Applied Physics (Pre-Engineering)

Siena recently introduced an Applied Physics majors (example schedules).  The major offers a mechanical and electrical track.  Applied physics combines the rigorous fundamentals of a physics major with the practical problem solving power of engineering.  Students are prepared to work at the interface of science and engineering, and this interface is where the development of new technologies begins.  Although this major can be an end in itself since students can go directly into the workforce, it also provides a smooth transition for students who want a degree in engineering.


Siena's physics program prepares students for a broad range of technical careers and its grads have many options. About one third pursue graduate work in physics, engineering, astronomy, and business. Grad schools include: Boston University, Dartmouth College, Duke, MIT, University of Washington and University of Maryland. A few become high school teachers, and the rest find employment in the technical workforce with job titles like: data science engineer, lab supervisor, test engineer, safety manager, production manager and research scientist.

Engineering Options

Siena’s engineering programs give students an advantage because they attain the benefits of a liberal arts education with focused studies in engineering. Students learn to think critically, communicate effectively and develop a comprehensive grasp of the principles and techniques of engineering.  
We have several cooperative and partner programs with engineering schools.


Offered at only a handful of colleges in the U.S., computational physics is a modern interdisciplinary field that focuses on solving scientific problems computationally. 

ASTRONOMY and Astrophysics Minor

​​What is the origin of the universe? What lies beyond the Earth’s atmosphere? Explore the science of space with this introduction to modern astronomy.