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What is our place in the universe? How does the universe work? From the smallest subatomic particles to the entire universe, physics explores how and why the universe works. It is the basic science of matter, motion, and energy that underlies all the natural sciences. Broadly, physics involves the study of everything in physical existence. Through advanced mathematics and experimentation, we can formulate scientific laws that can solve complex problems, predict probabilities and possibilities, and lead us to extraordinary insights, from the smallest nanoscale interactions of matter to galaxies light years away.

Unlock the secrets of the universe in the physics program at St. Thomas Aquinas College where you’ll learn to use sophisticated computational methods and laboratory techniques. Challenge your intellect and build a specialized skill set within the context of an education deeply rooted in the liberal arts and sciences. Our faculty of world class scientists will set you up for success in a graduate program of choice and for a rewarding career in a multitude of fields including and beyond academic scholarship and research.

At a glance

  • Undergraduate major
  • BA
  • 4 years
  • Main campus

Common Minors

  • Mathematics
  • Chemistry
  • Computer Science

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Career Preparation & Mentoring

Small classes make a big difference to students at St. Thomas Aquinas College. Develop strong relationships with faculty-mentors throughout your college years and beyond. Our faculty of esteemed scientists will get to know you personally, guide you in customizing your program of study to match your unique interests, and challenge you to achieve your full potential.

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What Success Looks Like

“I am fascinated and want to understand the universe at the most fundamental levels and on the grandest of scales. I think of physics / astrophysics as a lifelong journey to try and understand as much about the universe as possible. If we learn about one aspect, there are still more and more mysteries to discover and explore.”
Heather Rave
Heather Rave, ’98 | ‘Ed. D.
Associate Professor of Physics
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Career Options

A degree in physics will prepare you for advanced study in premier graduate programs and exciting careers in these fields, and many more:

  • Research
  • Education
  • Astronomy & Astrophysics
  • Mechanical, Electrical, & Civil Engineering
  • Materials, Space, & Computer Engineering
  • Biophysics
  • Materials Science
  • Optics
  • Atmospheric Science
  • Earth Science
  • Chemistry
  • Computer & Data Science
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Program options

The BA in Physics provides students with the opportunity to shape analytical and problem-solving capabilities, along with developing expert mathematical skills, into an exciting career of discovery and lifelong learning.

A minor in physics complements many majors, including the natural sciences, computer sciences, and any field of study in which superior problem-solving and mathematical skills are key to your success.