Physics major irresistibly drawn to black hole research

Undergraduate research opportunity advanced knowledge on how supermassive black holes form and grow.

Campus Resources Bring Science to Life 

Stonehill’s Physics & Astronomy Department brings together professors with a broad array of expertise, from black hole and planetary astrophysicists to cosmologists and experts in quantum mechanics and optical physics.

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. 

The department offers six degrees:  

  • Physics (B.S. and B.A.) 
  • Astronomy (B.S. and B.A.) 
  • Earth & Planetary Sciences (B.S.), an interdisciplinary degree 
  • Photonics (B.A.)

The Department also offers three minors: 

  • Astronomy minor 
  • Photonics minor 
  • Physics minor 

Recent Accolades

Organizations involved in assessing U.S. colleges and universities continually cite Stonehill as being among the best in the nation when it comes to value, outcomes and a commitment to making the world a better place. See full list of accolades.

Programs of Study

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. 

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. 

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. 

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. 

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

Where Our Graduates Work

Our physics and astronomy graduates have gone on to work at a number of notable organizations. Continue exploring where our graduates work

Thanks to the amazing preparation the faculty has given me, I [took] part in an internship at NASA Goddard Space Flight Center, [making] models of exoplanet spectra and determining if the new James Webb Space Telescope would be able to detect such planets.

Outside Partnerships & Special Programs

Stonehill College has developed academic affiliations with colleges and universities that enable our students to augment the degree they earn at Stonehill with graduate and undergraduate degrees that further enhance their opportunities.

Save Money: Earn Two Degrees in as Little as Four Years

The Skyhawk Accelerated Dual Degree allows Stonehill students to earn a bachelor's degree and master's degree from Stonehill College in as little as four years. Eligible students receive early and expedited admission to their graduate program of interest and can begin working toward a master's degree in education, data analytics or marketing. Stonehill students also receive 20% off for remaining graduate tuition through the Skyhawk Rate.

Contact Information

Alessandro Massarotti

Associate Professor of Physics, Physics & Astronomy Department Chair, Earth & Planetary Sciences Program Director