Physics alumni and friends are in great company. The CU Boulder Department of Physics is a global leader in teaching, learning and research. Physics is ranked as one of the top 10 departments among public universities and a top 20 department overall. Most notably, the department is ranked as the best public graduate program in the nation in the field of atomic, molecular and optical physics according to the 2023 US News & World Report. 

Physics students have the opportunity to study and work with some of the best teachers and scientists in the field. The department hosts four Nobel laureates, four MacArthur fellows, eleven members of the National Academy of Sciences, and four members of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences. Students benefit from a wealth of experience, and when they leave, they take with them a myriad of accomplishments—and more importantly—a life-changing experience that will set the course of their future. 

By sharing our research and discoveries in physics, we can positively impact our world. We question, research and discover with the intention of answering the big questions that can benefit society. And we can’t conduct cutting-edge research without the support of our community. Whether through donation or joining us for an event, your involvement allows our physics community to continue pushing boundaries.