Undergraduate Studies


The study of physics at Brandeis offers students unique opportunities to prepare for graduate school or employment in a variety of technical fields. Our undergraduate program is strongly based on a first-rate research program by our faculty, which gives students the opportunity to participate in cutting-edge research in areas including astrophysics, biological physics, condensed-matter physics, high-energy particle physics, and theoretical physics; topics include string theory, liquid crystals, DNA, polymers, elementary particles, distant quasars and much more.  After graduation, our majors go on to prestigious graduate schools in physics and other fields, as well as to employment in a wide variety of private- and public-sector jobs.

The interdisciplinary biological physics major combines mathematics, physics and biology in an unusual and exciting opportunity for undergraduates. This is the perfect major for the student whose abilities tend toward the quantitative sciences of mathematics and physics, but whose enthusiasm and aspirations lean toward the life sciences.

The Quantitative Biology Research Community (QBReC) is a unique new program that gives undergraduate students the opportunity to conduct interdisciplinary research with acclaimed Brandeis faculty who are working at the interface of the physical and life sciences.

Brandeis University and the Fu Foundation School of Engineering and Applied Science of Columbia University have established a dual degree program whereby students complete three years of course work at Brandeis, then spend two years at Columbia University to complete the requirements for an engineering degree. Students admitted to the program and completing it successfully would be awarded a BA in physics (or possibly some other major) from Brandeis University and a BS in engineering from Columbia University. For more information go to Columbia University School of Engineering Combined Degree Program on the Academic Opportunities page

Physics majors also have the opportunity to study abroad.

The Undergraduate Departmental Representatives for 2018-19 are  Jesse Held, Rabeya Hussaini, and Carly KleinStern.