Carnegie Mellon University

Department of Physics

Mellon College of Science

Why Physics?

Physics is the study of nature at a fundamental level, conducted in order to understand how the world and universe behave.  Physics is one of the oldest academic disciplines and spans a vast assortment of phenomena, ranging from the smallest sub-atomic particles to galaxies, and the universe itself.

Physics has been a part of Carnegie Mellon University (originally known as Carnegie Technical Schools and later as Carnegie Tech) since the first class of students entered in 1906.  Links on this page inform about the people in our department, the research we are involved in, and our undergraduate and graduate educational offerings.