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Welcome to the Department of Physics

Physics is an essential component in the education of a scientifically literate individual in an advanced society. The study of physics gives the student an opportunity to learn the fundamental theories that will be needed to explore how the world functions as well as the discoveries behind technological advances.

The department offers courses in physics, astronomy and general science where students develop an appreciation and understanding of nature and the underlying laws which govern our universe. Coursework develops comprehension of basic physical principles, competence in using logical procedures in problem-solving and an awareness of historical advances and future potential in the field of science.

Courses offered in the department serve the needs of the entire College community. Specific courses are required in some degree programs. Students may use courses offered by the department to satisfy the general education science requirement or as electives. Students who have taken or are taking calculus are encouraged to take PHYS 1441 and PHYS 1442 rather than PHYS 1433 and PHYS 1434.

  We are hiring a lecturer!

We have a new opening at the Lecturer level in the Physics Department. The application link is here. Interested candidates should submit their applications by April 30, 2022.

Lecturers are full-time members of the faculty who teach and perform related faculty functions, such as serving on departmental and college-wide committees, but do not have research obligations. Lecturers are eligible for tenure after five years of continuous service.

For any further questions or clarifications, you can reach out to Prof. Giovanni Ossola at