Baylor University
Department of Physics
College of Arts and Sciences

Undergraduate Programs

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Jeffrey S. Olafsen, Ph.D.
Associate Professor of Physics
Undergraduate Program Director
Director of Undergraduate Research
Office: Baylor Sciences Building E.315
Phone: (254) 710-2280

Baylor has excellent undergraduate programs in physics, astronomy, and astrophysics. Taught by a committed and caring faculty, students in Baylor's Department of Physics study some of the most exciting aspects of the universe. Our graduates currently hold a wide range of positions in the United States and throughout the world.

The University ranks first among the 73 American doctoral granting private institutions in the total number of baccalaureate recipients who have earned doctorates in the professional fields; following Baylor are Harvard, Columbia, Brigham Young, Cornell, Northwestern, New York University, Syracuse, Stanford, and the University of Pennsylvania. Baylor is also one of the oldest coeducational universities in the United States and one of six Phi Beta Kappa universities in Texas.

Undergraduate students can join graduate students in our experimental research laboratories or active theoretical groups. Unlike many major universities, undergraduates are encouraged to join an active research group within the department and gain valuable research experience.

A strength of the Baylor faculty is the individual attention that students receive from their professors. Physics professors pride themselves on having an open door, and easy access for all students.

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