To study physics today is to be part of mind-bending discovery.
Physicists study materials that suddenly become superconductors of electricity at low temperatures, new theories to describe the order behind apparent randomness, information from the Hubble Space Telescope about black holes and the early events that formed the universe, and the search for “dark matter” in the universe, 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, a major in physics with a special astrophysics track, and a minor in astronomy. All programs require students to study fundamental topics in classical and modern physics. Students think like physicists and work in laboratories and at the telescope. 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 3-2 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. Participants in this 3-2 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.