In the heart of Washington, D.C., Catholic University’s Department of Physics offers unique opportunities and unparalleled access to the nation’s top scientific research institutions: the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA), the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST), the Vitreous State Laboratory (VSL), the Jefferson Lab, and the European Organization for Nuclear Research (CERN).

For this reason, the Department of Physics is an ideal place to to pursue an undergraduate and graduate degree. We are also closely affiliated with leaders in industry, engineering, and technology. We specialize in mentoring and matching a student's curriculum with exceptional research scholars, engineers, and faculty throughout their scholastic career. We also offer guidance and assistance along with professional placement following graduation. Our students have continued their careers in national laboratories such as the Army Research Laboratory (ARL), the Naval Surface Warfare Center (NSWC), the Naval Research Laboratory (NRL), the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) the National Science Foundation (NSF), the Department of Energy (DOE), and the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA).

Catholic University Physics is research integrated, we offer paid internships, and we specialize in manageably sized classes. We foster a hands-on environment. Consequently, our students are quickly introduced to stimulating research not only during the first semester of their studies, but throughout their tenure with us.

Physics instrument


The Physics Department offers research-intensive graduate and undergraduate programs through small classes and active partnerships with top scientific research institutions, including NASA and our own Vitreous State Laboratory.

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Students accepted to the Department of Physics at The Catholic University of America are invited to explore their academic and career goals within a faith-based liberal arts education.

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Professor Steve Kraemer

Faculty and Research

Research programs stress the areas of nuclear physics, biophysics and condensed matter and low temperature physics as well as astrophysics and materials science.

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