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Study on the leading edge of discovery — from the nano-sized to a limitless universe.

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"Professors really care about you and your wellbeing, and I've been able to get to know a lot of professors by just talking to them before classes. "
Anna '23

Mellon College of Science


Join our relentless search for a deeper understanding of what the world is made of and how it works. In the Physics department, our theorists work with pencil and paper, with the largest computers in the world, and with machine learning colleagues on campus. If you’re a let’s-try-it-one-more-time experimenter or a never-satisfied questioner, you’ll fit right in. You’ll find excellence across our chosen research areas: subatomic physics, quantum electronics, cosmology, and biological physics. Mentoring you — the next generation of scholars — is our passion. 

Physics Majors, Minor and More

Choose the path that fits you best. Browse all current Physics curriculums and courses.


Bachelor of Arts
Bachelor of Science

Our physics major will give you a firm grounding in the principles of physics, an appreciation of a range of physical problems of current interest, and the capacity to formulate and solve new problems. Research is a key part of the undergraduate experience, and you’ll find year-round opportunities to participate. 

While choosing a track within your major isn't required, track options within Physics include:

  • Applied Physics
  • Astrophysics
  • Biological Physics
  • Chemical Physics
  • Computational Physics

The minor in Physics will provide you a solid foundation in physics at the introductory level, followed by elective courses which will familiarize you with areas of modern physics as well as the concepts and techniques employed in the discipline.


Department of Physics

Wean Hall
Carnegie Mellon University
5000 Forbes Avenue
Pittsburgh, PA 15213

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Classes of 2021 and 2022, Six Months After Graduation


Employed or in Grad School


Average Salary

Recent Employers


General Motors

The National Radio Astronomy Observatory


High School Course Requirements

4 years English
4 years Mathematics*
1 year Chemistry
1 year Physics
1 year Biology
2 years Foreign Language
3 electives

*Four years of mathematics should include at least algebra, geometry, trigonometry, analytic geometry, elementary functions (pre-calculus) and preferably calculus. Advanced mathematics courses are encouraged, especially a course in calculus.

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You’re not just one thing. You’re a scientist. An artist. A technologist. A maker. A writer. Carnegie Mellon has been mixing it up for decades, and whatever you want to pursue, we’ve got the right mix for you.