Average number of majors per class year


Options for students in studying physics

  • B.S. - program in physics
  • B.A. - students who enjoy studying physics with flexibility in their schedules
  • Engineering program allows for a 5-year engineering/liberal arts double major
  • Physics minor of 4 courses - different major



From the study of sub-atomic particles to sustainable vehicles, physics at Bucknell offers students a peek into the beginning of the universe and the machinery of everyday life

Embrace cosmology and consciousness, matter and mind, the infinitesimal and the infinite. Study the known and unknown universe.

Our classes in physics and astronomy run the gamut from classical to theoretical physics, giving students a solid grounding while allowing them to have their head in the stars. Bucknell also offers a competitive summer program, Research Experiences for Undergraduates, funded by the National Science Foundation. 

Did You Know?

The astronomy program is integrated into the physics curriculum and is designed to be accessible to majors and non-majors alike.

Studying physics helps you develop problem-solving skills, laboratory techniques, writing and speaking skills and an appreciation of modern technology.

A substantial number of on-campus laboratory facilities for teaching and research, as well as active links to major international research facilities

Bucknell's physics majors participate in nearly all of the faculty's research activities.

Get to Know Us

JiaJia Dong

Assistant Professor

JiaJia Dong

With physics, what you are learning is the methodology of thinking, the logic of thinking, the expertise of pooling different resources together to solve a problem put in front of you.

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Tom Solomon


Tom Solomon

Undergraduate students play an important role in every aspect of our research program, which has received awards from the National Science Foundation and Research Corporation and is considered among the world's leading in our field.

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Hands-on Experience

Outside the Classroom

Study Abroad

Physics majors can spend a summer, semester or year abroad through one of the University's own Bucknell "in" programs or through one of many approved programs across the globe. Recently, physics students have studied in:

  • Australia
  • London
  • Scotland
  • Spain


Undergraduate Research

Department of Physics and Astronomy maintains a summer research program site funded by the National Science Foundation through its Research Experiences for Undergraduates (REU) program. Students from all over the country can apply for opportunities to work with faculty on a variety of research projects.



Recently, physics majors have interned at the following organizations:

  • University of Delaware physics department
  • CERN (European Organization for Nuclear Research), Geneva
  • Carnegie Institution for Science, Washington, D.C.
  • National Institute for Standards and Technology (NIST), Boulder, CO
  • UC San Diego
  • Paranal Observatory, Chile
  • University of Pennsylvania

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