Stonehill's Affiliation with the University of Notre Dame Gives Students Two Degrees in Five Years and a Valuable Advantage
NASA Internship Paves the Way to a Galaxy of Opportunities
Ashley Horan ’15 had been captivated by the night sky since she was a little girl and when Professor Alessandro Massarotti saw her promise as an astrophysicist he guided her to a constellation of opportunities that allowed her to explore her passion to its fullest.
Together, Stonehill College students and faculty cover topics that range from the foundations of quantum physics and relativity to the search for planets around other stars and the search for life in the cosmos. In addition to having access to our faculty’s extensive breadth of expertise, students also benefit from small class sizes that allow for high levels of individual attention.
Bring Science to Life
Stonehill College has made a significant investment in steadily expanding its resources, regularly purchasing the equipment necessary to recreate many of the major experiments behind our current understanding of physics.
Students who for years in high school memorized the speed of light, the diameter of an atom or the mass of an electron have the opportunity to go into the lab and recreate the experiments that reveal such fundamentals.
The Department of Physics & Astronomy offers both a bachelor of science degree (B.S.) and a bachelor of arts degree (B.A.) in Physics.
The Physics B.S. is designed for students who are interested in pursuing a graduate school degree in either physics or astronomy, and those students who seek immediate employment in teaching, private industry or government jobs that require an advanced knowledge of physics.
The Physics B.A. is designed for students who wish either to pursue an interdisciplinary field or to teach at a primary or secondary level. The Physics B.A. can also be awarded as part of our Engineering 3+2 Program in partnership with the University of Notre Dame.
The Department also offers a Physics minor.
Physics majors, whether they are pursuing a B.A. or a B.S., may also declare an Astronomy concentration.
The Department also offers an Astronomy minor.
A minor in Astronomy is an excellent complement to majors in Mathematics, Chemistry, Computer Science, or life sciences, especially for students planning on teaching at the secondary level or for elementary education students with an interest in science. The minor is also useful for Business or Economics majors who will seek employment in science-related businesses. Astronomy students also have the advantage of an on-campus observatory.
Stonehill College has made a significant investment in steadily expanding its resources, regularly purchasing the equipment necessary to re-create many of the major experiments supporting our current understanding of physics.
Students who for years in high school memorized the speed of light, the diameter of an atom or the mass of an electron have the opportunity to go into the lab and re-create the experiments that reveal such fundamentals.