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Students gain advanced knowledge of classical physics, quantum mechanics, and statistical mechanics. Students graduate with the qualitative and quantitative skills necessary for applying physics understanding to professional research and teaching in physics. Faculty in Physics have completed the Mentoring at Critical Transitions Program Mentoring at Critical Transitions


Program Address

Department of Physics
174 Physics Building
One Shields Ave
Davis, CA 95616
(530) 752-1501
(530) 752-4717

Program Type

Departmentally-Based Graduate Program
Lead Dean: 
College of Letters and Science
Major Code: 

Degree Requirements

Administrative ByLaws

Application Deadlines

Jan 5, 2021
Space Available: 
Jun 1, 2021
Prospective Student Fellowship: 
Jan 5, 2021
Continuing Student Fellowship: 
Jan 15, 2021

Degrees Offered

M.S. Plan I
M.S. Plan II
Ph.D. Plan B

Admission Requirements

Designated Emphases


S/U Exception
Only two per student, Approval of the Adviser, PHY 219B, PHY 224ABC, PHY229AB, PHY230ABC, PHY 240ABC, PHY241, PHY242, PHY243ABC, PHY245ABC, PHY246, PHY250, PHY252AB, PHY260, PHY262, PHY263, PHY265-7


Graduate Program Coordinator

Program Chair

  • Department Chair
  • Physics
  • 09/01/2011

Academic Advisors

  • Advisor: General
  • Physics
  • 09/01/2019 to 08/31/2021
  • Advisor: Primary Contact
  • Physics
  • 09/01/2018 to 08/31/2021
  • Advisor: Admissions Only
  • Physics
  • 09/01/2017 to 08/31/2021

Senior Academic Advisor in Graduate Studies

Internal Fellowship Analyst in Graduate Studies

External Fellowship Analyst in Graduate Studies