University of Alaska - Fairbanks

University of Alaska Fairbanks

Computational Physics, General Science, Physics, Space Physics


P.O. Box 757320

P.O. Box 757500

Fairbanks, AK 99775

United States





Program Information

Degrees Offered:

Physics, Ph.D.; Space Physics, Ph.D., Computational Physics, M.S.;Physics, M.S., M.A.T.;

Format: Campus

Program Description:

Graduate work is offered in various areas of physics. Faculty and student research programs currently emphasize investigations of auroral, ionospheric, magnetospheric and space plasma physics, the physics and chemistry of the upper and middle atmosphere, radio wave propagation and scattering, solar-terrestrial relations & condensed matter physics • Physics: Various areas of physics studies including research studied at the UAF Geophysical Institute are offered. Students can earn an M.S. or Ph.D. degree in physics with research specialties in a variety of areas. • Space Physics: Focuses on the physics of upper atmospheres, ionospheres, magnetospheres and the interplanetary medium. The program includes foundation and specialty courses such as plasma physics, auroral physics, aeronomy and magnetospheric physics. Techniques courses provide training in areas such as numerical simulations and time-series analysis. • Computational Physics (M.S. Degree only): Computational physics includes numerical modeling and computer simulation of physical systems. Computational physics requires expertise in advanced computing environments, mathematics, and in the specific physics discipline. This degree is directed toward students with undergraduate academic backgrounds in physics or other closely associated fields such as engineering. It’s suited to students seeking careers that require expertise in modeling and simulation of physical systems.


UAF is accredited by the Northwest Commission on Colleges and Universities.

Facts & Figures

Financial Aid: No

International Financial Aid: No

Classification: Doctoral/Research University—Intensive

Locale: Small Suburb

Size & Settings: 6,000-9,999

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