The faculty and students of the Department of Physics and Astronomy are engaged in explaining and predicting the behavior of the physical world around us including everything from subatomic particles to supernovas.

Our department combines the best features of a small liberal arts college and a major research university. We are a moderately sized department with accessible faculty dedicated to excellence in teaching.


A degree in physics or physics and astronomy can be applicable to a wide range of careers including:

  • Basic research
  • Education
  • Computer science
  • Medicine
  • Communication
  • Publishing
  • Environmental science
  • Law
  • Business
  • Engineering
  • Space and earth sciences

Our degree programs, especially the BA, have substantial room for electives. This flexibility produces a broad range of customized study plans available to our students.