Physics and Astronomy
Why Study Physics at Siena?
The Physics & Astronomy Department at Siena College is experiencing a period of growth and revitalization. We have active faculty members who are leading exciting research programs in various fields of astronomy, physics, engineering, and science education. Most of these research programs are funded by the National Science Foundation or NASA. Also, and probably as a result, the number of physics majors is growing. We currently have nearly 60 majors (freshmen through seniors), and we are particularly proud of the large number of women who are currently pursuing physics degrees.
Undergraduate Research Options
The department also offers some pretty amazing research opportunities, and students can get involved as early as their freshman year. Our students participate in research projects on topics such as galaxy evolution, neutrino physics, X-ray spectroscopy, science education research, computational biophysics, atomic spectroscopy, satellite design and space physics. Most of these are paid positions, and students work over the summer and during the school year.