Think about the world in a new way

And prepare to change it.

Our physics students are challenged by a mix of classical physics and ground-breaking new methods. Add to that 3+2 cooperative agreements with engineering programs at Columbia University, Washington University of St. Louis and Case Western Reserve University, and you really can have it all at Susquehanna.

Classical physics courses in mechanics, electricity and magnetism, optics, and electronics—with select classes in quantum area—give you the foundational knowledge to continue your education, step into a career or teach the next generation of Einsteins. You won't find this a range of specialties and options at other schools that are as personalized to where you want to go as Susquehanna.

Cutting-edge teaching techniques center on learning and applying your new-found knowledge with real-life, fun, applications. You'll crack eggs and smash Lego castles as part of your education. It's problem-solving in real time.

Real-World Experience

Do you want to present at national and international conferences? No problem.

Interested in research opportunities with NASA, CERN, Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution, Lunar and Planetary Lab in Arizona or the Large Hadron Collider Computing Grid? We'll help you get there.

An emphasis on independent thinking means you'll develop your own ideas for research and work with faculty members to build your skills and confidence. Our students do research in physics, math and computer science.

Our graduates then go on to earn advanced degrees, become government analysts, or work in labs, computing or teaching.

A Susquehanna education provides students with flexibility in coursework so they can conduct research, intern and study abroad. When it comes to your major, you’ll begin taking classes in your chosen program of study in your first year.  

Here are some of the courses that physics majors take in their first few semesters at Susquehanna. 

  • Independent Thought and Explorations in Physics  
  • Digital and Analog Electronics 
  • Introductory Physics I and II – with Calculus 
  • Calculus I and II 

Download the current course catalog on this page to see the full list of classes and course descriptions for Susquehanna’s majors.  

Recent graduates are employed at:

AT&T's Holmdel Laboratory
Department of Homeland Security
The FBI Forensic Laboratory
NASA's Goddard Space Flight Center
Numerous high schools as teachers
Susquehanna Valley Cancer Treatment Center
U.S. Government

Recent graduates have continued studies at:

Columbia University
Drexel University
Lehigh University
MIT-Woods Hole
The Pennsylvania State University
Princeton University
University of California at Berkeley
University of Connecticut
University of Michigan

Samya Bano Zain, Ph.D.

Department: Physics
Associate Professor of Physics
Experimental Particle Physics

Email Address
Phone Number 570-372-4006

Jennifer Carter

Department: Physics
Assistant Professor of Physics

Carl Edward Faust, Ph.D.

Department: Physics
Assistant Professor of Physics
Atomic Molecular Physics

Email Address
Phone Number 570-372-4471

James Roush

Department: Physics
Adjunct Faculty in Physics

Bob Everly

Department: Physics
Visiting Lecturer in Physics
Capstone Research

Email Address
Phone Number 570-372-4211

Wayne Latchford

Department: Physics
Adjunct Faculty in Physics

Nick Stepanik

Department: Physics
Adjunct Faculty in Physics

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Liberal Arts Meets Engineering

We have the best of both worlds available to you. Pursue a liberal arts and science education from Susquehanna and an engineering education from Columbia University through a new combined degree program.

You'll earn a Bachelor of Arts or Science degree from us and a Bachelor of Science degree from Columbia through The Fu Foundation School of Engineering and Applied Science (SEAS) in just five years. After attending Susquehanna for about three years, completing the equivalent of three academic years, you'll then attend SEAS for at least two years to complete the requirements for your intended major. 

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Andrew Steely
Andrew Steely

For triple major Andrew Steely ’18, some of his best experiences at Susquehanna came in the lab.

Stephanie Schneider '15
Stephanie Schneider

Stephanie Schneider '15 Howson has always had a love for mathematics.

Hareem Zain
Hareem Zain

Hareem Zain '19 is one of the first students to study engineering at Columbia University through our 3+2 cooperative agreement with the elite New York City school.

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Department of Physics

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Selinsgrove, Pa. 17870

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Samya Bano Zain, department head

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