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Physics is the study of the behavior of matter, space, time, and fields. Using highly sophisticated experimental and mathematical techniques, physicists gather detailed measurements of phenomena—from the largest scales involving the entire universe to the smallest scales involving the most fundamental particles—to construct theories that explain how the universe and the things in it behave. The Department of Physics at UW educates students at all levels from general education, through preparation for teaching and scientific careers, to doctoral and post-doctoral education. The department encourages the involvement of undergraduates in research; currently more than 180 undergraduates participate in research within the department.
The Department of Physics currently hosts a free annual public lecture series, "Frontiers of Physics" welcoming Nobel Laureates and top academic leaders to campus for sold-out lectures on broad-based topics within the field of physics. Learn more about this series here.