In the Department of Physics and Astronomy at Hofstra University, in Long Island, New York students begin by exploring the foundation of physics, the role of hypotheses, measurement and analysis, and the development of scientific theory before moving on to courses in modern physics, mechanics, optics, electricity and magnetism, quantum mechanics and thermodynamics. Laboratory courses, a wide variety of electives, and faculty-guided research internships prepare students for exciting careers or advanced graduate study.
Highlights of Hofstra's Physics and Astronomy program include:
- Three degree options including a B.A. in Physics (for those seeking a career in physics education or other fields); a B.S. in Physics (for careers requiring graduate study), and a B.S. in Applied Physics, which includes an added concentration on biochemistry, computer science or engineering
- An award-winning, international faculty of scholars who expertise include early-universe cosmology, laser spectroscopy, and most recently, headline-making research on supernova remnants that uses data from NASA's Hubble Space Telescope.
- Undergraduate opportunities to participate in research at our Center for Condensed Matter Research, a national leader in practical applications of physics in areas such as photocells, advanced computers, physics of the heart and networks including ecosystems.
- Hands-on learning through research and events at the Hofstra Observatory, which is supported by a grant from the National Science Foundation and features Celestron telescopes and computerized CCD cameras.