• Dr. Perdew

    Physics Professor Is One of World's Most Cited

    With nearly 70,000 citations referring to his work on density functional theory, Dr. Perdew is among the world's most-cited physicists. More »

  • Engineering Partnership

    Engineering Partnership

    A new undergraduate program will allow Tulane students to earn dual degrees in physics and engineering. More »

  • PolyMRC

    New Lab for Promising Polymer Research

    Allowing students to study polymers in collaboration with professors and private companies. More »

John Perdew, One of the Most Cited Physicists 1
Engineering Partnership 2
New Lab for Promising Polymer Research 3


At Tulane University our students have a unique opportunity to combine understanding of science and engineering both in our courses and degrees. Alongside our longstanding Physics Program (science) established in 1895, we added an undergraduate Engineering Physics Program (engineering) in 2006. Students can be more marketable with the dual experience available in both of these degree programs.

The number of undergraduate students in our traditional Physics Program has doubled since hurricane Katrina (2005). Our new Engineering Physics Program has rapidly grown to about the same number of students as in Physics with a total of 16–20 Physics majors plus 18–22 Engineering Physics majors in our 2010 freshman class. Both teaching and research in our department are experiencing exciting growth. We intend to add a new PhD Program in Materials Engineering soon to our Physics PhD Program, established half a century ago. Our goal is to find new and effective ways to expand and integrate cutting edge science and technology to meet the growing needs of widening interdisciplinary global challenges, and to provide our graduates with the advantage of this enhanced experience.

Whether you are a student contemplating an undergraduate program, a prospective graduate student, a scientist interested in postdoctoral or faculty positions, or simply browsing our website we invite you to you visit us here in New Orleans and perhaps join our unique Physics and Engineering Physics (PEP) team here at Tulane University.

Zhiqiang Mao, Department Chair

Recent News

September 13, 2012The department welcomes new faculty members Professor Douglas Chrisey, Assistant Professors Matthew Escarra and Jiang Wei, and Professor of Practice Michelle Hewlett Sanchez.

July 18, 2011The Department of Physics is now accepting Graduate applications for enrollment in the Fall of 2012.

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July 18, 2011Assistant Professor Diyar Talbayev has joined the Physics Department at Tulane University.

May 25, 2011John Perdew is named as a member of the National Academy of Science.

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May 13, 2011Lev Kaplan wins Tulane Undergraduate Teaching Award.

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