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Physics

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The Magellan Telescopes at Las Campanas Observatory in La Serena, Chile.

The MIT Department of Physics has been a national resource since the turn of the 20th century. Our Department has been at the center of the revolution in understanding the nature of matter and energy and the dynamics of the cosmos. Our faculty - three of whom hold Nobel Prizes and 21 of whom are members of the National Academy of Sciences - include leaders in nearly every major area of physics. World leaders in science and engineering, including 10 Nobel Prize recipients, have been educated in the physics classrooms and laboratories at MIT. Alumni of the MIT Department of Physics are to be found on the faculties of the world's major universities and colleges, as well as federal research laboratories and every variety of industrial laboratories.

Our undergraduates are sought both by industry and the nation's most competitive graduate schools. Our doctoral graduates are eagerly sought for postdoctoral and faculty positions, as well as by industry.

The MIT Physics Department is one of the largest in the nation, in part because it includes astronomy and astrophysics. Our research programs include theoretical and experimental particle and nuclear physics, cosmology and astrophysics, plasma physics, theoretical and experimental condensed-matter physics, atomic physics, and biophysics. Our students - both undergraduate and graduate - have opportunities to pursue forefront research in almost any area.

All undergraduate students at MIT study mechanics, electricity and magnetism. Beyond that, our physics majors pursue a program that provides outstanding preparation for advanced education in physics and other careers. Our undergraduates have unusual opportunities for becoming involved in research, sometimes working with two different groups during their four years at MIT.

For more information, go to http://web.mit.edu/physics/.

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Undergraduate Courses
MIT Course #Course Title
8.01 Physics I, Fall 2003
8.01 Physics I: Classical Mechanics, Fall 1999
8.012 Physics I: Classical Mechanics, Fall 2005
8.01L Physics I: Classical Mechanics, Fall 2005
8.01T Physics I, Fall 2004
8.01X Physics I: Classical Mechanics with an Experimental Focus, Fall 2002
8.02 Electricity and Magnetism, Spring 2002
8.022 Physics II: Electricity and Magnetism, Fall 2004
8.022 Physics II: Electricity and Magnetism, Fall 2002
8.022 Physics II: Electricity and Magnetism, Fall 2006
8.02T Electricity and Magnetism, Spring 2005
8.02X Physics II: Electricity & Magnetism with an Experimental Focus, Spring 2005
8.03 Physics III, Spring 2003
8.03 Physics III: Vibrations and Waves, Fall 2004
8.033 Relativity, Fall 2003
8.04 Quantum Physics I, Spring 2006
8.044 Statistical Physics I, Spring 2004
8.05 Quantum Physics II, Fall 2004
8.06 Quantum Physics III, Spring 2005
8.07 Electromagnetism II, Fall 2005
8.08 Statistical Physics II, Spring 2005
8.09 Classical Mechanics, Fall 2006 NEW
8.13-14 Experimental Physics I & II "Junior Lab", Fall 2004 - Spring 2005
8.20 Introduction to Special Relativity, January (IAP) 2005
8.224 Exploring Black Holes: General Relativity & Astrophysics, Spring 2003
8.225J Einstein, Oppenheimer, Feynman: Physics in the 20th Century, Spring 2006
8.231 Physics of Solids I, Fall 2002
8.251 String Theory for Undergraduates, Spring 2005
8.261J Introduction to Computational Neuroscience, Spring 2004
8.282J Introduction to Astronomy, Spring 2006
8.284 Modern Astrophysics, Spring 2006
8.286 The Early Universe, Spring 2004
8.811 Particle Physics II, Fall 2005
8.901 Astrophysics I, Spring 2006


Graduate Courses
MIT Course #Course Title
8.311 Electromagnetic Theory, Spring 2004
8.321 Quantum Theory I, Fall 2002
8.322 Quantum Theory II, Spring 2003
8.323 Relativistic Quantum Field Theory I, Spring 2003
8.324 Relativistic Quantum Field Theory II, Fall 2005
8.325 Relativistic Quantum Field Theory III, Spring 2003
8.333 Statistical Mechanics I: Statistical Mechanics of Particles, Fall 2005
8.334 Statistical Mechanics II: Statistical Mechanics of Fields, Spring 2004
8.351J Classical Mechanics: A Computational Approach, Fall 2002
8.371J Quantum Information Science, Spring 2006
8.395J Teaching College-Level Science, Spring 2006
8.422 Atomic and Optical Physics II, Spring 2005
8.511 Theory of Solids I, Fall 2004
8.512 Theory of Solids II, Spring 2004
8.513 Many-Body Theory for Condensed Matter Systems, Fall 2004
8.514 Strongly Correlated Systems in Condensed Matter Physics, Fall 2003
8.575J Statistical Thermodynamics of Complex Liquids, Spring 2004
8.591J Systems Biology, Fall 2004
8.592J Statistical Physics in Biology, Spring 2005
8.594J Introduction to Neural Networks, Spring 2005
8.613J Introduction To Plasma Physics I, Fall 2002
8.613J Introduction to Plasma Physics I, Fall 2003
8.701 Introduction to Nuclear and Particle Physics, Spring 2004
8.851 Strong Interactions: Effective Field Theories of QCD, Spring 2006
8.871 Selected Topics in Theoretical Particle Physics: Branes and Gauge Theory Dynamics, Fall 2004
8.901 Astrophysics I, Spring 2006
8.902 Astrophysics II, Fall 2004
8.942 Cosmology, Fall 2001
8.952 Particle Physics of the Early Universe, Fall 2004 NEW
8.962 General Relativity, Spring 2006