Welcome to the Physics Department at the University of California at Berkeley, a learning institution where distinguished professors and their students are key collaborators, leading the way in scientific research, challenging the fundamental laws of physics, and advancing tomorrow's ideas and discoveries.
Meet Our Scientists
Discovering the Higgs boson has allowed us to understand how particles acquire mass. Now with more data and with LHC collisions at higher energies, we hope to understand even more puzzling phenomena like, what is dark matter? And why is gravity so much weaker than the other forces? These are exciting times in particle physics.
Professor, Director of the Berkeley Particle Physics Center, Member of the ATLAS collaboration at the Large Hadron Collider (LHC)
For many, becoming a student at UC Berkeley is the fulfillment of a lifelong dream. Known as the greatest public university in the world, Berkeley is home to amazing students and world-class faculty whose work is making a difference in our understanding of the Universe and in the way we live. We hope you will explore all that the University and Department have to offer, and maybe we’ll see you in the department someday soon!
Students in the Physics Department, with wonderfully diverse interests and backgrounds, are passionate about their major and they participate fully in the exciting life of the department. This is what makes Physics at Berkeley a place where meaningful friendships and exciting scientific collaborations flourish. Many undergraduates are able to find jobs in research groups; graduate students understand the importance of mentoring undergraduates; and faculty and staff create an atmosphere where problem-solving and curiosity are valued. Quite simply, students are at the heart of everything that happens in Physics.
On education, Albert Einstein said in 1936: “The aim must be the training of independently acting and thinking individuals who, however, see in service to the community their highest life problem.”
Faculty and staff in the Physics Department at Berkeley agree to such a collective purpose: to serve their community by educating the best and brightest students and by producing cutting-edge physics research that serves humanity. Faculty in all physics sub-fields work to bring graduate and undergraduate students along with them in their research, and they participate in all aspects of the life of the department. Physics staff contribute through the advising of students; the managing of instructional labs and teaching; building and maintaining equipment in the machine and electronic shops; raising and managing the funds that are crucial to this top-notch program; building and maintaining classrooms and laboratories throughout our buildings.
Physics Alumni and Friends are amazingly talented and interesting people who have taken the gifts and tools from this department to become great researchers, CEOs, teachers, doctors, lawyers, humanitarians, philanthropists, even Nobel Prize winners and invaluable supporters of their home department. Without the support and interest from our alumni and friends, Physics would not be able to maintain its #1 ranking as the top-rated department in the country. With the help of our alumni and friends, we continue to attract and retain the best professors as well as the very best students.