose not to complete the entire physics major. The minor begins with a set of two introductory courses (6 credits) in electromagnetic fields (PHYS262 or PHYS272) and waves (PHYS263 or PHYS273). As part of this introduction to Physics, the minor also requires a one-credit introductory physics laboratory (PHYS174, PHYS261, or PHYS271) involving techniques of data gathering and analysis. To obtain a deeper understanding of physics, the minor requires three additional upper-level courses (3-4 credits each), which students can select from the list below.
Note: At the beginning of the semester in which graduation is intended, a student should make an appointment with the Physics Department's Undergraduate Advisor to fill out the appropriate paperwork.
Advising for undergraduates is available throughout the year in Room 1120 PHY. For early registration, advising is mandatory; students should check Testudo for their early registration date and email firstname.lastname@example.org for information about advising appointments. Students who have been away more than two years may find that due to curriculum changes the courses they have taken may no longer be adequate preparation for the courses required to complete the major. Students in this situation must meet with the Departmental Advisor to make appropriate plans.
Departmental Honors in Physics
The Departmental Honors Program in Physics was established to recognize and encourage independent and creative scholarship in physics by providing superior undergraduate physics majors the opportunity for advanced and intensive study. The central component of departmental honors in physics is participation in undergraduate research. To earn high honors in physics, students must produce and defend an honors thesis/document based on their own research. The committee's decision whether to award high honors will be based on the quality of the thesis and defense. To earn honors in physics, the student must pass an oral exam probing the depth of their understanding of physics from their courses and research involvement or complete an approved graduate level PHYS course with a grade of B or higher.
Requirements for Graduation with Departmental Honors in Physics
Note: Students who do not meet the criteria in items 1) and 2) above may submit an appeal to the Physics Honors Committee. The Physics Honors Committee may use other considerations (instructor evaluations, research activity, etc.) to award the Honors citation. Students who do not meet the criteria and are not awarded a departmental honors citation will not receive any negative record regarding the Physics Honors Program on any official document.
Student Societies and Professional Organizations
Society of Physics Students (SPS); Sigma Pi Sigma
Scholarships and Financial Assistance
The Office of Student Financial Aid (OSFA) administers all types of federal, state and institutional financial assistance programs and, in cooperation with other university offices, participates in the awarding of scholarships to deserving students. For information, visit: www.financialaid.umd.edu . Departmental scholarships for undergraduates in Physics include the following:
Angelo Bardasis Memorial Scholarship
Joseph Helfand Memorial Scholarship in Physics
Professor William M. MacDonald Physics Scholarship
Physics PALS Scholarship
University of Maryland Department of Physics NSF Scholarships in Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics
Awards and Recognition
Jerry B. Marion Award
IPST Monroe Martin Prize for Undergraduate Research in Physics