The Department offers comprehensive programs of study and research leading to the degrees of Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.), with an interim Master of Science. Students may also obtain a Master of Science in Teaching (M.S.T.) in conjunction with the Lynch School of Education and Human Development. Courses emphasize a strong foundation in the basic principles of physics, preparing the student to undertake advanced research under the supervision of a faculty advisor. Graduate students are encouraged not only to collaborate closely with their research advisor, but also to draw upon the experience of the entire faculty and other graduate students. Our students are trained primarily to carry out independent research at the Ph.D. level, and our graduates have gone on to successful careers in many areas.