Department of

Physics, Engineering, & Astronomy

Solve problems, build solutions, and imagine the Universe, from the smallest particles to the largest galaxies.

Physics, Engineering, & Astronomy

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Explore the Universe

Students build new parts for our 0.5 MeV Van de Graff linear proton accelerator, analyze images of Saturn from the Cassini spacecraft, construct circuits, model the acoustics of campus spaces, write computer code, and 3D print experimental apparatus.

Physics & the Liberal Arts

Our students communicate, collaborate, and think deeply about physics in the world. Our education prepares students for graduate school, jobs in industry, work in education, and a life of meaningful purpose.

Shuhei Fujita ’18 develops energy software
Physics & Astronomy News

Shuhei Fujita ’18 develops energy software

Shuhei Fujita, physics major for class of ’18, developed energy software with Professor Steve Huss-Lederman to monitor building consumption in real time.
Britt Scharringhausen

Want to change Earth’s Orbit? Ask Prof. Scharringhausen

Associate Professor of Physics and Astronomy Britt Scharringhausen showed readers of Scientific American how to use an equation on the planet’s radiative equilibrium, which sets its effective temperature, which could help change the Earth’s orbit.

Clare Lanaghan

Clare Lanaghan ’18 wins NSF Graduate Fellowship

Clare Lanaghan (Physics ’18) recently learned that she received one of the prestigious NSF Graduate Research Fellowship to support Ph.D. study.


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