Everything (In Theory)
Why can’t light escape a black hole? What exactly is dark matter? Why is the gravitational force so weak? In physics, we know everything is bound by the same rules and happens for a reason. It’s the “why” of every action and reaction that keeps us curious.
The College of Science physics program equips you with what we know about our universe — theories on matter, the forces, space, and time — so you can reach into the unknown and answer the question… why?
Offers an introduction to biophysics focusing on development and implementation of physical models for various biophysical processes that occur in living organisms and in living cells.
Reviews experiments demonstrating the atomic nature of matter, the properties of the electron, the nuclear atom, the wave-particle duality, spin, and the properties of elementary particles, and introduces the special theory of relativity.
Introduces research through experiments that go beyond the simple demonstration of basic physical principles found in introductory physics courses. Experiments focus on lasers, fiber-optic communication, spectroscopy, Faraday rotation, speed of light, semiconductor physics, Hall effect, fuel cells, and Fourier analysis of music and sound.
Find Your Research
From biological to theoretical particle physics, explore the variety of departmental faculty research labs.
PreMed & PreHealth
Our PreMed and PreHealth Advising program offers personalized expertise to COS students pursuing careers in health careers. This comprehensive program includes application guidance, workshops and presentations, course mapping and more.
From Theory to Practice
Northeastern Physics students value their experiences in a variety of work settings ranging from research and technical positions in corporations to research assistantships in cutting edge labs on campus or abroad. Our signature co-op experience provides a great opportunity to strengthen technical and professional skills.
Jameson O’Reilly, S’19
Physics and Math combined major Jameson O’Reilly had the opportunity of a lifetime with two of his classmates to spend his co-op at the European Organization for Nuclear Research in Geneva, Switzerland, more commonly known as CERN. While there, O’Reilly had the chance to work hands-on building and testing prototype miniature cathode strip chambers, miniCSCs. His work helped to design prototypes that would use gas mixtures that are less likely to contribute to greenhouse gases, like the current chambers do. Even after his co-op ended, O’Reilly was able to continue working for CERN on an extension of his project remotely, through an undergraduate research grant
The Stevenson group is an experimental research group working at the interface of physics, chemistry, and materials science. Our research focuses on the twin problems of developing new tools for understanding biop..
The Minds Behind COS Physics
Bansil and a team of researchers have discovered new properties in the chemical element bismuth that conduct electricity efficiently, and could prevent supercomputers from frying. Bansil, who found these properties of bismuth concealed within the quantum world, says the discovery will rock modern technology harder than the internet revolution in the 1960s.
``The Standard Model only describes a small fraction of the universe we know,``
says Orimoto. Her work within CERN's particle collider has given her the chance to study particles such as the Higgs Boson.
Vespignani is the Director of the Modeling of Biological and Socio-technical Systems Lab (MoBS Lab) at Northeastern University. Prediction is an integral component of the work Vespignani and his colleagues perform at MoBs, where the team develops innovative mathematical models and computational tools to better understand, anticipate, and control large-scale complex network systems. In 2016, Vespignani was awarded the Aspen Institute Italia Award for his work predicting the spread of the Ebola virus in Liberia in 2014.
Cellaria Inc. Partners with Researchers at Northeastern University to Advance New Photomedicine Therapies for Key Cancers