Department of Physics & Astronomy
The Physics and Astronomy program covers topics that range from the history of physics and astronomy, to the foundations of quantum physics and relativity, to the search for planets around other stars and for life in the cosmos.
The Department of Physics and Astronomy offers a B.S. in Physics, with an optional track in Astronomy. Our department also offers a B.A. in Physics and minors in both Physics and Astronomy. The B.A. in Physics can also be awarded as part of our Engineering 3+2 Program with partnering institutions such as the University of Notre Dame.
Requirements & Course Offerings
We currently offer 6 courses for the Cornerstone Program, covering topics that range from the history of physics and astronomy, to the foundations of quantum physics and relativity, to the search for planets around other stars and for life in the cosmos. Another important mission of the Department of Physics and Astronomy is the dissemination of science to students who major in other disciplines.
This year, the College welcomes ten new full-time faculty and one faculty fellow.
In his popular Science Musings Blog, Professor Emeritus of Physics and renowned science writer Chet Raymo recently wrote about Catholic religious inquiry and John Haught's book "What Is God?" which he believes is a good place for students to begin with in their exploration of "the God question."
When the remains of the Renaissance astronomer Nicholas Copernicus were re-interred at Frombork Cathedral in northern Poland, Stonehill Professor Andre Goddu was one of only two Americans invited to take part in the event.