Columbia has a longstanding scientific tradition and its departments are at the forefront of a wide range of research. This is true also of the Physics Department at Columbia, where we strive to provide a well-rounded  experience to undergraduate students equally bolstered on academic curriculum and opportunities for involvement in cutting-edge research.

With Physics considered as perhaps the most fundamental of the sciences, and thus at the core of many fields, the Physics Department further serves a large number of undergraduate students in Columbia College, SEAS, and General Studies. Most students will take a physics course to fulfill a science, engineering, or pre-medical requirement.

The opportunity for close interaction between undergraduates and members of the physics faculty is one of Columbia's special strengths.  All undergraduate physics courses are taught by faculty members. Undergraduate students also benefit from a 3:2 ratio of professors to junior and senior physics majors in recent years. 

For undergraduate admissions details, see the central Columbia Undergraduate Admissions page.

For additional help or resources, see Getting Help or Undergraduate Resources.