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Physics

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

Lucca Eloy '18 stands next to mathematics and computer science Professor Constance Royden, with whom he works closely to develop an independent project to artificially model the way the brain processes visual information.

Liberal Arts and Technology: A Match for the New Millennium

Jul 19, 2018

Lucca Eloy ’18 didn’t arrive at Holy Cross planning to major in computer science. He figured he’d focus on biology, maybe even go pre-med. But a funny thing happened sophomore year after he signed up for a computer science class …