Master fundamental principles of the sub-atomic and the universe in our dynamic program that blends theory, experimentation and exploration. Student-centered projects develop the individual as a physicist and/or astronomer. Hands-on experiences solidify the concepts using simple and complex equipment including high-energy lasers, precision spectrometers or optical and radio telescopes.
With our $23 million natural sciences facility, Bracy Hall, physics and astronomy students have the classroom and laboratory essentials required for hands-on learning. Our newly renovated introductory labs are designed with active learning in mind with technology that helps you learn. A dedicated electronics lab, machine shop and advanced lab space, provide students with multiple areas to work on projects with research and industry grade equipment. For astronomers, there is a roof-top observatory with a variety of state-of-the-art and traditional telescopes.
Physics Major Quick Facts
The physics major requires a total of 58 major-specific credits, as well as 32 credits that will fulfill the general education program. The University’s general education program, the Integrative Core, allows students to explore courses outside of their area of study and gain valuable leadership and communication skills needed for a rewarding career.
- Students research projects can follow their passion, which potentially aligns with faculty research interests in astronomy, astrophysics, atomic, molecular and optical physics, solid-state physics, physics pedagogy, acoustics and STEMcoding. The faculty are quite adept at co-learning with students about research topics they are not familiar.
- Students are successful post-graduation, with acceptance to top-tier graduate programs in physics, engineering and astrophysics. Graduates also work as engineers, technicians, chemists and technical writers.
- Students in the physics and astronomy major can join the Society of Physics Students and Sigma Pi Sigma, the physics honorary.
- Students can participate in experiential learning as well, including internships and the Research Experience for Undergraduates (REU) programs sponsored by the National Science Foundation.