Physics & Astronomy Department

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.


Growing Physics Program Offers an Expanding Universe of Possibilities

New majors and growing opportunities in the fields of energy, industry and education are propelling our Physics & Astronomy Department to greater heights.

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Stonehill's Affiliation with the University of Notre Dame Gives Students Two Degrees in Five Years and a Valuable Advantage

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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.

Campus Resources Bring Science to Life

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.

“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


The Department of Physics & Astronomy offers five degrees:

Astronomy, B.S

The Astronomy B.S. is designed for students interested in a graduate school degree in astronomy, and those seeking immediate employment in a field requiring an advanced knowledge of applied math, physics and quantitative problem-solving.

Astronomy, B.A.

The Astronomy B.A. is of interest to students who wish either to pursue an interdisciplinary field or teach at a primary school or secondary school.

Earth & Planetary Sciences, B.S.

The Earth & Planetary Sciences program is meant to serve students with a strong interest in math, physics, chemistry and computational methods applied to planetary sciences, who wish to pursue technical careers (e.g. traditional/alternative energy industries) or graduate studies at research universities with strong earth and planetary science programs.

Photonics, B.A.

Stonehill is one of the few colleges in the country to offer an undergraduate photonics major. Students in the program will be well-positioned to enter graduate school in a number of areas, including physics, electrical engineering, biomedical optics and medicine.

Physics, B.S.

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.

Physics, B.A.

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. is primarily awarded as part of our Engineering 3+2 Program in partnership with the University of Notre Dame.


The Department of Physics & Astronomy also offers three minors:

  • Astronomy minor
  • Photonics minor
  • Physics minor

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