Department Overview

physics_externalWelcome to the Department of Physics at the University of Maryland, Baltimore County!

We are located on the 500 acre main UMBC campus in the Baltimore suburbs just outside the Baltimore Beltway.

The department offers physics degrees at the BA, BS, MS and PhD levels, supported by over 20 tenure-track faculty. The department also maintains a robust and growing research portfolio, with concentrations in the following fields:

As one of the most rapidly growing physics departments in the country, UMBC’s Department of Physics has experienced great changes in the last 15 years:

  • Number of tenure-track faculty has doubled
  • Research faculty has grown significantly
  • PhD and MS programs established in Physics and Atmospheric Physics
  • Graduate population has exceeded 50 full-time students

Researchers in the department are funded by NASA, NSF, Department of Defense, Department of Energy and private industry. Due to the close proximity to many government labs, our students have opportunities, via internships and fellowships, to work closely with researchers at the NASA Goddard Space Flight Center, the National Institutes of Science and Technology (NIST), the Army and Naval Research Laboratories and the NSA’s Laboratory for Physical Sciences.

The mission of the Department of Physics at UMBC is based on three pillars: education, research and service to society. We strive to provide outstanding educational opportunities, through instruction and research, for undergraduate physics majors seeking preparation for graduate school or entry into the workforce. We also aim to train graduate students to be leaders in their field of research. Our research goal is to grow and sustain internationally recognized research groups in atmospheric physics, astrophysics, condensed matter physics and quantum optics and information science. Through our teaching of physics to non-science and  non-physics majors and through our Physics for Secondary Education Teachers program, we provide professional service to the university community and the State.