American Physical Society (APS) has recognized the Department of Physics & Astronomy at Colgate with 2022 Improving Undergraduate Physics Education Award.
The physics and astronomy department explores fundamental questions about the nature of matter and the universe and confronts challenging and exciting scientific problems.
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:
- Physical science (interdisciplinary with chemistry and mathematics)
Chair: Enrique Galvez
Administrative assistant: Shelby King
Office: 331 Ho Science Center
Physics & Astronomy Virtual Tour
Learn more about the department's facilities including our research labs and the Ho Tung Visualization Lab.
It is inspiring to feel that there is always something new to learn.Lindsey Wiley ’20
Below is a list of some of the many graduate schools and graduate programs that our graduates have joined recently. Significant numbers of our graduates have also directly gone on to take jobs ranging from teaching and spacecraft design to playing professional ice hockey.
- Columbia University
- Harvard University
- Northeastern University
- Stanford University
- Tufts University
- University of Massachusetts Amherst
- University of Rochester
- Washington University in St. Louis
- Cornell University
- Princeton University
- Syracuse University
- University of Pennsylvania
- University of Michigan Ann Arbor
- University of Texas at Austin
- Yale University
Graduate Programs: Physics, Astronomy, Materials Science & Engineering, Mechanical Engineering, Electrical Engineering, Planetary Science, Aerospace Engineering, Biomedical Engineering.
Job titles: Teacher, Research Assistant/Associate, Project Manager, Technology/Product Consultant, Software Engineer, Operations Analyst, Investment Banking Analyst, Data Analyst.
Guidance for Faculty and Staff Applicants
Review useful guidance for applicants. Please feel free to browse our website to learn more about the department.