Physics for 21st Century Careers and Grand Challenge Research Problems

Welcome to UAB's Department of Physics. We are delighted that you are interested in learning more about our programs and the educational opportunities available at UAB. Our Department offers bachelor’s, master’s, and Ph.D. degree tracks along with research programs in computational physics, theoretical physics, condensed matter physics, material physics, nanoscience, optics, and laser physics. 

Our program combines flexibility with rigor in order to help our students develop a broad skill set, including computation, experimental, critical thinking, and problem-solving. These skills are the tools you’ll need for solving the Grand Challenge interdisciplinary problems facing today’s technology-driven society.

Our undergraduate students take advantage of a multitude of learning activities, ranging from honors courses and seminars during their freshman year to cutting-edge, hands-on research experiences. Our world-class faculty will help YOU develop an individual program of study that helps you gain a competitive edge and allows you to pursue your passion.

A research-intensive curriculum offers a versatile, small-college environment that combines breadth with depth. While in the program, both graduate and undergraduate students have research opportunities to do part of their work at major government and industrial laboratories.

The skills our graduates leave with are valued and highly sought after by top U.S. and international employers. They’ve been successful in a wide range of post-graduation paths and 21st century careers in STEM, computational, and medical/health-related fields. From working as a research scientist in government laboratories to attending a top medical school, alumni of the program have gone on to experience high levels of success.

Please explore our website to learn more about our versatile academic and research programs, including

I look forward to seeing you on the UAB campus soon and to personally help you optimize the opportunities awaiting you. Deciding to pursue what you love by becoming a member of our family is a first step in transforming a Physics degree into a successful and rewarding 21st century career.

Ilias Perakis


Ilias Perakis, Ph.D.
Professor & Chair, Department of Physics