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Welcome to the Department of Physics

The degree programs in the Physics Department prepare students to think deeply through questions about how the Universe works, to find and connect abstract relationships to new situations, and to be academically confident and broadly knowledgeable scientists, teachers, and lifelong learners.

What do we offer?

  • Bachelor of Science degree in Physics, including possible concentrations in
    • Computational Physics,
    • Astrophysics,
    • Mathematical Physics
  • Bachelor of Science degree in Engineering-Physics,
    • jointly offered with Pacific's School of Engineering and Computer Science.
      Pacific is one of only 21 schools in the U.S. with an accredited Bachelor's degree in Engineering-Physics.
  • Bachelor of Arts degree in Physics tailored to prepare K-12 STEM field teachers.

What will you find here?

  • Engaged Students---We have an engaged community of students following their curiosity and learning about the fundamental workings of the Universe, from entangled photons to supernovae in distant galaxies.
  • Expert Faculty-Our faculty members are exceptional teachers and recognized research leaders in their fields of study.
  • Undergraduate Research Opportunities-Because of our small size we can work closely with our undergraduate students and give them opportunities to participate in research.
  • Advanced Equipment-Grants through the National Science Foundation and other sources have enabled the Physics department to acquire highly sophisticated instrumentation that supports hands-on learning.


On October 23, we were treated to a special celestial view--not only a stunning partial solar eclipse, but also an enormous sunspot near the center of the Sun. Senior Physics major Jason Pollock was ready with his camera and a neutral density filter to capture the event. There were some thin hazy clouds passing by but Jason was able to get a stunning photo of both the moon passing between the Earth and Sun, as well as the giant sunspot, which is about 10 times the diameter of the Earth. Sunspot are cooler regions on the "surface" of the Sun, caused by intense magnetic fields protruding there. Nicely done, Jason! 

Partial Solar Eclipse 23 Oct 2014 (photo: Jason Pollock) Pacific Physics major Jason Pollock

Partial Solar Eclipse , Oct 23, 2014 (photo: Jason Pollock)

"Even logic must give way to physics."    -Spock of Vulcan

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