Physics & Astronomy

Bachelor of Arts in Physics
Bachelor of Science in Physics
Bachelor of Science in Biophysics
Bachelor of Science in Physics with a Concentration in Astrophysics

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In Bucknell's nationally recognized physics & astronomy program, you'll explore the universe with professors who've discovered new planets and can measure the noise made by an atom — and who care deeply about your development. You can then investigate further through independent research, and share your discoveries at international conferences — making contributions that improve our understanding of the world around us and the cosmos beyond. Along the way, you'll learn job skills employers value. Our graduates go on to careers as scientists, researchers and medical physicists, or in broader fields including law, medicine and industrial science.


Find your path to physics & astronomy at Bucknell

Major & Minor Options

The Department of Physics & Astronomy offers four distinct bachelor's degree programs, plus a minor:

  • An eight-course bachelor of arts in physics
  • A 13-course bachelor of science in physics
  • A bachelor of science in biophysics
  • A bachelor of science in physics with a concentration in astrophysics
  • A four-course minor in physics

Astronomy is integrated within the physics curriculum — it's not a separate degree program — and is accessible to majors and non-majors alike. Physics majors may concentrate in a variety of subfields, including:

  • Electricity and magnetism
  • Quantum mechanics
  • Biophysics

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Biophysics Major

The biophysics major connects fundamental physics principles with biological processes, preparing students for careers in medical physics or research, as well as medical school.

Research Opportunities

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Tools to Explore the Universe

Our students have access to a suite of precision research equipment, including:

  • An on-campus observatory with computer controlled optical telescopes, electronic imaging capability, optical spectrographs and a radio telescope.
  • A laser laboratory for optics and atomic physics experiments.
  • A positron annihilation facility for the study of lifetimes of antimatter.

Go Beyond the Classroom

The Department of Physics & Astronomy hosts frequent events throughout the year, including our weekly Physics & Astronomy Coffee Talks series and a seminar series with Bucknell professors and guest speakers.

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The Dominguez Center for Data Science

Data Excellence

The new Dominguez Center for Data Science will launch in 2024, and with it, programming that leverages curriculum, research and the expertise of faculty from all three of Bucknell's colleges. Students can expect real-world, hands-on learning experiences that prepare them for 21st century careers and foster ethical data-driven decision-making and creative problem-solving, no matter their area of study.

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Teach STEM

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STEM majors at Bucknell can earn Pennsylvania state teaching certification in a variety of fields, including biology, chemistry, physics and math.

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