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
- 4 years
- Main campus
- Computer Science
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Build your résumé and explore diverse career possibilities through exciting internships, hands-on learning opportunities, and research projects with faculty members.
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.
Discover the fascinating world of atomic and nuclear physics. This course covers topics such as: relativity; atomic models of Thomson, Rutherford, and Bohr; black-body radiation; quantum theory; matter waves and wave mechanics; and properties of the nucleus and nuclear reactions.
In this two-course sequence, students explore concepts like force systems, equilibrium conditions, simple structures, distributed forces, kinematics of particles, velocity, and acceleration. Investigate Newton’s Laws of motion, momentum, kinetic energy, potential energy, central force fields, vibrations, and much more.
What is electromagnetic theory? This course covers it all, from static electric fields, to Coulomb’s Law, Gauss’ Law, electric current and resistance, Maxwell’s equations in integral form, and electromagnetic waves.
What Success Looks Like
A degree in physics will prepare you for advanced study in premier graduate programs and exciting careers in these fields, and many more:
- Astronomy & Astrophysics
- Mechanical, Electrical, & Civil Engineering
- Materials, Space, & Computer Engineering
- Materials Science
- Atmospheric Science
- Earth Science
- Computer & Data Science