As a physics major, get ready to jump into exciting research programs led by expert faculty in astronomy, physics, engineering, and science education—many of which are funded by the National Science Foundation and NASA. You'll even have travel opportunities to places like  like Puerto Rico, China, Switzerland and Greenland. 

Not only will you gain an understanding of the laws of physics and their relevance to the world we live in, you'll develop marketable skills like an ability to design experiments, how to best analyze and present data, critical thinking and investigational curiosity. 

Programs offered include:

  • B.S. in Physics
  • B.S. in Physics (3/2 engineering)
  • B.S. in Physics (computational physics track)
  • B.S. in Physics (biological chemical sciences track)
  • B.S. in Physics (education certificate)
  • Minor in Physics
  • Minor in Astronomy
  • Minor in Astrophysics

Siena named a top college for women in physics

Siena was recently recognized by the American Institute of Physics as one of only 21 school in the country to graduate 40% women in physics.  For comparison, the national averages is 20%.

Research Opportunities

Our faculty have active research grants from the National Science Foundation, NASA, and Department of Energy. Saints study anywhere from right on Siena's campus to Genève, Switzerland, and the Canary Islands, Spain.

What's Next?

Looking to continue on to pursue graduate school? Want to work at a technical company? Or looking to teach? We've got you covered!

FRANK CHIETRO ’17

Current Job: DISNEY/PIXAR, Associate Systems Engineer 
“A lot of the work I did heavily involved critical thinking, and Siena, especially in the physics department, gives you that experience. Siena teaches you to troubleshoot and allows you to figure out the best solution. One of the reasons why Disney hired me was because they saw I studied physics, and they saw I went to Siena.” 

Excited about Engineering?

Siena offers a five-year, cooperative, dual-degree engineering option with several engineering schools. Students start their education at Siena, pursuing a degree in the physical sciences, before transferring to an Engineering curriculum at one of our partner schools. These programs give students the advantages of a liberal arts education with additional focused studies in engineering. Saints learn to think critically, communicate effectively and develop a comprehensive grasp of the principles, and techniques of engineering.

John Moustakas

Department Chair, Associate Professor of Physics

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