Physics Overview

Physics students at Franklin & Marshall receive excellent classroom training and have numerous opportunities for close collaboration with faculty members on research projects. Students enjoy individualized instruction, well-equipped labs, a collegial atmosphere, and the chance to participate in projects on campus and at off-campus research labs.

Our department's research interests are in the areas of condensed matter physics, spectroscopy of materials involving rare earth impurities, optical properties of microspheres , and theoretical investigations into topics in quantum mechanics, particle physics, and cosmology.

Physics students from F&M have gained admission into top graduate programs in physics and related fields, have found employment with a wide range of companies and research labs, and have entered the teaching, finance, or medical professions.

We have well-equipped labs for introductory and advanced course work, a Beowulf computer cluster for high-performance computing, and a number of specialized student-faculty research labs. Our comfortable majors lounge is available for collaborative work, individual study, conversation, and relaxation.

For more info see the Physics and Astronomy web page.

Learning Goals for the Physics and Astrophysics Major