Physics explores the fundamental mysteries of nature ... from how the universe was created, to how biological systems function, to how to create new forms of matter. The strength of Purdue's physics department is its internationally recognized research in the areas of astrophysics, high energy physics, geophysics, nanophysics, nuclear physics, sensor technology, biophysics and more. How chlorophyll and hemoglobin work, the structure of black holes, the search for fundamental particles, the precise dating of Stonehenge, and new sensors for homeland defense are a few of the topics that drive the research in our department.
A cutting edge research program provides the excitement that stimulates students. We involve all our students in the process of discovery. Experience is the best teacher. The faculty provide a solid foundation in the undergraduate and graduate curricula so that the students may fully engage in the research experience. Physics prepares our alumni for fulfilling careers in a diverse array of fields. Our alumni include a president of the Rand Corporation, a professor at the University of Michigan, and a head of a venture capital group.
We bring our love and understanding of physics to thousands of elementary and high school students every year. Through major shows such as the Physics Funfest, and hands on learning programs such as PEARLS and Focus on Science, physics is brought to schools throughout Indiana and much of the Midwest. Through the Engage program our undergraduate students and graduate students have the opportunity to bring a fascinating view of science to the entire community. We invite everyone (students, teachers, scientists, graduates, corporate sponsors, ...) to come and help us in our search for understanding the universe!