The Department of Physics and Astronomy at Geneseo provides an opportunity to learn and develop in an environment dedicated to excellence. Professional and personal relationships between faculty and students both in and out of the classroom and laboratory are cultivated through joint departmental governance, departmental colloquium presentations, trips to professional meetings and informal social events.
The Department offers four-year programs in physics and applied physics, and a (five year) 3-2 program in physics and engineering is offered with ten different colleges. Upon graduation, all undergraduate physics majors receive either the B.A. or B.S. degree in physics. The physics program includes at least 12 courses in physics and four courses in mathematics, two in another lab science and one in computer science.
The content and requirements of the B.A. degree in physics allow several options in the design of an undergraduate program: preparation for graduate study in physics or related fields such as engineering, certification in secondary physics teaching, preparation for immediate commercial or industrial employment, cooperative engineering programs and interdisciplinary majors in geophysics and biophysics.
The B.S. degree in physics is directed more toward the student who expects to enter the job market immediately upon graduation. In this program, students would minor in either computer science, mathematics or another science field and take more applied physics courses than are required for the B.A. degree.
SUNY Geneseo is listed among the top ten colleges in granting bachelor's degrees in physics in the United States, according to the American Institute of Physics.
In 2002, the SUNY Geneseo Department of Physics and Astronomy was identified as a "thriving department." We were one of twenty departments invited to participate in the Strategic Programs for Innovations in Undergraduate Physics (SPIN-UP), a program of the National Task Force on Undergraduate Physics.
On average, about seventeen physics majors graduate from Geneseo each year. There are eight faculty members in the department, so students can expect close interaction with the faculty. During a recent site visit, Geneseo physics majors reported that they experience a strong sense of community within the department.
In the past few years, Geneseo physics majors have given presentations on their research at national meetings in Washington, D.C., Hawaii, California, Virginia, New Mexico, Michigan, Georgia, and throughout New York State.