Physics & Astronomy

Physics is the study of the fundamental laws of nature that govern the structure and behavior of matter and energy from subatomic fundamental particles to stars, galaxies and the entire universe. It also provides the foundation on which rests much of the technological innovation in the modern world, from microwave ovens to computers, from airplanes to rocketry and space flight, from pocket cameras to magnetic resonance imaging (MRI). Physicists today make important contributions using both classical physics (computer simulation of pharmaceuticals, detection of planets around distant stars, gravitometric sensing of mineral resources), and modern physics (quantum computing, precise calibration of GPS systems, materials development, search for new fundamental particles) in theory and applications that affect our daily lives and shape the evolution of technology that society depends on.

Special Features

Departmental facilities include a research grade astronomical telescope and a well-developed Nuclear Magnetic Resonance laboratory and a 54 processor computing cluster. The department also supports a fully equipped open source student computer lab.

Admission Requirements

  • PHYS 40S
  • MATH 40S (Pre-Calculus)

Sample of Available Courses

  • Foundations of Physics I & II
  • Solar System Astronomy
  • The Galaxy and the Universe
  • Stellar & Galactic Astrophysics
  • Modern Physics
  • Electricity & Magnetism

Possible Careers

  • Industrial Researcher
  • Medical Physicist
  • Engineer (Aerospace, Civil, Mechanical, Electrical)
  • Astronomer
  • Geophysicist
  • Financial Modeler
  • Particle Physicist
  • Science Writer
  • Teacher
  • Doctor
  • Dentist
  • Meteorologist