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.

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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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Facilities

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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Program

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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Contact Us

Andrew Dougherty
Department Head
Hugel Science Center
Easton, PA 18042
doughera@lafayette.edu
(610) 330-5212