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Department of Physics

The Department of Physics is an active, engaged community that stimulates its students' curiosity about the fundamental workings of the Universe. We encourage students to think deeply through questions about how the universe works, to find and connect abstract relationships to new situations and to be academically confident and knowledgeable scientists, teachers and lifelong learners.

Topology and the 2016 Nobel Prize in Physics

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The Nobel Prize in Physics was awarded this year to David Thouless, Duncan Haldane and Michael Kosterlitz for discoveries in topological phase transitions. What does that mean?  Learn more>>

What do we offer?

  • Bachelor of Science degree in Physics, including possible concentrations in
    • Computational Physics
    • Astrophysics
    • Mathematical Physics
  • Bachelor of Science degree in Engineering-Physics
    • Jointly offered with Pacific's School of Engineering and Computer Science 
      Pacific is one of only 21 schools in the U.S. with an accredited Bachelor's degree in Engineering-Physics.
  • Bachelor of Arts degree in Physics tailored to prepare K-12 STEM field teachers

What will you find here?

  • Engaged Students- We have an engaged community of students following their curiosity and learning about the fundamental workings of the Universe, from entangled photons to supernovae in distant galaxies.
  • Expert Faculty- Our faculty members are exceptional teachers and recognized research leaders in their fields of study.
  • Undergraduate Research Opportunities- Because of our small size we can work closely with our undergraduate students and give them opportunities to participate in research.
  • Advanced Equipment- Grants through the National Science Foundation and other sources have enabled the Physics department to acquire highly sophisticated instrumentation that supports hands-on learning.

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