Physics Major

With a physics major, you can study the universe from the largest galaxies to the smallest particles. Physics incorporates other sciences, including astronomy, biology, chemistry, earth science, and engineering. With this versatile degree, your job search will have forward momentum.

Hands-On Learning

You’ll take courses in classical and quantum mechanics, electricity and magnetism, and modern physics. Many graduates go on to careers as science educators or as physicists in national and international labs, and others pursue engineering. Because our curriculum is lab-based, you’ll work closely with other students and professors.

We encourage you to participate in student-faculty research teams. You can work on campus at the Center for Multiple Realities or the Nanoscience Lab. Recent projects have studied wind turbines, geodesic domes, analysis of vibrating strings, methane monitoring of landfills, wireless remote sensors, and x-ray spectroscopy.

Society of Physics Students (SPS)

This professional association, part of the National Society of Physics Students, helps students develop the skills they need to succeed after graduation: effective communication and personal interactions, leadership experience, establishing a personal network of contacts, presenting scholarly work in professional meetings and journals, and reaching out to campus and local communities. Membership is open to anyone interested in physics, including majors in chemistry, computer science, engineering, geology, mathematics, medicine, and other fields.

You can connect with students and events at more than 200 colleges nationwide, many right here in Boston. You’ll also have the chance to present papers and research at national and international conferences, with faculty guidance.

Concentrations

Study 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 study abroad in Spain during either your sophomore or junior year. During your study abroad experience, you’ll work closely with professional astronomers at top observatories and at the Centro de Astriobiología in Madrid.

In your junior and senior year, you can also work on a two-year-long capstone research project with faculty in Spain and 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.

Interested in what the earth and other planets are made of? In this concentration, you can explore the physical and chemical nature of our solar system's planets. Learn principles of mathematics, applied physics, and computational technology that will help you investigate the land close to home, around the globe, and maybe even beyond.

This concentration is an ideal way to prepare for a career in the earth and space sciences, including geology, the energy industry, and environmental policy and protection.

Courses & Requirements

Learn more about the classes, requirements, and different options available to complete the program.