Ursinus students attend the 2017 APS Conferences for Undergraduate Women in Physics (CUWiP).
Mia Truman (UC ’20) using the ZYGO microscope at the University of Central Florida in summer 2019.
Jessica Nebel-Crosson (UC ’21) and collaborators in front of the Enge split-pole spectrograph (SPS) at the Fox Superconducting Linear Accelerator Laboratory at Florida State University in summer of 2019.
Kat Swan (UC ’21), Max Liggett (UC `20), and Dr. Casey Schwarz with the GaMES (Glass and Materials science to Engage Students) Camp 2019
Brittani Schnable ’19, Quentin Altemose ’18, and Katie Raichle ’18 characterized a new material at the Pennsylvania State University.
Briana Strickland and Marty Dryfoos work in the ultracold atomic physics lab at Bryn Mawr College in 2019.
Chase Stine and L. Jarvis with GRETINA at the NSCL in June 2016
Jon Ward ’13 working at a telescope in the Andes mountains.
Pfahler Hall is home to the physics and astronomy department.
Research students attended a Nuclear Physics conference in Hawaii.
Rose Blanchard presented at a Nuclear Physics conference in Hawaii.
Jon Ward ’13 working at a research station in Chile.
Ursinus students worked on the GRETINA detector array at the National Superconducting Cyclotron Laboratory.
Rose Blanchard ’16 and Jon Kustina ’16 helped collect data at the National Superconducting Cyclotron Laboratory.
Jon Ward ’13 working high in the Andes, where conditions are ideal for the telescopes used in his research.
Matt Glowacki ’15 presenting his nuclear physics research at a national conference.
Ben Klybor (UC ’19) and Sean Gregory (UC ’17) with the Ursinus College/NSCL Liquid Hydrogen target and the GRETINA gamma-ray tracking array at the National Superconducting Cyclotron Laboratory in October 2016.
Max Liggett '20 and Lisa Skiles '19 visiting the Fox Nuclear Structure Lab at Florida State University
Frank DeVone ’16 presenting his research at a national conference.
Lisa Skiles (UC 2019) and Ethan Haldeman (UC 2018) with the Ursinus College/NSCL Liquid Hydrogen Target and the GRETINA gamma-ray tracking array at the National Superconducting Cyclotron Laboratory in October 2016
Physics & Astronomy Faculty
Sean Gregory '17 and Ethan Haldeman '18 visiting LBNL
Nick Ferrante ’12 with the Ursinus College Liquid Hydrogen Target at the National Superconducting Cyclotron Laboratory.
Bianca Gualtieri explains her research at DAMOP 2018 in Ft. Lauderdale, FL.
Veronica Sanford and Jacob Bigelow work in the ultracold atomic physics lab at Bryn Mawr College.
Mike Vennettilli, Jake Hollingsworth, Tamas Budner, and Ryan Zmiewski presenting their research at DAMOP 2015 in Madison, WI.
Mike Vennettilli explains his research at DAMOP 2015 in Madison, WI.
Jacob Bigelow, Veronica Sanford, and Jake Paul present their research at DAMOP 2016 in Columbus, OH.
Zoe Rowley, Bianca Gualtieri, and Jason Bennett answer questions about their research at DAMOP 2018 in Ft. Lauderdale, FL.
Ursinus researchers Bianca Gualtieri, Leah Jarvis, Zoe Rowley, and Jason Bennett enjoy a night out during DAMOP 2018 in Ft. Lauderdale, FL.
Ursinus physics graduates in 2016.
Ursinus physics graduates in 2017.
Physics graduates of 2017.
Ursinus Physics majors gather in 2017 to honor the retirement of long-time Physics professor Dr. Doug Nagy.
Zoe Rowley explains her research at DAMOP 2017 in Sacramento, CA.
Physicists study materials that suddenly become superconductors of electricity at low temperatures, develop new theories to describe the order behind apparent randomness, analyze data from the LIGO gravitational wave observatory to detect black-hole mergers, and use attosecond laser pulses to study and control the motion of electrons in moleclues, among countless other topics. There is a rhythm and pattern in natural phenomena that is apparent only to the trained, analytical eye. Ursinus helps students train that eye and prepare to challenge what is known in order to grasp what is unknown. Out of the adventure of discovery come remarkable new technologies—from supercomputers to micro machines; with those new technologies come new opportunities to improve our world.
Ursinus offers a major in physics, with optional applied physics and astrophysics tracks, and a minor in physics. All programs require students to study fundamental topics in classical and modern physics. Students think like physicists and work in our introductory and advanced laboratories. On Ursinus’ campus, Pfahler Hall is the home of physics and astronomy. It is a state-of-the-art facility recently renovated at a cost of over $15 million, featuring the Marsteller observatory on the top floor.
A pre-engineering program at Ursinus allows third-year students to apply to the engineering schools at Columbia University in New York City and Case Western Reserve University in Cleveland. Participants in the Pre-Engineering program can receive both a B.A. degree from Ursinus and a B.S. degree in engineering from one of our partner schools in a total of five years.
Dr. Tom Carroll discusses the connection between Liberal Arts and Physics.