The Department of Physics & Astronomy is an acknowledged national leader in physics education for developing the Workshop Physics program, an innovative activity-based method for learning introductory physics. In classes, from the most basic to the most advanced, students engage in activities and projects complemented by interactive lectures.
All upper-level students do research in a state-of-the-art building with facilities for projects in optics, nonlinear dynamics of complex systems, plasma physics, pattern formation in magnetic fluids, material science, environmental physics and astronomy.
Students interested in astronomy help run the Kanev Planetarium and conduct research on the 24-inch telescope of the college’s Michael Britton Observatory.
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"During my first semester I took Astrophysics 208 with Associate Professor of Physics & Astronomy Windsor Morgan. The other four students in the class were juniors, but they and Dr. Morgan made me feel like an equal member of the class. I was surprised to be included in the conversations, but now that I've gotten to know Dickinson, I know to expect it.”
—Gavin Frueh ’24
"I love the people in my major that I have met. They have so much passion for physics. The professors are equally passionate, and they are committed to their students. I also really like the Majors’ Room, a dedicated space for the physics majors to hang out and get work done, either collaboratively or independently."