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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:
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.
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 and Spain.
We maintain 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 observatories.
Recently, physics majors have interned at the following organizations:
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