Untangle the mysteries behind the universe, from the velocity of steam to the power of a supernova.
This streamlined track provides students the flexibility to pursue additional academic interests like undertaking a minor, completing courses for medical school, preparing for a career in teaching, or preparing for law school.
Using a balance of theoretical, experimental, and computational work, our program will provide you with a foundational understanding of physical phenomena and natural systems. Guided by our renowned, approachable faculty, you’ll hone the tools to investigate topics in-depth and the communication skills needed to share information with others. We’re committed to providing you with hands-on opportunities through the laboratory, field research at home and abroad, and independent study.
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Students who graduate with a major in physics will be able to
- Analyze complex and subtle physical phenomena and systems
- Identify the physical and mathematical principles relevant to a system - even principles that are addressed in separate courses and disciplines
- Carry out the necessary analysis and synthesis to model the system accurately
- Effectively communicate their results
Saint Mary's Testimonials
“My time at SMC prepared me for the challenges of my post-grad life. As an international student, I had to adapt to living far away from home, with classes and life in a different language. Doing a challenging major like Physics added to the challenge of getting a degree abroad. But when I look back I am thankful for all the people I met along the way, who helped me in every step of the process - professors, fellow students, Brothers, and officers such as those who work at the CIP. Now I am fully suited to face the challenges of getting my career started in the engineering field. I recently got a promotion and I look forward to many more successes in the future.”
Javier Rivera, Physics Major 2021
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