Physics Department

Physics has been called the “fundamental science.” It explores matter and energy and the rules that govern them that are vital to scientific understanding.

The curriculum at SUNY Cortland encompasses all of the major branches of physics, from classical physics and quantum mechanics, to the study of the tiniest subatomic particles and the exploration of entire galaxies.

As a physics major, you’ll gain a strong background in applied mathematics, learn advanced computer skills and work with
sophisticated science instrumentation. You’ll also be able to collaborate with faculty on advanced research projects.

By studying physics at SUNY Cortland, you are preparing yourself for successful careers in a wide range of scientific fields, business, industry, government, teaching and in many other areas.


Exhibition ‘Measured Confluence’ extended to March 6

Febr. 28, 2020
Dowd Gallery’s international exhibition examines a cross-section of physics and art.

SUNY Cortland earns elite “gold” status for being “green”

June 6, 2019
SUNY Cortland has once again been recognized as one of the most sustainable campuses in the nation.

SUNY Cortland's Academic Odd Couples Address Real-World Problems

May 14, 2019
Student artwork is currently on display on the first floor of Bowers Hall.

‘Hidden Beauty’ Explores Art, Medical Science

Jan. 29, 2019
The exhibition gets artists and scientists talking about art and its meaning.

College Noted Nationally for Fostering Diversity

Oct. 5, 2018
SUNY Cortland was honored for steering students to math and science fields.


This department has not added any clubs or organizations. Please check back at a later time.