The Department of Physics is dedicated to advancing the forefronts of knowledge in both pure and applied physics, thus providing an exciting intellectual climate for our graduate students. Our research activities include astrophysics (particle astrophysics, cosmology and gravitation), condensed matter and materials physics (experimental, theoretical and computational), low temperature physics, elementary particle physics (experimental and theoretical) and biological physics. With such diversity in research offerings you will have an opportunity to pursue research in most areas of contemporary physics. In spite of the size of our Department, we are committed to designing a program of graduate study that is tailored to your experience and interests. Our Graduate Coordinator sees that each of our graduate students receives personal attention and advice as they progress toward their advanced degree.

Physics At A Glance

55 research faculty engaged in forefront research in high energy, condensed matter, mathematical, computational, astro-, and biological physics
Excellent graduate student/faculty ratio of 2.5:1
Faculty Excellence
8 NSF Presidential Young Investigators/
Career Awards
5 Sloan Foundation Fellows
21 American Physical Society Fellows
3 Cottrell Scholars
3 Guggenheim Fellows
2 DOE Outstanding Junior Investigators
numerous individual faculty awards
Latest NRC Report
Ranked in the top 25% of all physics programs
Top program in the Southeastern United States
$10,400,000 externally federally funded research in 2005-2006
Top 30 Physics programs nationwide
Major participant in national and international research collaborations: NHMFL, LIGO, LISA, CDF, CMS

Graduate Program Brochure

Please download our physics Graduate Program Brochure (PDF) which provides further information about research activities and faculty in the physics department, the graduate degree programs offered, and the city of Gainesville.

Graduate Program Overview

For brief overview of Preliminary Examination, Graduate Core Courses, Distribution Requirement and Highlights, please see Graduate Program Overview (PDF).


Graduate Coordinator Guido Mueller

Graduate Recruiter
Konstantin Matchev
to whom all correspondence regarding recruiting should be addressed to

Student Services Office
Pam Marlin
Office: 2201 NPB
Phone: 352.392.9472