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Department of Physics

Inspiring awe in the structure of the universe

Physics is the science of how things work. Physicists study everything from subatomic particles, to the properties of materials used to construct electronic devices, to the laws that govern the universe on the largest scales. These endeavors require a combination of ‘hands on’ experiments, theory based on mathematical laws and models, and computation often used to bring the theory and experiment together. The boundaries between disciplines such and chemistry, physics and biology are inherently fuzzy and interdisciplinary fields such as biophysics, geophysics and chemical physics are at the forefront of much of today’s research.


The Department of Physics offers Bachelor of Science degrees in physics, pre-engineering, pre-health physics and liberal arts physics. Scholarships are available to Physics students based on their academic achievement and/or financial need. For a complete list of Physics scholarships click here. Learn more about our programs of study »


Our faculty are active in different areas of Theoretical and Experimental Physics. In addition to course work, students are encouraged to get involved in research with the faculty. Learn more about our undergraduate research opportunities »

Faculty Success

New instruments for collaborative research in cellular biophysics and molecular biology

Dr. Armin Kargol (Physics) and Dr. Kimberlee Mix (Biological Sciences) have received a $112k grant from the LA Board of Regents Support Fund Enhancement Program for the acquisition of two instruments, the Port-a-Patch (a compact patch clamp system to study electrical properties of cells) and the Nucleofector (a computerized device for cell transfections). Both instruments will be used in collaborative research and in courses taught by Dr. Kargol and Dr. Mix.

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Student Success

Physics Senior Ilyes Benslimane published in Bioscience Reports

Ilyes Benslimane was recently published in Bioscience Reports for his contributions to the paper "ApoE deficiency promotes colon inflammation and enhances the inflammatory potential of oxidized LDL and TNF-α in primary colon epithelial cells." Ilyes worked under Louisiana State University Professor, Dr. Hamid Boulares, at the Louisiana Cancer Research Center.

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Physics Seminar Series

Join us for an upcoming series. Free pizza and drinks will be served.