Our program offers a welcoming, personalized educational experience that broadly prepares
students for challenging careers in space sciences, nanotechnology, quantitative finance,
engineering, environmental sciences, optics, computer technology, energy policy, science
law, and many other fields. Our research efforts are broadly focused on condensed
matter physics, materials science, and astronomy. Our physics faculty and students
carry out interdisciplinary, collaborative, and hands-on research in multiple cutting-edge
laboratories. Our astronomy faculty and students have exceptional access to observing
opportunities at Apache Point Observatory, the Wyoming Infrared Observatory, and Red
Buttes Observatory. Our researchers also use the NCAR Wyoming supercomputer and the
Mount Moran cluster for their theoretical computational work. We offer three undergraduate
and three graduate degree programs: Physics BS, Physics BA, Astronomy BS, Physics
MS, Physics Teaching MS, and Physics Ph.D.
Summer Science Camps
WY NASA Space Grant
Physics & Astronomy REU
8th FRAMS Symposium hosted by UW on Aug. 20th, 2022
UW Team Aids Discovery of Superhot Exoplanet
UW Physics Researchers Resolve Controversy Over Energy Gap of Van der Waals Material
UW Professors Discover Way to Make Solar Cells More Efficient
DOE Office of Science published UW Physicists' research
Dr. Mike Pierce Heads State Portion of NASA Project
Women are Physicists, Too!
Physics & Astronomy
1000 E. University, Dept 3905
Laramie, WY. 82071
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This department welcomes LGBTQ students. Students are welcome regardless of gender,
sexual orientation, race, ethnicity, nationality, disability, age, religion, economic
status, or any other characteristic not relevant to the ability to do physics. All
members of this department should expect to be free of harassment for any reason.
If you do experience it, we will help you address it and report it to the appropriate