In the Department of Physics and Astronomy at Hofstra University, students begin by exploring the foundation of physics before moving on to courses in modern physics, mechanics, optics, electricity and magnetism, quantum mechanics, and thermodynamics. Beginning in sophomore or junior years, about half of our majors elect to participate in research programs or advanced projects within our department continuously until graduation. The department presently has eight full-time faculty members and 25-30 physics majors.

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Mission Statement

The Department of Physics and Astronomy seeks to prepare students for the future as professionals and citizens. In addition, the department seeks to advance the frontiers of knowledge in physics and astronomy, and to serve the community through education, outreach, and research.

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Goals and Learning Objectives

Learn about the goals and learning objectives of the Department of Physics and Astronomy.

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Meet the faculty of the Department of Physics and Astronomy.

Faculty Research Areas

Examples of faculty research interests:

  • Early-universe cosmology (Bochner)
  • High-energy physics and string theory (Burrington)
  • Superconductors, semiconductors, and topological insulators (Durst)
  • Biophysics (Johnson)
  • Massive star formation and supernova remnants (Lacey)
  • Nova and supernova remnants, light echoes, DEI in STEM (Lawrence)
  • Quantum information and dissipative quantum systems (Levine)
  • Low-temperature experiment: topological and ferromagnetic superconductors (Smylie)