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Washington State University Physics

Universities / August 10, 2018

Is the study of the material world. Its historical mission was to push the boundaries of superlatives: the smallest subatomic particle, the quickest time interval, the most precise measurement, the most perplexing of unexplained phenomena.

In the 21st century, these challenges are augmented with a need to understand how particles interact under extreme conditions or complex situations. For instance, we seek to fulfill the promise of nanotechnology, quantum technologies and quantum degenerate gases, computational simulation, and biophysical understanding.


is the study of the universe from the size scales of planets to the ultimate size scale of all. It encompasses the risks of meteor impacts, the intricate ballet of planetary systems, and the warping of spacetime near a black hole.

The WSU Department of Physics and Astronomy aims to prepare young scientists for careers in these and related areas.We offer bachelors, masters, and doctoral degrees for students that aspire to the challenge of pushing back the frontiers of human knowledge. Please explore these pages to find out more about our laboratories, programs, and internationally respected faculty.