Academic program

Professors Lin, Lundblad (chair), and Smedley; Associate Professors Diamond-Stanic and Oishi; Visiting Associate Professor De Pree; Visiting Assistant Professors Abdussalam, Gillis, and Rolfe (Earth and Climate Sciences and Physics)


Physics, the study of space, time, matter, and energy, is a fundamental component of a liberal arts 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 provides a direct understanding of the central role that experimental research plays in the advancement of science. More information on physics and astronomy can be found on the website (bates.edu/physics-astronomy).