Majors, Minors, & Certificates

Astronomy

​This minor aims to provide students with an introduction to modern astronomy. Students in this program explore the science of space beyond Earth’s atmosphere, starting with the origin of the Universe. This provides them with a diverse scientific background as they prepare for future work in the sciences and beyond.

Physics and Astronomy

The Physics and Astronomy Department at Siena College is a friendly, close-knit department where students are welcomed as peers. We offer degrees in physics and computational science, as well as minors in astronomy and astrophysics. Our accomplished faculty and well-funded research programs make Siena a dynamic and rewarding place to study physics and astronomy.

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Career Opportunities

Physics Professors teach courses pertaining to the laws of matter and energy. Includes both teachers primarily engaged in teaching and those who do a combination of teaching and research.

Job titles include: Professor, Physics Professor, Physics Instructor, Instructor, Professor of Physics, Math and Physics Instructor, Assistant Professor, Assistant Professor of Physics, Associate Professor, Physical Science Professor

Wages:

The median annual wage was $78,540 in 2012.

GROWTH FORECAST:

Employment is projected to grow 8-14% from 2012 to 2022.

Astronomers observe, research, and interpret astronomical phenomena to increase basic knowledge or apply such information to practical problems.

Job titles include: Professor, Astronomer, Astronomy Professor, Research Scientist, Associate Professor, Physics and Astronomy Professor, Scientist, Assistant Professor, Astrophysicist, Lunar and Planetary Institute Director

Wages:

The median annual wage was $96,460 in 2012.

GROWTH FORECAST:

Employment is projected to experience 8-14% growth from 2012 to 2022.

Physicists conduct research into physical phenomena, develop theories on the basis of observation and experiments, and devise methods to apply physical laws and theories.

Job titles include: Health Physicist, Scientist, Research Scientist, Physicist, Research Consultant, Research Physicist, Biophysics Scientist

Wages:

The median annual wage was $106,840 in 2012.

GROWTH FORECAST:

Employment is projected to experience 8-14% growth from 2012 to 2022.