Our approach to physics and astronomy is experiential and hands-on. You work in small groups in labs and workshops to understand the laws and physical models describing interactions involving matter and energy.
Physics is taught at all levels and with many other disciplines, including animation, music, sports, sustainability studies, and philosophy. If you’re embarking on an academic pathway in the sciences, you can obtain a foundation in university-level physics that also include calculus and chemistry or computer science.
At the advanced level, you can learn physics and astronomy in integrated programs that include applied mathematics and advanced physical chemistry.
How to Choose Your Path
You’ll choose what you study to earn a Bachelor’s degree that’s meaningful to you. Some students decide their programs as they go, while others chart their course in advance.
Aim for both breadth and depth; explore fields that may be related or that may seem very distant. You'll be surprised at what you discover.
If you're new to college, look for programs where you can gain a foundation, build key skills, and broaden your knowledge (FR only, FR-SO, or FR-SR).
If you already have a foundation in this field, look for programs with intermediate or advanced material (SO-SR, JR-SR, or FR-SR). These programs may include community-based learning and in-depth research. Some of these programs have specific prerequisites; check the description for details.
Talk to an academic advisor to get help figuring out what coursework is best for you.
|Class Standing||Quarters Offered||Credits|
|Matter and Motion||FR-SR||16|
|Physical Systems and Applied Mathematics||SO-SR||16|
|Physics I: Motion||FR-SR||4|
|Physics II: Electromagnetism||FR-SR||4|
|Physics III: Light||FR-SR||4|
|Undergraduate Research in Scientific Inquiry||SO-SR||0|