Physics

Collaborate in an inclusive and hands-on approach to physics. Work in small groups in labs and workshops to combine theoretical studies with practical applications. Investigate phenomena from the scale of the most fundamental particles to the largest structure of the universe. Explore models describing interactions of matter and energy. Consider the implications to nature and society of how we apply that knowledge.

Programs integrate introductory physics with many other disciplines, with recent offerings including visual art, chemistry, botany, sustainability studies, entrepreneurship, and philosophy.

If you're embarking on an academic pathway in the sciences, you can obtain a foundation that combines laboratory-based physics and calculus with chemistry or computer science.

At the advanced level, in programs that include applied mathematics and advanced physical chemistry, you can learn:

  • Classical mechanics
  • Electrodynamics
  • Quantum mechanics
  • Statistical mechanics
  • Advanced lab methods.

Specialized advanced independent and small group study is available with recent work including nuclear physics, applied electronics, and quantum optics.

Students who completed integrated studies including physics have gone on to graduate studies, medical school, and law school, and have had successful careers as teachers and scientists working in industry, government, and universities.

Faculty

See faculty who teach in Mathematics, Physics, and Computer Science.

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.

Selected Programs 2021-22
Title Class Standing Credits
Climate Foundations and Global Futures
  • Freshman
  • Sophomore
  • Junior
  • Senior
16
Models of Motion
  • Sophomore
  • Junior
  • Senior
16
Material Matters: The Material Worlds of Art and Science
  • Freshman
  • Sophomore
  • Junior
  • Senior
16