As a hub of scientific discovery and intellectual curiosity, the UC San Diego Department of Physics is dedicated to unraveling the fundamental principles that govern the universe and providing a world-class education. Our undergraduate program offers a comprehensive curriculum designed to challenge and inspire. From classical mechanics to quantum phenomena, from relativity to particle physics, you will delve into a spectrum of topics that will reshape your understanding of reality. 

Beyond the classroom, our department boasts cutting-edge research facilities, providing you with opportunities to engage in groundbreaking projects and contribute to scientific advancements. You'll have access to a network of fellow students, professors, and researchers who are equally passionate about uncovering nature's secrets.

Choosing a path in physics is more than an academic decision – it's a journey of exploration, curiosity, and growth. As you embark on this exciting endeavor, know that UC San Diego Physics is not just a place to learn, but a community to belong to. We're here to support your academic aspirations and help you make your mark on the universe.

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Transfer Admissions

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Continuing UC San Diego Students

The Physics Department is pleased to announce that all of our majors and specializations are now uncapped!

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prospective students



The very first enrolled graduate students in 1960 at the new UC San Diego were physicists. Today, the UC San Diego Department of Physics continues that groundbreaking legacy and stands as a beacon of innovation, discovery, and collaboration. Join us in our mission to explore the fundamental principles that govern the universe, from the tiniest particles to the vastness of space.

Discover the interdisciplinary connections that physics fosters, from cosmology to quantum materials and beyond. Here, you'll find distinguished faculty mentors who are leaders in their respective fields; scientists who value diversity, intellectual curiosity, and a commitment to pushing the boundaries of human knowledge. You can learn more about our state-of-the-art laboratories, cutting-edge theoretical advances, and scientific centers by exploring our Research Areas

Our holistic approach to admissions takes into account your academic achievements, research potential, and personal qualities that will contribute to our vibrant academic community. As a part of our department, you'll have the opportunity to collaborate across disciplines, conduct research at major national and international centers, engage in thought-provoking discussions, and make lasting contributions to the world of science.

We encourage you to explore our graduate PhD programs and degree specializations, connect with our faculty and current students, and envision yourself thriving in our intellectually stimulating environment. We look forward to reviewing your application and, hopefully, welcoming you as a valued member of our physics community.

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