Explore the most fundamental science
From quarks to supernovas, all known objects in our universe are subject to the laws of physics. Physics, simply put, is the science of everything. It encompasses matter, motion and energy and is the keystone to all sciences. Physics defines life, inside the human body and in celestial bodies. It is nature itself. In fact, the name physics derives from the Greek word for nature, physica.
When you major in physics at Susquehanna University, your professors will take you on a journey from Newtonian mechanics to quantum mechanics. It may sound like a daunting journey, but the curriculum is designed to be flexible so that everyone can participate. If you are someone who needs help with additional math after high school, you can still jump into important physics concepts with course options like Independent Thought in Physics, which offers a hands-on laboratory experience while ensuring you are prepared for future classes. If you don’t need additional help, you can take more challenging courses.
Your professors want you to succeed. The community fostered by the students and faculty of the physics department offers a variety of opportunities for engagement outside the classroom. You can always find a way to interact with the department, such as becoming a teaching assistant, volunteering as a summer camp counselor, working with faculty on summer research, participating in astronomy-observing nights and much more. Best of all, these activities will also give you practical experience that will make you a desirable job candidate.
- of students develop and execute an individual research project with a faculty mentor
- student-maintained 3D printers used for lab and research projects