Degree Type
A.B., Sc.B.
Department website

Mathematics is used to describe fundamental physical principles, the behavior of matter, and the interactions of matter and energy. As the most fundamental of sciences, physics provides a foundation for other scientific fields as well as the underpinnings of modern technology. The Physics department is unique because of the breadth of its faculty expertise and research, and the relatively intimate size of its classes above the introductory level. Physics concentrators may choose to pursue either the A.B. or the more intensive Sc.B. degree. Course work on either path covers a broad base of topics (for example, electricity and magnetism, classical and quantum mechanics, thermodynamics, and statistical mechanics). The Sc.B. degree requires additional advanced topics as well as a senior thesis project.

Student Goals

Students in this concentration will:

  • Understand the key laws and applications of physics
  • Develop their capacities in critical quantitative reasoning
  • Grasp the role of experiment and theory in the intellectual development of physics
  • Develop effective communication skills
  • Learn to formulate a scientific question in a theoretical or laboratory research project


  • Astrophysics - Sc.B. only
  • Biological Physics - Sc.B. only
  • Mathematical Physics

Graduating Class

Class Year Total Students Capstone Graduates Honors Graduates
2014 23  16  10 
2015 24  14  12 
2016 21    14 
2017 19    10 
2018 25    18 

Alumni Pathways

Alumni who have completed the concentration in Physics have gone on to work in academia, private industry, and government. They have pursued careers as patent attorneys, engineers, research physicists, medical physicists, marine ecologists, and management consultants.

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Advisor: Ian Dell'Antonio