Division of Science and Mathematics

Physics is the study of the structure, properties, and interactions of matter and energy. Research breakthroughs in physics are behind nearly all of the technological devices, appliances, and communication networks we enjoy today. Whether you are interested in high-tech engineering applications of physics, you enjoy the beauty and unity of fundamental physical laws, or you have simply enjoyed a previous physics course, consider meeting your interests and career goals with a major or minor in physics.

A student majoring in physics at Centre encounters all of the central subfields in physics: mechanics, electricity and magnetism, thermal physics, optics, modern and quantum physics, and electronics. Recent innovative changes to the major curriculum place a special emphasis on developing experimental, computational, and communication skills. Many majors deepen these skills by participating in collaborative research with a faculty member.

A physics major or minor is often combined with a major in mathematics or another science, and a physics major can also form part of a dual-degree engineering path. The broad skill set of a physicist and the flexibility of the major make a physics degree a strong foundation for careers in academic science, engineering, industry, medicine, and other professional fields.


James Kelly (chair), Philip Lockett, Jason Neiser, Bruce Rodenborn

Student Representative

Charlotte Mabbs, Isaac Vock

Physics Courses

Course Descriptions