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Physics and Astronomy

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Department Chairperson:
Alessandro Massarotti
Office: Shields Science Center 309
Phone: 508-565-1430

M. Horne

Associate Professor:
A. Massarotti
D. Simon
Assistant Professor:
G. Gu

Professor Emeritus:
C. Raymo

The Department of Physics and Astronomy offers a B.A. and B.S. in Physics, a B.A. and B.S. in Astronomy, and a B.S. in Earth and Planetary Sciences. The B.A. in Physics can also be awarded as part of Stonehill’s Engineering 3+2 Program with the University of Notre Dame.

Departmental Mission

The main mission of the Department of Physics and Astronomy is to provide our students with knowledge needed to become professional scientists and engineers. Our department also believes in the wider dissemination of scientific knowledge to the wider student population, and contributes six courses to our Cornerstone Program.

Learning Outcomes

Majors in Physics and/or participating in the 5-year Dual Degree Engineering Program with the University of Notre Dame will:

  1. demonstrate a clear understanding of these five core curriculum areas: classical mechanics & relativity, electromagnetism, optics & waves, quantum mechanics & atomic physics, and astrophysics.
  2. use the aforementioned knowledge in physics as well as in the math required to do physics to describe and explain physical systems.
  3. understand how science is performed: observation, hypothesis development, experimental design & execution, data collection and interpretation.
  4. understand the philosophical, ethical, and societal dimensions of physics as a human endeavor.


    MajorMinorEngineering Dual Degree

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