Welcome!We want to take this opportunity to briefly introduce you to our Department. We offer stimulating educational and research programs for both undergraduate and graduate students. For undergraduates, we have a rich variety of degree programs including biomedical physics (with premed option), or applied physics and engineering. Both can be examined in more detail (along with other possibilities) on the undergraduate page. Students taking classes can also find a variety of help and information on this page. We also offer our undergraduate students access to Northeastern’s world-famous model of Cooperative Education, which gives them unparalleled opportunities to explore and gain real-world work experience. For graduate study, we offer intensive and well-funded research programs in theoretical and experimental particle physics, condensed matter and nanophysics, biological physics, and network science. Our faculty are world renowned scientists working at the frontiers of their respective fields. We welcome you to browse our web-site, check out our Newsletter and enjoy the videos below, which help to capture some of the excitement our department has to offer.
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New BS/PhD Degree in PhysicsA new BS/PhD program allows Northeastern undergraduate physics majors to continue on to a PhD in physics.
Physics Department Videos
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Assistant Professor Swastik Kar Receives NSF Career Award
Congratulations to Assistant Professor Swastik Kar who has received an NSF Career Award.
Tables Turn as Nature Imitates Art
There are examples of art imitating nature all around us–whether it’s Monet’s pastel Water Lilies or Chihuly’s glassblown Seaforms, the human conception of natural pehnomena dazzles but does not often surprise.
A New Way to Battle HIV
More than 35 million people around the world now live with HIV/ AIDS. While drug discovery efforts to combat the disease have been successful, multiple treatments are required because the virus mutates and develops resistance to individual drugs.
The Potential Pandemic
In 2011, scientists successfully engineered a lethal avian flu virus to be transmissible between birds as well as mammals and possibly humans.
Bonding Together to Fight HIV
A collaborative team led by a Northeastern University professor may have altered the way we look at drug development for HIV by uncovering some unusual properties of a human protein called APOBEC3G (A3G).
New Research Takes Aim at Heart’s ‘Safe Zone’
Sudden cardiac arrest is the leading cause of death in the industrialized world. However, it’s not well understood and is challenging to both predict and effectively prevent, according to Alain Karma, Arts and Sciences Distinguished Professor in the Department of Physics.
Assistant Professor Paul Whitford Receives NSF Career Award
Congratulations to Assistant Professor Paul Whitford who has received an NSF Career Award for $954K.
Dr. Tanmoy Das (PhD 2010) Receives an NERSC Award for High Impact Scientific Achievement – Early Career
Dr. Tanmoy Das receives an Early Career award from the Department of Energy’s National Energy Research Scientific Computing Center (NERSC).
The Social Network, Hungary-style
For every Hungarian living in Greater Boston, there are about 4,000 non-Hungarians. Despite its small size, however, the Hungarian community has formed a tight social network, according to recent research from Distinguished University Professor of Physics Albert-László Barabási and Ancsa Hannák, a doctoral candidate in network science.