Physics is nothing less than the empirical, mathematical, and philosophical basis for all natural science and engineering. It’s about solving real-world problems and explaining how everything in the universe works. The physicist’s technique of translating a concrete situation into abstract terms that can be solved using mathematical tools is a skill of much value in all fields of scientific research and engineeringand in management, business, industry, and more.


Undergraduate Research Opportunities

Physics majors have many opportunities to conduct research alongside faculty mentors. Many students have been included as co-authors on publications in the major physics and astronomy professional journals.

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Lafayette maintains outstanding facilities for instructional laboratories and research in physics. Students get hands-on experience with experiments in all the major areas of  physics, both at the introductory and advanced undergraduate levels.

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Physics Club

All students with an interest in physics are invited to join the Physics Club. You don’t have to be a physics major to join. The Physics Club is a chapter of the national Society of Physics Students (SPS)

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The physics curriculum includes several physics major options to choose from, as well as a minor. The study of physics can be combined with other intellectual pursuits and can be part of the preparation for a variety of careers.

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