QuantumX seeks to cultivate a workforce with expertise in quantum science, engineering and technology. Relevant courses are offered through the UW departments of Physics, Chemistry, Chemical Engineering, Electrical & Computer Engineering, Computer Science & Engineering, and Materials Science & Engineering.

Accelerating Quantum-Enabled Technologies (AQET), a new National Science Foundation Research Training program for UW graduate students, is one of the first quantum information science and technology programs to bring hardware and software scientists and engineers together at the trainee level. AQET trainees acquire the skills to develop new quantum materials, devices, and algorithms for applications in computation, communication, and sensing.

A new transcriptable Graduate Certificate in Quantum Information Science and Engineering (QISE) is being created, and will be ready for students to pursue starting in Autumn 2022. This Graduate Certificate in QISE is what all AQET trainees will receive after completing the program, but it can also be earned by students outside of the AQET NRT program. Check back later for more information about the Graduate Certificate in QISE.


The following courses will be offered during the 2021-2022 Academic Year at UW. To see all Quantum-related courses that UW offers, click here

Courses marked below with * are expected to satisfy the introductory course requirement for the upcoming Graduate Certificate in QISE.

Quantum Information Science

Quantum information science seeks to understand how fundamental laws of quantum physics can be used to dramatically improve the acquisition, transmission, and processing of information.

Courses in this area discuss basic, intermediate and advanced concepts of quantum information and quantum computation: qubits, entanglement, quantum gates and quantum algorithms, quantum error correction, as well as topics including physical qubits and quantum computing architectures.

PHYS 225: Introduction to Quantum Mechanics
Emphasizes two-state systems. Introduces spin and applications in nuclear magnetic resonance.
Professor Gray Rybka / Autumn 2021 Course Info

PHYS 324: Quantum Mechanics – Part I
Introduction to nonrelativistic quantum mechanics: need for quantum theory, Schrodinger equation, operators, angular momentum, the hydrogen atom, identical particles, and the periodic table.
Professor Subdaheep Gupta / Autumn 2021 Course Info

PHYS 325: Quantum Mechanics – Part II
Continuation of PHYS 324. Introduction to nonrelativistic quantum mechanics: perturbation theory, the variational principle, radiation; application of quantum mechanics to atomic physics, magnetic resonance, scattering, and various special topics.
Professor Subdaheep Gupta / Winter 2022 / Course Info

PHYS 517: Quantum Mechanics
Introduction to quantum information and quantum computation. Qubits, gates, algorithms, error correction, fault tolerance, elements of information theory.
Professor Stephen Sharpe / Autumn 2021 / Course Info

*PHYS 521: Quantum Information
Professor Mark Rudner / Winter 2021 

PHYS 570: Quantum Field Theory 1
Emphasizes either relativistic quantum field theory or the many-body problem.
Professor Masha Baryakhtar / Autumn 2021 / Course Info

PHYS 571: Quantum Field Theory 2
Professor Masha Baryakhtar / Winter 2022

PHYS 572: Quantum Field Theory 3
Professor Natalie Paquette / Spring 2022

Quantum Technology

Quantum technology broadly describes fields of applied research encompassing computational, imaging and sensing devices that use quantum effects for enhanced performance.

Courses in this area focus on practical applications and physical implementations of systems based on properties of quantum mechanics, such as quantum computing, quantum cryptography, quantum simulations, quantum sensors, quantum metrology and quantum imaging.

*PHYS 419 + 575: Quantum Computing
Introduction to the theory and practice of quantum computation. Includes physics of information processing, quantum logic, quantum algorithms, quantum error correction, quantum communication, and cryptography.
Professor Boris Blinov / Autumn 2021 / Course Info

ECE 421 + 521: Applied Quantum Mechanics
Covers the basic theory of quantum mechanics in the context of modern examples of technological importance involving 1D, 2D, and 3D nanomaterials. Develops a qualitative and quantitative understanding of the principles of quantization, band structure, density of states, and Fermi’s golden rule (optical absorption, electron-impurity/phonon scattering).
Professor M.P. (Anant) Anantram / Winter 2022/ Course Info

PHYS 427 + 576: Advanced Topics in Optics and Photonics
Professor Mo Li / Winter 2022

CHEM 465 + 565: Computational Chemistry 
Basics of molecular quantum chemistry (Hartree-Fock and density functional theory); numerical implementation using computers, including basics of programming and scientific computing; applications to problems in chemistry..
Professor Xiaosong Li / Winter 2022

ECE 485: Introduction to Photonics
Introduction to optical principles and phenomena. Topics include electromagnetic theory of light, interference, diffraction, polarization, photon optics, laser principles, Gaussian beam optics, semiconductor optics, semiconductor photonic devices.
Professor Lih Lin / Autumn 2021 Course Info

ECE 529: Semiconductor Optoelectronics
Covers optical processes in semiconductors; optical waveguide theory; junction theory; LEDs; lasers photodetectors; photovoltaics; and optical modulators and switches.
Professor Scott Dunham / Winter 2022 / Course Info

PHYS 576A: Nanomechanical resonators: precision measurements, optomechanics, and quantum computing.
This course is geared towards introducing the field of nanomechanics to early-career graduate students, with a focus on the breadth of contemporary applications. Students will learn fundamentals and survey the current state-of-the-art, learning how mechanical vibrations can be employed in studying fundamental physics and applied to quantum technologies.
Professor Arthur Barnard / Autumn 2021

PHYS 578B: Quantum Simulation for Physics
Martin Savage / Winter 2022

*CSE 590Z: Quantum Computing
Professor James Lee / Winter 2022

Quantum Materials

Quantum materials possess unusual properties, based on quantum mechanical interactions, that could revolutionize many fields of technology.

Courses in this area describe properties and development of these materials which and have a wide range of potential applications including magnetic field sensing, low-power memory modules, high-density storage devices, quantum computers and energy-related technologies.

CHEM 485 + 585: Electronic Structure and Application of Materials
Introduction to electronic structure theory of solids from a chemical perspective, including band theory and the free electron model, with an emphasis in the second half of the quarter on modern trends in research in inorganic materials in the bulk and on the nanometer scale.
Professor Alexandra Velian / Winter 2022 / Course Info

CHEM 486 + 586: Electronic Dynamics in Organic and Inorganic Materials
Energy and charge transfer; exciton migration and charge transport; photophysical dynamics in optoelectronic and kinetic processes in electrochemical energy conversion.
Professor Cody Schlenker / Spring 2022 / Course Info

CHEM 487 + 587 + CHEM E 599: Nanomaterial Chemistry and Engineering
Rigorous overview of fundamental chemical and physical concepts important to nanomaterials science and engineering. Focus on luminescent, plasmonic, magnetic nanomaterials. 
Professor Vince Holmberg / Spring 2022 

CHEM E 498: Quantum Mechanics for Chemical Engineers
Provides chemical engineers with the theoretical and mathematical framework necessary to approach quantum mechanical problems in engineering, while also making explicit ties to the chemical engineering undergraduate core curriculum.
Professor Vince Holmberg / Autumn 2021 Course Info

ECE 527: Micro and Nanofabrication
Principles and techniques for the fabrication of microelectronics devices and integrated circuits. Includes clean room laboratory practices and chemical safety, photolithography, wet and dry etching, oxidation and diffusion, metallization and dielectric deposition, compressed gas systems, vacuum systems, thermal processing systems, plasma systems, and metrology.
Professor Tai-Chang Chen / Winter 2022 / Course Info

CHEM 550: Introduction to Quantum Chemistry
Origins and basic postulates of quantum mechanics, solutions to single-particle problems, angular momentum and hydrogenic wave functions, matrix methods, perturbation theory, variational methods.
Professor Anne McCoy / Autumn 2021 / Course Info

CHEM 551: Introduction to Quantum Chemistry
Electronic structure of many-electron atoms and molecules, vibration and rotation levels of molecules, effects of particle exchange, angular momentum and group theory, spectroscopic selection rules.
Professor Munira Khalil / Winter 2022 /  Course Info

PHYS 578A: Quantum Dynamics in Condensed Matter Systems
Professor Mark Rudner / Autumn 2021 / Course Info