Uncover the nature of the universe and gain technical skills for the 21st century.
Uncover the “nature of things” with a Physics major or minor. Perfect for curious tinkerers, Physics explores the fundamental laws and structure of the universe, the nature of matter and energy, the forces by which objects interact, and the behavior of objects at all scales, from the smallest subatomic particles to the entire observable universe. Physics principles and problem-solving skills lay the foundation for technological innovation and the generation of new knowledge.
The Physics Department also offers an engineering dual-degree program. This program combines the enhanced communication skills and creativity of a liberal arts education with the focused rigor of a highly regarded engineering program.
The Cross-Disciplinary Science Institute at Gettysburg College (X-SIG) was established to help our community of students be research ready, research active, and research connected.
Advanced laboratory course giving students the opportunity to explore in a laboratory setting many of the peculiar, interesting, and important aspects of quantum physics. In addition to a suite of experiments exploring the statistical nature of quantum particles (single photons) and their counter-intuitive correlations using state-of-the art optics equipment, students will use a variety of experimental equipment to explore other quantum systems and effects, such as Bragg Scattering in crystals, positron annihilation, and alpha-, beta-, gamma-spectroscopy. The course emphasizes experimental design, error analysis, and writing through formal reports. Prerequisites: Physics 310. Six laboratory hours.
PHY-358X-Lab: Salty and Fatty
Combined upper-level chemistry and physics lab designed to emphasize the use of tools in these disciplines to answer questions in biology. This course concentrates on the role of lipids (fats) and ions (salt) in biology. Utilizing multiple biochemical and biophysical techniques, students will perform multiple experiments to ultimately answer a complex biological problem.
An introduction to classical electromagnetic theory and applications: electrostatic fields, currents, magnetic fields, magnetic induction, and Maxwell's equations. Other topics include electric circuits, waves, light as a propagating electromagnetic disturbance, and radiating charge. Prerequisites: Physics 112 and Mathematics 112, which may be taken concurrently; or permission of instructor. Three class hours and six laboratory hours.
Research that Matters
Physics major Maria Mazza '18 knew she wanted to study physics upon her arrival to Gettysburg from Milan, Italy. Hear more about her research with Prof. Sharon Stephenson which she began in her first year on campus.