Physics Major

As a physics major, you will explore the vast range of nature, from sub-nuclear particles to the most distant galaxies. You will consider with the most fundamental aspects of our universe: the properties of atoms, nuclei, and elementary particles; the nature of fundamental forces of interaction between these particles; and the collective behavior of atoms in solids, liquids, and gasses.

sample courses:

From Black Holes to Big Bang

An introduction to general relativity. The goal will be to illustrate important features of general relativity without the full-blown mathematics of Einstein's equations, by restricting attention to spherically symmetric spacetimes. Topics will include: principle of equivalence; curved spacetime; spherical stars and black holes; the Big Bang model, observational cosmology.

Energy and Environmental Physics

This intermediate-level course applies basic physics principles to this increasingly important area. It is designed for all science and engineering majors with an interest in energy and environmental issues. Topics to be covered include population trends, fossil fuel use, renewable energy sources, energy storage strategies and climate change. Particular emphasis will be given to the use of the fundamental laws of physics, such as energy conservation, as well as more general concepts such as local and global stability, chaotic behavior, probability and risk. The aim of the course is the development of analytical skills and familiarity with important concepts, in order to enable an independent and informed view of environmental problems and possible solutions.

our students have gone on to become:



Earth Scientists


Financial Analysts

Medical Researchers


Spacecraft Designers