Chair: Tomohiko Narita
Physics is the study of the behavior of the universe, especially the fundamental laws underlying natural phenomena. The major in physics at Holy Cross is intended to provide a thorough foundation in the principles of physics with a firm grounding in the liberal arts. For students interested in the exploration of physics in conjunction with a major in another field of study, the department also offers a minor.
The department, which consists of eight tenured faculty members and around 10 to 20 physics majors and minors per class year, ensures students receive highly personalized attention.
Higher Number of Physics Majors Than National Average
On average, 15 students become physics majors or minors each year, putting Holy Cross in the top 15 percent of all baccalaureate physics programs in the country in terms of numbers of majors.
Haberlin Hall, which houses the physics department, was fully renovated in 2010. The teaching classrooms and labs are designed to allow students to be fully engaged in the scientific process. From their first science course at Holy Cross to their most sophisticated senior research projects, students work in an environment that is specially designed to encourage hands-on, discovery-based exploration.