Explore the fundamental questions
In the department of physics at the University of Rhode Island, we want to know more about how the universe works—and we never stop asking questions.
We invite you to join our community of scientists. Here you can build your foundation in physics, engage in innovative research, create an exciting career—and discover your own questions.
Our B.S. programs offer students real choices. The B.S. in Physics provides a solid foundation in theoretical and experimental physics in preparation for graduate study or a career as an industry or government physicist. The B.S. in Physics and Physical Oceanography offers a range of career opportunities in physics and physical oceanography—and those who go on to advanced degrees are in high demand.
The M.S. in Physics—with both thesis and non-thesis options—and the Ph.D. in Physics offer flexibility in course selection, which allows for highly individualized programs of study. Thesis research can be carried out in any area in which a student and a faculty member find a common interest. The bulk of present research efforts at the doctoral level are centered in the broad area of condensed matter physics.
In our accredited, Medical Physics program, we offer two options:
5-years B.S. in Physics and M.S. in Medical Physics Program
This program provides students with rigorous training in essential undergraduate physics courses and graduate physics and medical physics courses.
2-years M.S. in Medical Physics Program
This program is designed for students with B.S. in Physics or related discipline and provides students with rigorous training in graduate physics and medical physics courses.
In both programs students are introduced to research and clinical aspects of modern medical physics through the Rhode Island Hospital state-of-the-art medical physics therapy and imaging facilities.