Seminars & Events

Natural Science & Mathematics Colloquium
Most Wednesdays at 4:40 in Schaefer 106

For updates, like the Colloquium on Facebook.

Program Highlight

Students preparing to drop a pumpkin from a window

The Physics Club organizes many activities for all students who enjoy physics.  

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SMP Spotlight

Roger Ding (2012), “An Individual Atom Magneto-Optical Trap on a Chip” (mentor: Josh Grossman)

Roger received the Department Award in Physics. He is currently pursuing his PhD in physics at Rice University.

Academic Opportunities

The Physics Department has five overlapping options for study:  

Outlines of each course of study follow below.  For more details, please refer to the Course Catalog.

Physics Major with Concentration
in Fundamental Physics 

Physics Major with Concentration
in Applied Physics 

Required courses
Fundamentals of Physics 1* Fundamentals of Physics 1*
Fundamentals of Physics 2* Fundamentals of Physics 2*
Fundamentals of Physics 3 Fundamentals of Physics 3
Mechanics Electronics
Advanced Physics Laboratory Advanced Physics Laboratory
Electricity & Magnetism Electricity & Magnetism
Quantum Mechanics Quantum Mechanics
Statistical Mechanics Intro to Computer Science 1 or
General Chemistry 2 
St. Mary's Project (8 credits) Topics in Applied Physics 1

Topics in Applied Physics 2
Calculus 1 Calculus 1
Calculus 2 Calculus 2
Vector Calculus Vector Calculus
Linear Algebra Linear Algebra
   
Elective (one of the following)
Mathematical Methods in Physics,
Optics,
Astrophysics & Cosmology
Senior Seminar in Physics,
Differential Equations,
Physical Chemistry,
Independent Study (PHYS 399/499)
Mechanics,
Optics,
Astrophysics & Cosmology,
Statistical Mechanics,
Senior Seminar Physics,
Differential Equations,
Physical Chemistry,
Software Engineering 1,
Partial Differential Equations 
   
  The St. Mary's Project is recommended
but not required for the Concentration
in Applied Physics 

* General Physics 1 & 2 may be substituted for Fundamentals of Physics 1 & 2, respectively, but the Fundamentals of Physics courses are recommended.

 

Physics major with preparation for the Masters of Arts in Teaching (MAT)

To prepare for the MAT and a career as a secondary physics teacher, a students should complete the physics major and an educational studies minor.  Courses for the educational studies minor and recommended physics electives are listed here.

 

Physics Minor
Required courses
Fundamentals of Physics 1*
Fundamentals of Physics 2*
Fundamentals of Physics 3

Elective courses (2 of the following)

Mathematical Methods in Physics,
Mechanics,
Electricity & Magnetism,
Optics,
Astrophysics & Cosmology,
Quantum Mechanics,
Statistical Mechanics

Pathway to a Degree in Engineering with a Degree in Physics

We can advise students on a course of study that will lead to degrees in engineering and physics, typically in five years.  Students will earn a Physics degree from St. Mary's and an Engineering degree from another institution, such as the University of Maryland.  This pathway combines the small class sizes and highly adaptable skills from St. Mary's with additional engineering coursework.