ChooseWhy Choose This Program?

Why Study Physics at Goucher?


We offer all the benefits of a major research university bundled into a program only available at a small liberal-arts institution. All the professors are active in exciting and cutting-edge research, which students can take part in as early as their first summer. All classes are taught by faculty, so students receive individualized attention and mentoring, and faculty have the time and resources to ensure that high-quality teaching remains our highest priority.

LearnWhat Will You Learn?

What Will You Learn?


Goucher's physics students acquire a high level of analytical thinking and problem-solving abilities through in-depth study of challenging physical concepts, both theoretical and experimental. They also have the opportunity to conduct advanced research in condensed matter physics, accelerator and beam physics, and materials science.

DoWhat Will You Do?

What Will You Do?


Across our entire range of courses, our program rivals those of the best colleges, preparing students for any academic or professional pursuit. To prove it, consider this: 94% of our majors have been accepted into the graduate program of their choice, or have secured a competitive job in research or industry.

Faculty

Program Contact
Sasha Dukan

Full-Time & Half-Time Faculty
Sasha Dukan, Professor of Physics: theoretical condensed matter physics

Jeffrey Hyde, Assistant Professor of Physics, theoretical physics and cosmology

Nina Markovic, Associate Professor of Physics: quantum transport

Rodney Yoder, Associate Professor of Physics: accelerator and beam physics

Professor Emeritus or Emerita or Emeriti
Ali Bakhshai, Professor of Physics: experimental condensed matter

Study Abroad

Physics is an international science, so Goucher's study abroad requirement is a natural part of your education. International studies opportunities in physics and astronomy are available through semester or yearlong programs at the University of Sussex (UK), or through a three-week intensive program studying astronomy in Granada, Spain.

UNIVERSITY OF GLASGOW

The School of Physics and Astronomy at the University of Glasgow is one of the UK's leading schools in both research and undergraduate education. Goucher students can attend any classes at the University and keep current with their required Physics and Astronomy requirements for their major. Students with Sophomore standing wishing to travel abroad should consult with the Department Chair. Students with Junior or Senior standing can use the following table as a guide for available courses and their translation to Goucher Physics requirements.

Goucher Course Glasgow Course Name Catalog Number Semester Offered
Phy 280 Math Methods 1 Phys4011/3021 Fall
Phy 300 Thermal Physics Phys4030/3036 Spring
Phy 301 Electromagnetic Theory 1 Phys4004/3011 Spring
Phy 310 Circuits & Systems Phys4003/3008 Fall
Phy 350 Quantum Mechanics Phys4025/3031 Spring
  Waves and Diffraction Phys4031/3037 Fall
  Solid State Physics Phys4028 Fall
  Nuclear & Particle Physics Phys4015 Fall
  Atomic Systems Phys4002 Spring
  Physics 3 Lab Phys4009/3017 Fall
  Physics 3 Computational Lab Phys4008/3016 Fall
  Lasers & Non-Linear Optics Phys4014/3024 Spring
  Medical Imaging Phys4013/3027 Spring
  Numerical Methods Phys4017/3027 Fall
  Energy & The Environment Phys4006 Fall
  Stellar Structure & Evolution ASTRO4009/3012 Year-long, odd years
  High-Energy Astrophysics ASTRO4008/3009 Year-long, odd years
  Galaxies ASTRO4005/3036 Year-long, odd years
  Circumstellar Matter ASTRO4010/3011 Year-long, odd years
  Instruments for Optical/Radio Astronomy ASTRO4010/3007 Year-long, even years
  Cosmology ASTRO4013/3003 Year-long, even years
  Astrophysical Data Analysis ASTRO4013/3003 Year-long, even years
  Exploring Planetary Systems ASTRO4007/3008 Year-long, even years
  Astro Skills 1 ASTRO4003P/3005 Year-long
  Astro Lab Project 1 ASTRO4001P/3004 Year-long

Notes: Students can participate in collaborative research projects with faculty by request. Typically, Glasgow students perform research projects during the Spring semester. Goucher students will be allowed to enter year-long courses in the spring term, if need be.

UNIVERSITY OF St. ANDREWS

Students with Junior or Senior standing can use the following table as a guide for available courses and their translation to Goucher Physics requirements. View a full listing of courses.

Goucher Course Glasgow Course Name Catalog Number Semester Offered
Phy 280 Mathematics for Physicists Ph3081 Fall
Phy 300 Thermal and Statistical Physics Ph3012 Spring
Phy 301 Electromagnetism Ph3007 Spring
Phy 310 Electronics Ph3074 Fall
Phy 350 Quantum Mechanics I Ph3061 Fall

UNIVERSITY OF SUSSEX

Goucher's formal program with Sussex has been ended. However, Goucher students can still take a semester abroad by contacting the Office of International Studies directly. University of Sussex was voted England's "Best Place to Be" in World University Rankings 2008 for its highly innovative and engaging courses, state-of-the-art resources, and prime location.

Students with Sophomore through Senior standing can use the following table as a guide for available courses and their translation to Goucher Physics requirements.

Goucher Course Sussex Course Name Semester Offered
Phy 220 Foundations in Modern Physics Fall
Phy 230 Physics Year 2 Lab Fall
Phy 280 Math Methods for Physics 3 Fall
Phy 300 Thermal and Statistical Physics Spring
Phy 301 Electrodynamics Fall
Phy 350 Quantum Mechanics 1 Spring
Ast 210 Introduction to Astrophysics Fall
  Scientific Computing Fall
  Nuclear & Particle Physics Fall
  Skills in Physics 2 Spring
  Theoretical Physics Spring
  Atomic Physics Fall
  Condensed State Physics Fall
  Lasers Spring
  Physics Methods in Finance Spring


By studying abroad, Goucher students gain a global perspective that enhances their course of study. Visit the Office of International Studies website for more information.

Opportunities & Internships

Goucher Summer Science Research Programs


The Goucher Summer Science Research Program offers undergraduate students the opportunity to work closely with faculty members on research projects. The program is designed for students who have taken relevant course(s) that pertain to faculty research and who want to learn more about the graduate or professional school experience and pursue a research career in science.

Learn more about our summer research program

Faculty/Student Collaborative Research in Physics


The Department of Physics believes science is best learned, and mastered, through a combination of class work and hands-on research. Therefore, physics faculty members are committed to promoting experiential learning outside of a classroom by involving students in collaborative scientific research on campus. Every physics/astronomy faculty member has strong independent research program as evidenced by student/faculty co-authorship on publications and presentations at professional conferences. The scientific research in our department has been funded by the grants from the National Science Foundation (NSF), NASA, the Research Corporation and others.

Learn more about our research projects

Summer Research Experiences at Universities and Abroad


Many of our students spend one or more summers participating in exciting research projects at major universities, both in the US and abroad.

View a list of summer research opportunities

Prizes & Awards


The Department of Physics and Astronomy offers three awards for outstanding students, with prizes of up to $500 each. 

Learn more about Prizes & Awards

Physics Club


The Goucher Physics Club was founded in 2002 as a means for students interested in the discipline to ask questions, share ideas, and organize events pertinent to interest in the subject. This broad base was established in the hopeful venture toward future club growth. Formal and informal talks, often co-organized with the Physics Department, are essential to keeping the interest level in physics vivid on campus. In the past, team-building actions have helped add to recognition and unity among the physicists of Goucher.

Physics itself can be a trying subject with many complexities and subtleties that often require a well-resourced student. It is the hope of the first members that The Physics Club of Goucher College can develop to be such a resource.

Student Work Opportunities


To find on-campus employment especially suitable for physics and astronomy students, please visit the Career Development Office.

Internship Program


Internships are a very important facet of the curriculum at Goucher College. As such, the faculty consider well-structured internships to be essential to a student's education - they provide valuable experience in work settings that often lead to informed career choices. Students find internship opportunities through the Career Development Office, through faculty and staff members, or on their own.

A detailed description of the off-campus experience is published by the Career Development Office each year and fully describes the guidelines and timetable for internships. Students interested in arranging an internship should contact their individual academic advisers.