• Tech plays role in one of the most significant discoveries in the world of physics this century.
  • For this Nanocatalyst, One Atom Makes a Big Difference
  • Professor Pablo Laguna receives the 2016 Edward A. Bouchet Award from the APS
  • Entering the Strange World of Ultracold Chemistry
  • Prof. Maldovan's Work featured in a single-author Nature Materials article.

The School of Physics offers programs of study leading to B.S., M.S. and Ph.D. degrees. The School is comprised of 44 faculty members, 123 undergraduate majors (one of the largest programs in the United States) and 109 graduate students.

The Howey Physics Building is comprised of 26,000 sq. ft. of instructional space (classrooms and laboratories), 156,000 sq. ft. of research laboratory space, and adequate office space for faculty, post-doctoral fellows, graduate students and visitors.


With a degree from the Georgia Tech School of Physics, you'll have the tools you need to succeed whether you decide to go to graduate school or into the industry after graduation. The Bachelor of Science in Physics prepares students for physics graduate programs while the Bachelor of Science in Applied Physics is better suited for entry into industry or preparation for graduate study in some other discipline.

The School of Physics also offers Astrophysics Certificate and Astrophysics Concentration.


The graduate program in the School of Physics provides the background and training needed to conduct and complete high quality, world-recognized research. Moreover, owing to the experiences we offer for supervised teaching of undergraduate laboratory courses, graduate students from diverse backgrounds develop into creative physicists who can function effectively in educational, industrial or government laboratory settings. Successful completion of the Ph.D. program in Physics requires (a) completion of course work, (b) participation in seminars and Special Problems, (c) acceptance into Ph.D. candidacy, and (d) thesis research.



Male diving beetles use specialized adhesive setae, in spatula or circular form, to mount on female elytra during underwater courtship; co-evolution of the contact surfaces has attracted much attention since Darwin.  We for the first time directly measured and compared the performance of a single seta of each form.  While the circular setae behave like typical suckers, the spatula ones with a modified shallow sucker and channels, found only in male Cybister beetles, use the combined mechanisms of suction and viscous resistance for adhesion.  To decipher the physical


Physics Colloquium


Physics Colloquium


School of Earth and Atmospheric Sciences' Joseph Dufek,School of Physics' Deirdre Shoemaker, and

Jul 08 2016

When early terrestrial animals began moving about on mud and sand 360 million years ago, the powe

Jul 04 2016

DSWeb logo contest results

Jun 20 2016