Physics is a science of the past and present concerned with developing a range of analytical and practical skills. Most of the course offerings include the important experience of the guided laboratory and small group sessions. Field experiences and observational activities are available in selected courses. From Astronomy to Geology, algebra-based Physics through calculus-based Physics IV and a number of technical and applied physics offerings, the department provides a full range of courses in undergraduate physics and related disciplines. The physics faculty are guided by the following mission:

  • To provide high quality education in physics to students at all levels and in all disciplines
  • To serve the college and community through the combined talents and expertise found in this department

As a distinct discipline within the Department of Biology, Chemistry and Physics, there is a collaboration with the Department of Mathematics and Science and Engineering Science and many of the Technology Programs to provide general education courses appropriate for career and transfer. Faculty members, including two Chancellor's Award winners, are personally dedicated to providing undergraduate education from a modern viewpoint. Some courses provide an interdisciplinary approach to the study of physics.

Contact Information

Peter A. Schaefer, Ph.D.
Department Chair
Science Center, Suite 319
(518) 629-7453