Program in transition. We are currently developing new programs to prepare for the jobs of the future. This specific program will no longer be offered beginning Fall 2019. These changes are a part of Goucher College’s continued commitment to deliver the very best student experience. Learn more
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. Learn More
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.
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
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.
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|
|Physics 3 Lab||Phys4009/3017||Fall|
|Physics 3 Computational Lab||Phys4008/3016||Fall|
|Lasers & Non-Linear Optics||Phys4014/3024||Spring|
|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.
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 350||Quantum Mechanics I||Ph3061||Fall|
Goucher's formal program with Sussex has been ended. However, Goucher students can still take a semester abroad by contacting the Office of Global Education 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 350||Quantum Mechanics 1||Spring|
|Ast 210||Introduction to Astrophysics||Fall|
|Nuclear & Particle Physics||Fall|
|Skills in Physics 2||Spring|
|Condensed State Physics||Fall|
|Physics Methods in Finance||Spring|
By studying abroad, Goucher students gain a global perspective that enhances their course of study. Visit the Office of Global Education 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.
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.
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.
Prizes & Awards
The Department of Physics and Astronomy offers three awards for outstanding students, with prizes of up to $500 each.
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.