Solar Eclipse Expediton

On Monday, Aug. 21, the Moon's shadow will sweep across the continental US, offering a unique opportunity to study a part of the Sun that we can't easily observe otherwise.

A team of Bucknell students and professors are planning to travel to the path of the total solar eclipse to make some scientific measurements.

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Coffee Talks

Join Bucknell students and faculty to discuss research in progress and hear presentations by local and visiting scholars.

Talks are typically Thursdays at noon in 268 Olin Science. Light refreshments are provided. 

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Physics is the fundamental science of the natural world. The study of physics and astronomy leads to a deeper appreciation and awareness of the world around us and serves as a basis for most other natural sciences and engineering.

From the quantum mechanical behavior of fundamental particles such as quarks and leptons to the workings of the cosmos as a whole, physics consists of a few general principles that explain a vast range of phenomena.

Our classes provide a solid grounding in the major areas of physics and give students experience in developing abstract theoretical models as well as experimental and computational techniques. As a Bucknell physics major, you have many opportunities, including the possibility of:

  • spending summers working with faculty on research projects
  • graduating with degrees in both physics and engineering
  • certification programs for teaching
  • studying abroad
  • traveling to professional observatories worldwide

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.

Faculty Spotlight


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Deepak Iyer

Assistant Professor

Deepak Iyer

"I believe discipline boundaries are artificial. Philosophy and neuroscience aren’t separate fields. The mind isn’t compartmentalized like that, either. Making connections across these so-called boundaries is at the root of innovation."

Learn more about Professor Iyer

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

Research

Undergraduate Research

The Department of Physics and Astronomy maintains an active summer research program for undergraduates, and students can apply for opportunities to work with faculty on research in a variety of subjects. Faculty also mentor students in the application process for summer research elsewhere in areas of their interest, including experimental facilities, national laboratories and national observatories.

Internships

Internships

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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