Physics Major

Engage in the “fundamental science” by exploring matter, energy and the rules that govern them that are vital to scientific understanding in everyday life. Learn from distinguished faculty who will expose you to all 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.

Career Potential

  • Industrial or governmental research
  • Scientific advisor
  • Technical specialist
  • Environmental science policy analyst
  • Academia and graduate school

What Will I Learn?

  • Gain a strong background in applied mathematics
  • Learn advanced computer skills
  • Conduct extensive research and become engaged in the sciences
  • Work with sophisticated science instrumentation to enhance your educational experience

Concentration Options

Environmental Science

Integrate the depth and diversity of study in the sciences with a special interest in the environment.


Develop knowledge of the physical laws that govern the earth and a range of geology topics such as the earth’s interior, crustal movements, soil composition, mineral and fossil fuel resources.

Special Features

  • You’ll study and work in state-of-the-art classrooms and teaching laboratories as well as a new 41-seat digital projection planetarium.
  • Prepare for a successful career in a wide range of scientific fields, business, industry, government, research or teaching.

Physics Club Demonstrates a bed of nailsGet Involved

There are plenty of opportunities to participate in research projects with faculty and partake in internships in the U.S. or abroad.

Student Clubs

Honor Societies

Sigma Pi Sigma, The Physics Honor Society

Next Steps

Contact Us

Chair: Moataz Eman
Office: Bowers Hall, Room 144
Phone: 607-753-2821
Fax: 607-753-4973

Fast Facts

  • SUNY Cortland is the first institution in the 64-campus SUNY system to operate all of its facilities using 100 percent renewable electrical energy.
  • More than 90 percent of SUNY Cortland students participate in internships, civic engagement, service learning, practicum, student teaching or volunteer programs.

Type of Degree

Bachelor of Science (B.S.)
Credit Hours: 124


We recognize excellence in our students with awards and scholarships.

  • William Joseph Phelps ’69 Award
  • Outstanding Senior Physics Major Award
  • Kendall Reynolds Memorial Scholarship in Physics

See all scholarship opportunities

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