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Department of Physics and Astronomy

Hydrogen Storage
Hydrogen Storage
With a passion for chemistry, Linh Le ’18 is helping develop a safer way to transport hydrogen for energy. LEARN MORE about Le's research
Planetary Scientist
Planetary Scientist
Jennifer Heldmann '98, planetary scientist at NASA and Colgate astrogeophysics alumna, has pursued her passion for space since childhood. FULL ARTICLE: Space Camp Hall of Fame inducts Jennifer Heldmann '98
Published in <em>Nature</em>
Published in Nature
Professor Bary is among a group of international astronomers published in Nature magazine. READ MORE: Bary published in Nature (Photo courtesy of L. Calcada from EDO)
Academics in Physics and Astronomy
Academics in Physics and Astronomy
Our course offerings will challenge your knowledge and assumptions and engage your desire to learn.  READ MORE about academics in Physics and Astronomy
Interdisciplinary Research
Interdisciplinary Research
Professor Levine and collaborators are working on a project titled “Laser-atom interactions in a mass spectrometer for dating Martian rocks.” LEARN MORE about interdisciplinary research
Physics and Astronomy Faculty
Physics and Astronomy Faculty
Compelling instruction and field-leading research. Meet our physics and astronomy faculty.
Join us as we explore fundamental questions about the nature of matter and the universe and confront challenging and exciting scientific problems. 

About Physics and Astronomy

We place great emphasis on maintaining a department atmosphere that invites the active engagement of students like you. Our small classes and ability to create one-on-one working and researching relationships with students succeed in achieving just such an atmosphere.

The average class size in our department is around 15, and we graduate an average of 25 majors per year. These small numbers allow individualized development and direct access to our faculty members, but without sacrificing access to world-class research opportunities or facilities.

Physics or astronomy majors are a diverse group, and the flexibility of the majors allows them to pursue their varied academic interests. In addition to the information in the course catalogue, there is a wealth of information and advice regarding how to tailor your schedule to your particular interests.

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Professor Jeff Bary

Studying in the Department of Physics and Astronomy

 We offer the ability to major in the following subjects:
We offer minor courses of study in the following subjects:
We work with the departments of chemistry and mathematics to offer an interdisciplinary major in:
We also administer a 3-2 pre-engineering professionals program with several affiliated engineering schools.

Upcoming Seminars in Physics and Astronomy

Department Contacts

Chair: Patrick Crotty
Administrative Assistant: Diane Janney (
Office: 331 Ho Science Center
Phone: 315-228-7723
Dept. Fax: 315-228-6020