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, electronics, and modern physics. Many graduates go on to careers as science educators or as physicists in industry, 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’ll have opportunities to join small teams working with faculty on projects ranging from neutron scattering at nearby Massachusetts General Hospital, to nanoscience using an atomic force microscope, to augmented and virtual reality using Hololens and Oculus Quests in the Multiple Realities Team and machine learning with neural net controlled robots. Recent projects have focused on nuclear physics and neutron activation, nanoscience, black holes, and magnetic levitation. Students regularly present their research at the national American Physical Society conference. 

Society of Physics Students (SPS)

Students are also able to join Suffolk's nationally recognized chapter of the Society of Physics Students, which has been selected as an outstanding chapter for three consecutive years and also won three consecutive grants to support ongoing research projects. This professional association, part of the National Society of Physics Students, helps students develop the skills they need to succeed after graduation including 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. 

As a member of SPS, you can connect with students and attend 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.

Astrophysics Concentration

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 the possibility to study abroad in Spain, typically during either your sophomore or junior year. During your study abroad experience, you’ll have the opportunity to visit the Teide Observatory in the Canary Islands at Tenerife.

Courses & Requirements

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