Majors, Minors, & Certificates


​Students with a strong interest in science and mathematics will be interested in exploring Siena’s astrophysics minor. In the program, students blend together the laws of physics and chemistry to explain the life cycles of stars and other celestial bodies. These students gain a solid grounding for continued education in the sciences.

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.


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


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


Employment is projected to grow 8-14% 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


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


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