About Physics + Astronomy

Physics Mission statement

Physics, the science of matter and energy, is the study of the deepest mysteries of our universe, ranging from subatomic particles to cosmology. Exploring ideas of space, time, matter, energy, and radiation, it serves as the basis for the physical sciences. Modern society is influenced by physics in countless ways, including recent developments in such fields as laser optics, miniaturized electronics, nuclear energy, and medical instrumentation.

Beyond the earth, astronomy applies the ideas of physics to the study of planets, stars, galaxies and all celestial phenomena within reach of our telescopes. Since the two areas share a vast array of common ideas and knowledge, new discoveries in physics often aid progress in astronomy and vice versa.

Physics and astronomy faculty

Physics Faculty

What makes our physics and astronomy department stand out is the people, plain and simple. For a smaller school, we attract and retain simply the best instructors in the field who mentor, lead, teach and inspire students.

Meet the experts
students in physics lab

Majors + Minors

Physics students tend to want to know how nature fundamentally works, and enjoy thinking about big problems and asking questions. Whether you are destined for grad school, a tech career, teaching, or space, a Blugold physics degree may be the ticket.

Pick your physics major
"Waves" event participants rehearsing

Bring science to life through art

The arts and sciences literally will share the stage during “Waves: A Celebration of Astronomy and Music,” a one-of-a-kind event that will weave together musical pieces, recent scientific discoveries and stunning images of the solar system.

The science of music
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