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Physics and Materials Science are the most fundamental of sciences, as they relate to the laws governing the behavior of matter and energy in the universe. The Physics Department ensures its students have a solid foundation when studying physics. Concepts explored include Quantum Theory, Mechanics, Thermodynamics, Electromagnetism and Optics, Relativity, Cosmology, and applications to Condensed Matter, Atoms, Polymers, Quantum Computing, Nuclei, Elementary Particles, Surface Science, and Nanotechnology.

Many faculty members regularly involve undergraduates in their experimental or theoretical physics research, either through academic public service or through part-time academic jobs. In addition, Tulane has a 4+1 program that allows students to obtain a Master’s Degree in five years by enabling them to take graduate level courses as an undergraduate.