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Take Matter Into Your Own Hands

Physics Major

From the unimaginably small world of atomic particles to the fantastically vast realm of galaxy clusters, the pursuit of physics is to understand and explain how nature works. Physicists observe nature and try to understand the phenomena around them. Take matter into your own hands and pursue your bachelor’s degree at Salisbury University.

Why Choose Physics at SU?

In our program, students gain an understanding of the broad range of principles in physics. We want to have our majors complete the physics curriculum with an appreciation of physics as a unified field of study rather than a collection of unrelated courses.

At SU, studying in the classroom is not the only experience available. We provide undergraduate research opportunities, allowing the student to apply the techniques that an active environment promotes. With close faculty mentoring during the research experience, the students gain skills necessary to organize and communicate scientific results and become successful science professionals. Our physics majors become involved in scientific research related to current topics in the scientific community. Students have conducted research on a variety of topics including:

  • Extragalactic elemental abundances
  • Stellar evolution and supernovae
  • Robotics building and design
  • Alternative energies such as wind and solar
  • Computational surface physics
  • Biomedical physics
  • Quantum mechanics
  • Remote sensing
  • High-altitude balloon electronics
  • Physics Education

At SU, you will find your perfect fit. The Physics Department is relatively small, allowing students more one-on-one time with instructors. We support an environment that encourages student involvement, faculty-student interaction and close student-student collaboration with a central idea that physics courses should include hands-on activities integrated with discussions and lecture. In such integrated courses, the traditional notions of lecture, laboratory, computer simulation and other classroom activities are fully blended.


The Physics Department offers a multitrack program of study, giving students the flexibility to pursue a challenging curriculum of inspiring courses best suited to their individual dreams and chosen career.


Physics is the basis of many other sciences, including chemistry, oceanography, seismology, astronomy, biology or medical science. All are accessible with a bachelor’s degree in physics. Physics majors at SU are given the education and experience to direct them toward many prestigious positions, such as:

  • Agronomist
  • Airplane Pilot/Navigator
  • Astronomer
  • Astrophysicist
  • Engineer
  • Laboratory Tester
  • Physical Scientist
  • Science Technician
  • Physics Teacher
Meet Alex – Physics Major

Meet Alex – Physics Major

Discover how the problem solving skills Alex has gained through the physics major will prepare him for whatever path he chooses.

Faculty with Real-World Experience

Our faculty’s mission is to prepare students to work confidently and effectively in physics or a related field, to develop the power to think critically, judge soundly and communicate effectively. Faculty have a personal interest in the success of students and mentor students as they progress to a degree.

Laboratory instruments from a remote location allow undergraduate students to perform actual experiments at any time and from any location and to repeat the process until the concept and the experiment are well understood.
Asif Shakur, Ph.D. Department of Physics Faculty

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