Physics & Astronomy Department

Physics, the study of space, time, matter, and energy, is a fundamental component of a liberal education. Introductory courses in physics and astronomy are designed to give students a broad background in the fundamentals of the discipline, an introduction to the logic and philosophy of science, and insight into the understanding and applications of contemporary physics and astrophysics.

Advanced courses provide greater depth and sophistication as the student’s background in physics and mathematics develops. Laboratory investigation, designed to accommodate each student’s particular needs, provides direct experience of the central role that experimental research plays in the advancement of science.