Why Study Physics?

Physics seeks to discover and describe the rules governing natural phenomena at all scales, from the building blocks of space-time to the large-scale structure of the universe.

The Merrimack physics department offers a wide range of courses related to this fundamental discipline, ranging from popular general-education courses such as Introduction to Astronomy (which uses our observatory) to more advanced courses such as Quantum Mechanics and Electromagnetic Theory.  

Our physics minor serves students majoring in other areas who desire a deeper understanding of physics, while our physics major lays the foundation for a diverse array of postgraduate opportunities. Our teacher education program leading to initial licensure (for high-school physics) is approved by the state of Massachusetts.

Students studying physics.

Why Merrimack?

  • The Mendel Observatory, which houses an Optical Guidance Systems 20-inch Ritchey-Cretien reflector and a number of electronic imaging systems, gives students a front-row seat to scientific advancements.
  • Majors may take up to 36 (B.A. program) and 24 (B.S. program) credits of free electives, respectively, making physics one of the most flexible majors within the School of Science and Engineering.
  • Students have the option to double-major in education, enabling them to graduate with initial licensure to teach physics in grades 8-12.