Department of Physics and Astronomy

The physics and astronomy department explores fundamental questions about the nature of matter and the universe and confronts challenging and exciting scientific problems.

 

Associate Professor of Physics and Astronomy Beth Parks investigates an electronic game with a physics student.
Associate Professor of Physics and Astronomy Beth Parks investigates an electronic game with a physics student.

Seek answers to fundamental questions about the nature of matter and the universe. Tackle challenging and exciting scientific problems, and learn in an atmosphere that encourages engagement and discovery.

Students explore academic interests in small classes that offer unparalleled access to distinguished faculty, top-tier facilities, and graduate-level research opportunities for undergraduates.

The department offers major and minor courses of study in:

Majors:

  • Physics
  • Astronomy-Physics
  • Astrogeophysics
  • Physical science (interdisciplinary with chemistry and mathematics)

Minors:

  • Physics
  • Astronomy

Alumni of the Colgate physics and astronomy department have gone on to pursue careers as divergent as spacecraft design and professional ice hockey.

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Department Contacts

Chair: Patrick Crotty
Administrative assistant: Diane Janney
Office: 331 Ho Science Center
Phone: 315-228-7723

It is inspiring to feel that there is always something new to learn.
Lindsey Wiley, ’20

We're Hiring!

Colgate’s Department of Physics and Astronomy is accepting applications for a tenure stream position in experimental physics at the assistant professor level, to begin in fall 2020. The job advertisement can be found here. Review of applications will begin on November 15, 2019. We have also compiled useful guidance for applicants on our We're Hiring! page. Please feel free to browse our website to learn more about the department.