Physics is the foundation of all physical science, the study of the fundamental principles by which nature operates. Physics students at Le Moyne enjoy close working relationships with their classmates and with the physics faculty in a course of study that includes in-depth exploration of the physics of electromagnetic fields, analytical mechanics, electronics, computational techniques, relativity, and quantum mechanics. Laboratory courses introduce students to experimental technique and advanced laboratory electronics and equipment while investigating in-depth the physics of classical and quantum systems. Even non-lab courses frequently incorporate hands-on elements so that students develop a solid understanding of the connection between the physical world and the theory studied in classes. (The Department enjoys newly renovated laboratories and classrooms, and its own machine shop.) All physics B.S. students complete a semester-long capstone project of their own design that marries individual interests with the knowledge mastered in coursework.
Physics students have the opportunity to work with faculty members on their research. (Faculty research interests include nuclear and particle physics, particle detector technologies, plasma physics, quantum mechanics, cosmology, general relativity, quantum gravity, planetary astronomy, and electrical engineering.) Le Moyne physics faculty collaborate with physicists across the world, and Le Moyne is a member of the PROSPECT neutrino detector collaboration. Students conducting research have the opportunity to present their research at regional and national physics conferences – and have won awards for their work! – and even publish their work with faculty members.
Le Moyne also has staff dedicated to placing interested physics and engineering students in internships and off-campus research experiences. The Syracuse area enjoys a high density of high-tech employers, creating many opportunities for exciting internships. In fact, many Le Moyne students are now employed by the companies they interned with as undergraduates.
With a strong liberal-arts background, a Le Moyne educated physics graduate is just as prepared to enter graduate school to become a working physicist as to begin medical or law school, or to embark on careers in science or technical writing, teaching, finance, or engineering. (For more on that, see below.)
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The department also partners with the College of Engineering and Computer Science at Syracuse University to offer a range of dual-degree Bachelor's + Master's tracks in engineering.
Visit our Engineering page for more information.
What Can I Do with a Degree in Physics?
You might be a little surprised by the sheer range of career options a physics degree opens up for you! Sure, when you study physics you learn a lot about how the physical world works. But you'll also learn major computer skills and master powerful mathematical tools, get hands on experience with sophisticated electronics, and build working laboratory skills.
The knowledge and skills you will gain are powerful and useful, but that's not even the heart of it. At the core of an education in physics are the analytical skills you will learn and master – the ability to tackle complex problems, break them down, analyze the pieces, and synthesize a solution. In short, physicists are master problem solvers. That's a suite of skills that will lead to success in almost any career, and ones recognized and highly valued by employers of all kinds.
Do you want to be the next Brian Greene, Neal deGrasse Tyson or Stephen Hawking? Sure, you can do that, and we can help prepare you. But there's so much more you can do! You can be an engineer, a teacher, or a financial analyst. You can go into medical physics, green energy, or big data. We have graduates working in materials research, technical sales, teaching nuclear engineering, installing airport radar systems, software, finance – the list goes on. And it doesn't hurt that students graduating with physics bachelors degrees are among the best paid of all college graduates
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Physics Courses and Requirements
Detailed program guides for all physics degree tracks can be found here.
If you would like to learn more about courses, requirements, and opportunities for the Physics major, please see the Le Moyne College catalog.
Learning Goals for Physics
The Physics program is designed around achievement of five learning goals for its graduates:
- Conversance with fundamental bodies of physical knowledge
- Development of analytical and mathematical skills
- Development of fundamental laboratory skills
- Cultivation of scientific communication skills and ethical scientific conduct
- Development of research skills
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The Physics Club
The Physics Club provides students avenues to gain exposure to physics alongside students with similar interests. The Club co-sponsors an annual trip with the Engineering Club every Spring, visiting such places as the Johnson Space Center in Texas, the Kennedy Space Center in Florida, and even the Large Hadron Collider at CERN in Geneva, Switzerland. The club volunteers to help nearby STEM programs, such as the MOST Museum's K-12 Bridge Building Competition each November.
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The Engineering Club
The Engineering Club is designed to bring students together who have an interest in the Engineering field. We strive to promote interest in Engineering, build student relationships, and make Le Moyne’s growing Engineering program more visible to the outside world. As a club we take part in multiple service events, tours of local engineering companies, and co-sponsor with the Physics Club a club trip each year to major science and engineering-related attractions.
The Maker Zone
The Le Moyne Maker Zone is a student run STEAM community that focuses on emerging tech, leadership, & entrepreneurship geared towards creating more well-rounded & experienced graduates. They work together to learn, go on trips, and make cool stuff!
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