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Physics: Major, Minor

A flexible curriculum provides students with a thorough, theoretical and experimental foundation in the principles of physics. Strengthened by exploration of the liberal arts, graduates of the program understand not just the science of physics, but also why it matters in today’s world.

With a low student-to-faculty ratio, physics students are assured of small classes and individual attention. In addition to regular course offerings, majors are able to take advantage of tutorials, independent studies, or supervised research with faculty members on topics related to their ongoing work. Members of the department are engaged in active research programs that cover a broad range of areas, including atomic physics, condensed matter physics, particle physics, and astrophysics. Graduates are prepared to pursue additional studies in physics, applied physics, engineering, medicine, or law; or entry-level positions in research, technology, business, teaching, and other fields.

Program Highlights

Students gain knowledge in all the major areas of modern physics — including thermal physics, classical mechanics, electromagnetism, and quantum mechanics — through coursework frequently coupled with hands-on lab experience. Advanced electives offered by the department include:
  • Optics with laboratory
  • Electronics with laboratory
  • Introduction to astrophysics
  • Advanced topics in physics
Take part in theoretical and experimental projects in astrophysics, atomic physics, condensed matter physics, and particle physics.
The 3-2 Program in Engineering provides the opportunity to combine the study of physics with training in engineering.
Find out what you can do with a physics major, and check out some recent grad school placements.

Physics News

Mary Beth Sheridan '83, Arthur Weyman '62, Barbara Tylenda '79, Richard Leon '71 and Gus Caffrey '73 stand at the entrance of St. Joseph Memorial Chapel.

Five Outstanding Alumni Receive Sanctae Crucis Awards

Jan 7, 2019

They graduated years apart, yet each embraces the Jesuit magis, a calling to “be more” that has fueled Holy Cross men and women throughout the decades and around the world. Determined to live lives of purpose and impact, these alumni …

Events

Tue
Apr 02
Science Engineering & Technology Networking Night
06:00 PM
Henry M. Hogan Campus Center 406