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. All physics students complete a semester-long capstone project of their own design that marries individual interests with the knowledge mastered in coursework.
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.
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.
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 such that its graduates achieve five learning goals.
- 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
Get Involved on Campus
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.
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.