Physics classroom

With a physics major, you can study the universe from the largest galaxies to the smallest particles. Physics is the most fundamental science and an integral part of many other disciplines, including astronomy, biology, chemistry, earth science, and engineering

You’ll take courses in classical and quantum mechanics, electricity and magnetism, and modern physics. Since physics incorporates so many other sciences, it’s a versatile degree. Employment rates for physics majors are among the highest nationwide.

Many graduates go on to careers as science educators or as physicist in national and international labs, and others pursue engineering. Because our curriculum is lab-based, you’ll work closely with other students and professors. The department is collaborative and close-knit. Your professors will offer research opportunities to supplement your studies at our two world-class facilities, the Nanoscience Laboratory and the Sagan Energy Research Laboratory, as well as study abroad options.

Astrophysics Concentration

Some students choose a concentration in astrophysics, the study of celestial bodies. Many students who pursue this concentration go on to work in the fields of astronomy and computational astrophysical modeling. This program is immersive and travel-based, with a study abroad program in Spain during either the sophomore or junior year.

Juniors and seniors can also work on a two-year-long capstone research project with faculty in Spain and here in Boston. In addition to working as a teaching assistant in our campus labs, you’ll have the chance to travel wherever science calls. Recent visits include the Canary Islands and the Gran Telescopio Canarias in La Palma. Spain. Through the study abroad program, you’ll work closely with professional astronomers at top observatories and at the Centro de Astriobiología in Madrid.