Physics & Astronomy

Stonehill’s Physics & Astronomy Department brings together professors with a broad array of expertise, from astrophysicists and experts in quantum mechanics to optical physicists and science historians.

Together, our 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.

“It’s one thing to look at photos from the Hubble telescope — and they are spectacular — but it’s another thing to stand in the cold at the eyepiece of a telescope and see some of these same things firsthand.”
Professor Michael A. Horne, Department Chair

Bring Science to Life

Stonehill 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.

Physics Program

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.

Astronomy Program

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.