As a physics major, students explore the fundamental physical principles that govern natural phenomena ranging in scale from collisions of subatomic particles, to atoms and molecules, to various condensed phases such as solids and liquids, to exploding stars and colliding galaxies.
As a biomedical physics major, students explore fundamental physical principles relevant for understanding biological phenomena on various scales as well as medical instrumentation and devices. This program takes advantage of the local Boston area medical research environment to offer a unique interdisciplinary learning experience and also offers the option of a pre-med track.
Students enrolled in the BS/PhD program will meet all of the requirements for both the physics BS degree and the physics PhD. Undergraduate course sharing and the potential of co-ops connected to PhD research will allow students to complete the PhD earlier than a graduate student who enters our program after receiving a BS degree elsewhere.
The physics department also offers an undergraduate BS applied (interdisciplinary) physics program, a combined undergraduate/graduate level applied physics and engineering BS/MS program, and several undergraduate combined majors in collaboration with other departments. The list of current combined majors includes physics and chemical engineering, physics and computer science, physics and electrical engineering, physics and environmental geology, physics and mathematics, and physics and philosophy.